Cartier History

Cartier watches continue to inspire watch lovers all around the world with their expertise, their performance and their luxury.

With over 160 years of Parisian watch manufacture behind them, these pioneers of French precision and craftsmanship have made some beautiful creations like the pilot-inspired Cartier Santos, the bubble-shaped Cartier Ballon Bleu with sapphire crown and the cult watch – the Cartier Tank. Diamond studded women’s watches, cutting edge automatic movements and innovative materials make up the many elegant designs of the iconic Cartier watch world.

Cartier Collection Highlights

Cartier’s shaped designs have made their mark on history. The Ballon Bleu de Cartierr collection creates the impression of a floating bubble on the wrist enhanced with a cabochon cut sapphire. The Panthère De Cartier collection, has a distinctive and mobile design inspired by the grace of the stealth-like Panther. An elegant timepiece from this collection will not go unnoticed.  

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The success and vast popularity of Cartier is owed to the leadership and the intelligence of its founder back in 1847. Louis Cartier implemented his early passion and enthusiasm in jewellery and timepieces, into the French company. He understood the importance of what people desired and needed in a wristwatch of that era.

Cartier watches were swiftly embraced by royalty. Princess Mathilde in particular, cousin of Emperor Napoleon III became one of the brand’s most loyal customers. In 1902 Cartier opened a boutique on Old Bond Street which to this day is one of the three flagship temples of the Maison, along with Rue de la Paix in Paris and 5th Avenue in New York. Within the following two years, Louis Cartier received an invitation to become King Edward VII’s official purveyor of fine jewellery, which peaked the interest of a long list of Royal families and courts all over Europe who followed in the same footsteps– each one desiring the beauty and the commitment to quality that Cartier represented.

Amongst multiple iconic watch creations, the Cartier Tank watch is perhaps the Maison's most noteworthy design. Worn by the likes of Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy and Angelina Jolie, the vintage-inspired rectangular case shape mimics the original fighting tanks of the First World War. Cartier Tank watches now come in many forms: the Tank Must, Tank Francaise, Tank Louis Cartier and Tank Americaine to mention just a few. Whilst adopting the same design principles of the iconic Cartier Tank watch, these evolved versions have, along the way, been showcased with more modern approaches, all collectable for the true Cartier afficionado, with different details in each iteration.

We invite you to browse the many Cartier collections online, or click one of the following links to explore men's Cartier watches or women's Cartier watches at Berry's.

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