Cartier Santos Vendôme Ronde 8191Sold
Cartier Santos Vendôme Ronde 8191
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Cartier isn’t only known for making classic and elegant watches, but also has a history of producing peculiar models. The Santos Ronde Vendôme is a mashup of a trio of Cartier’s most important historical releases. The round case shape is borrowed from the Cartier Ronde, the house’s first round watch released in 1937. The watch also forgoes the traditional extended ‘shoulder lugs’ on the left and right side of the case. Like the Cartier Vendôme, it implements a single lug at the 6 and 12 o’clock position that connects to the metal bracelet. The distinctive screwed bracelet, of course, is borrowed from the Cartier Santos. The same screwed details are repeated on the watch’s 18k yellow-gold bezel. What emerges from this medley is a chic 1980s aesthetic, especially due to the use of steel and 18k yellow-gold. The details on this watch are quite a sight to behold. The dial is executed in a cool slate grey brushed metal finish. Atypical for Cartier, the dial is completely sterile except for the Cartier signature at the 12 o’clock and small “Swiss” print at 6 o’clock position. The watch and case are in impeccable condition. We particularly love the deep engraved interlocking “C” Cartier logo on the clasp of the bracelet. And, of course, in true Cartier style, the crown is topped with a sapphire cabochon. The watch has received a full service at Cartier and comes with the corresponding service appears and a one-year Cartier warranty.
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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