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Cartier Vendôme Automatique
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The Cartier Vendôme is an ode to Place Vendôme, the famed Parisian square in the first arrondissement at which the Cartier flagship store is located. It is also the location of the luxurious Ritz Hotel, the classical shirtmaker Charvet, and the French Ministry of Justice. The Cartier Vendôme features an 18k yellow-gold case with a stepped bezel design that gives it a charming architectural quality. The design of the Vendôme lacks traditional extended lugs, instead featuring cutouts through which the attached leather strap seems to blend seamlessly into the case. The watch measures 33 mm, making it suitable for ladies as well as classically-minded gentlemen. The original white ‘Paris’ signed dial—which displays some craquelé—is executed in true Cartier fashion, with black painted Roman numerals, a closed railroad minute track, and slim sword hands. Following Cartier tradition, the 18k gold crown is topped with a blue sapphire cabochon. This lovely Vendôme was produced in the 1970s, runs on a handy automatic movement, and comes on a classic crocodile leather strap.
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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