Cartier Gondole Horizontale GrandSold
Cartier Gondole Horizontale Grand
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Cartier released the ‘Louis Cartier Collection’ in 1972 to celebrate moving its manufacture from France to Switzerland. This exclusive line set out to celebrate Cartier’s rich heritage and featured twelve full gold classic and contemporary Cartier models. The most outstanding among the bunch was the Gondole Jumbo. The Gondole fits squarely with the aesthetics of the 1970s: large, bold, and funky. The Gondole was released in two orientations: vertical and horizontal. This model is the horizontal one. Measuring in at 34.5 x 38 mm, the watch is positively domineering, especially given Cartier’s classic reputation. The inclusion of a stepped bezel gives the watch even more heft on the wrist. Yet, despite its rather large size and bold shape, the dial of the Gondole is classic Cartier through and through. The white dial features the instantly recognizable black painted Roman numerals, painted inner minute track, and the simple painted “Cartier” signature. A discrete “Paris” signature at the 6 o’clock position indicates that the watch still carries the original dial as when it was sold in the brand’s legendary boutique at Paris’ Place Vendôme. Last but not least, the blued sword hands match the iconic sapphire tipped crown we have come to know and love. The case is executed in 18k yellow-gold and comes on a black alligator-leather strap with an 18k yellow-gold Cartier deployant clasp. The watch has just returned from a service at Cartier and comes with the corresponding service papers.
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.
- SKU 6535
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