Cartier Tonneau Dual Time XLSold
Cartier Tonneau Dual Time XL
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THIS WATCH WITH SERIAL NUMBER A114807 WAS STOLEN FROM OUR SHOP DURING A BREAK-IN ON OCTOBER 22, 2020. FOR A LIST OF ALL THE WATCHES THAT WERE STOLEN, PLEASE CLICK HERE. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU COME ACROSS ANY OF THE STOLEN WATCHES. THANK YOU! The Tonneau has become one of our favourite Cartier watches. In our opinion it's just a portrayal of an elevated style. This Cartier Tonneau dates back to 2000, so it is quite a young specimen as this model has been around for more than a century. The case has the dimensions of 26 mm x 39 mm, which appears quite large but wears very elegant thanks to the slim, curvy shape that fits neatly to the wrist. This example is very special. First of all, the bezel has factory-set diamonds. However, the most important feature is that it displays two time zones on one dial. It is designed in a way that only Cartier could do. The upper part of the dial (first time zone) has the classic Tank configuration, which are large, black painted Roman numerals. The lower part of the dial (second time zone) has black painted markers and Roman quarters. Between the two sub dials the name 'Cartier' is displayed and above the six-hour position it says 'Paris'. The watch runs on two quartz movements. This Cartier was made for the globetrotter, the traveling gentleman.
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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