Cartier Colisee 881092

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'Classique' can be considered an understatement when you're referring to the Colisee. This distinctive model is something the French elite would appreciate. Obviously the French elite is well-aware of Cartier as the brand is "The king of jewellers and the jeweller of kings". Please, also add queens to this slogan as this watch would only fit the most elegant lady. The design of the bracelet and lug-attachment is inspired on pearl-bead chokers, something appreciated by the rich and famous in the beginning of last century throughout the art-deco period. The lugs and the case are embezzled with top-quality diamonds in an intricate setting. Often used by Cartier on factory-set models is the diamond crown instead of the cabochon-cut sapphire. The ivory-coloured dial is kept clean and features the well-known Roman numerals in black. The hour and minute hands are blued steel and display the time, powered by a quartz movement.

Introduction

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 jeweler 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 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!

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