Cartier Baignoire Mecanique 'Paris'

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The Cartier Baignoire is based on an unnamed design from 1912 that was gifted by Louis Cartier to Russian Grand Duchess Pavlovna. The model was only released to the general public in 1957 under the ‘baignoire’ moniker, from the French word for bathtub. Fittingly, this elegant ladies model gives us the same fuzzy feeling as slipping into a warm bathtub! The Baignoire takes the traditional round watch shape but stretches and curves it into an evocative feminine design. Together with the slim strap that is hidden under the case, the Baignoire gives the impression of a watch merrily floating on top of the wrist. This 18k yellow-gold Baignoire measures 31 x 22 mm, a perfect ladies size that is neither hefty nor diminutive. This particular watch features an uncommon ‘fancy’ case compared to the average Baignoire due to the addition of an extra concave band (known as a ‘gadroon’) around the glass, which gives the impression of a stepped case.  The white dial with classic painted black Roman numerals features a “PARIS” signature at the 6 o’ clock position, indicating that the watch was sold by Cartier’s legendary flagship boutique at Place Vendôme. Moreover, the watch runs on a classic hand winding movement as opposed to the more common battery-driven versions. As tradition dictates, the crown is topped by an exquisite blue sapphire cabochon. The watch comes on a red lizard leather Cartier strap with an 18k yellow-gold Cartier folding clasp.


Cartier  Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont a watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch. Cartier Baignoire The feminine 'Baignoire' watch has changed little since the model was launched in the early 1960s. The beautiful curved case follows the natural curve of the wrist making for a comfortable yet elegant fit.


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