In 1847, Cartier Watches was founded in Paris by Louis-Francois Cartier, specializing in the manufacture of breathtaking jewelry and watches, and was appointed as the official purveyor to many kings and rulers throughout the world. Shortly after 1900 an aviator friend of Cartier, Alberto Santos Dumont, voiced complaint over the difficulty of reading time from a pocket watch while flying and thus, the "Santos" edition watch was born. This was the first men's wristwatch ever to be created, and soon after, the Cartier Watch company was born.
By 1907, Cartier Watches had branches in New York, London, and St. Petersburg establishing them as a truly international watch company. In 1917 Cartier Watches created their famous Tank line which was inspired by the Renault tanks that Cartier observed during WWI. The lines and proportions of the Tank watches represent those of actual tanks, with the color and decorations of the watches being similar to those of real tanks as well. A special sapphire cabochon adorns the crown of many Cartier watches in general and all of the Tank style watches in particular. Presently there are over 30 different types of Tank watches found in both quartz and automatic, with one of the most popular being the Tank Francaise watch, available in both men's and ladies' sizes.
The worldwide nature of the Cartier brand is felt through its watch collection titles including: the Tank Americaine men's watch and the Tank Americaine ladies' watches, which are produced only in precious metals making it very exclusive. Also available is a classic style called the Tank Louis Cartier which is available for both men and ladies. Finally, the Tank Solo watches are available in round and rectangular shapes for both men and ladies at very reasonable prices - making for a perfect gift.
The new Ballon Bleu watch series is a beautiful and unique addition to the Cartier watch line. The crown is set with a sapphire stone which is then covered by a steel protector. The Ballon Bleu is available in three sizes: the Ballon Bleu full size watch, the Ballon Bleu medium size watch, and finally in a smaller ladies watch size. Also available from the Ballon Bleu watch collection is the new Ballon Bleu Chronograph watch.
The Roadster watch with its distinct appearance and shape allows for the bracelet and strap to be switched in a matter of seconds without the use of any tools. The Roadster watch is also available in a ladies edition with a quartz movement. Additional variations are also available, such as the Roadster GMT watch and the Roadster Chronograph watch.
The Must 21 series is composed of quartz watches which come in both men's and ladies' sizes, and includes the Must 21 Chronoscaph watches.
The LaDona De Cartier ladies series is a popular watch with an asymmetrical bezel and interwoven links. It is available in two different sizes.
The Pasha series was created especially for one of the Pashas in Morroco, and each watch in the series has Arabic numerals. The Pasha watch series includes the Pasha 42mm, Pasha Seatimer, Pasha Chronograph, Pasha GMT, Pasha C, and Pasha 32mm for ladies.
The Santos collection watches are immediately recognizable by their square design. The Classic Santos watches are available in both men's and ladies' sizes with either quartz or automatic movements. The new Santos 100 series watches are bold yet versatile. The Santos 100 collection includes a plain automatic version and the Santos 100 Chronograph. The Santos Dumont is a dressy version of the Santos collection. The Demoiselle watches are the modern version of the famous and hugely successful Panthere collection by Cartier.
Finally, the ladies Baignoire series, cased in white gold and lined with diamonds, is a luxurious watch for the classy woman.