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Cartier Pasha Perpetual Calendar 30003
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Pair one of Cartier’s wildest designs with some of the most prestigious complications in watchmaking and you’ll end up with this Pasha Quantième Perpetuel. As the legend 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. In the 1980s, Cartier tasked the legendary Gerald Genta—the designer of the iconic Royal Oak and the Nautilus, among many other watches—to devise a new collection based on the Pasha’s watch. This ref. 30003 from the early 1990s was part of the Gerald Genta-designed Pasha de Cartier collection and incorporates a perpetual calendar and moonphase complication. The striking 38 mm 18k yellow gold case features a wide bezel and a bulbous sapphire-tipped screw down crown that is attached to the right hand side of the case with a small chain. The bold and unconventional design of the watch is accentuated by the presence of broad single lugs. In classic Cartier fashion, the ivory dial features black painted Roman numerals, a closed minute track, and a blued handset. Three sub-registers at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions display the month and leap year, the date, and the day functions, respectively. At the 12 o’clock position, an oval shaped recess shows a lovely deep blue disc with a cutout for the moonphase indicator. The watch runs on a handy quartz movement and comes with a black alligator leather Cartier strap with an 18k yellow gold Cartier deployant 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.
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