Cartier Pasha Grille 1021

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“Mash’Allah, Mash’Allah,” is what we imagine the Pasha of Marrakesh said when he took possession of his unique 18k gold waterproof watch from Louis Cartier. We’re proud to offer you a 1980s reinterpretation of that one-of-a-kind watch. As the story goes, somewhere in the 1930s or 1940s the Pasha commissioned Cartier to build a sturdy gold wristwatch that he could take with him during his daily swim. Cartier, in turn, came up with a bold round watch with striking lugs and a large crown protector cap. Now, it’s not clear if this story is actually true. Truth be told, it is likely that the Pasha ordered a more classic rectangular shaped watch, like the waterproof Tank Étanche. Regardless of the origin story, Cartier released this unique design to the public in the 1980s through the now iconic Gerald Genta-designed Pasha de Cartier collection This ref. 1021 features a 38 mm 18k yellow gold case with a unidirectional turning bezel and large crown protecting cover with a security link. The bold and unconventional design of the watch is accentuated by the protective 18k yellow gold ‘grille’ placed over the sapphire crystal. The 18k yellow-gold ‘Figaro’ bracelet, with its distinctive 5 link construction, is attached to the case through the art deco style ‘Vendôme’ lugs. The silver dial features exquisite guilloché engraving and painted Roman numerals alongside the radial minute track. A discrete round date window is placed between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions, magnified by a small cyclops on the sapphire crystal. The characteristic blued sword hands, in turn, match perfectly with the blue sapphire stone on the crown protector.  This ref. 1021 is powered by a handy automatic movement. The watch has just been serviced by Cartier and comes with the corresponding service papers.

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 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.

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Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.