Cartier Watches Review: Guide to Classic Cartier Watch Styles | SwissWatchExpo

Fresh from the Showroom Floor – here at
SwissWatchExpo. This morning we’re talking about Cartier one of our
favorite brands. The iconic house of Cartier started the
watch world frenzy really with this model – the Santos. Back in the early 1900s
this was the first modern wristwatch, not this particular model, but one that this
one is a derivative of. And so we get a lot of questions about Cartier, about all
the different shapes they make, different sizes sometimes it’s a little unclear
which ones are considered the big sizes for today, which ones are the more
classic sizes. So we have a few of the classic sizes here – these are a little
bit smaller maybe not every single time that you wear a watch are you looking
for a big chunky modern 44 millimeter watch. You might be looking for something a little sleeker, a little bit more dressy, something that’s more in the
style of what gentlemen more in the 1950s 60s 70s before the the giant watch
craze kind of hit the world. So there are different sizes within Cartier – they do a
lot of different shapes and that’s really one of the hallmarks of the brand. As you can see here they really focus on Roman numerals although they do have a
lot of other dials available, as well one of our favorites is the Panthere – this one
came out in the 1970s. It’s been one of the most successful watches that they
ever made. The Cartier Panthere is very thin. It’s a dressier watch when it’s on
the wrist, it wears very well it’s real easy to wear not obtrusive at all. It’s
not something that is going to necessarily draw a lot of attention, but
it just has that great vibe that you might see from any of the movie stars
that wore this watch. This was extremely popular all through the 70s 80s and 90s.
The next one that kind of rocked the world for Cartier was the Tank Francaise – the French tank. This watch when it was launched in 1997, it was the biggest
single watch model line launch that Cartier had ever done in their 150 year
history. This one comes in various models, different sizes, that are quartz and
automatic. You can see it just looks this one’s steel and gold, it’s an automatic
movement, their dials are just incredible at Cartier. They use a process that’s
called “Flinque” and what it is is a hand engraved dial finish. It takes 40 hours
to engrave a sheet of the dials, and then they’re printed with the Roman numerals
down to the micro printing of the word Cartier hidden in one of the numerals.
Also in the Tank Francaise line, they made a little bit larger when it still
got the same kind of curve with the wrists, so it fits real close to the wrist,
it’s a very nice easy to wear watch but it does have a little bit bigger size
and you can see it’s got the chronograph function built in. This one actually has
a perpetual calendar as well. It’s a very complicated movement that they’ve packed
into a tiny little case there as far as fitting a movement to it. Next in size
would be we’ll come back to the Santos again – this is the Santos Extra Large Galbee. “Galbee” means curved that this one is curved with the wrists, all the links
are curved, the case is curved and you can see when it’s on it’s a little
bigger than the other ones, but it’s a little thicker. It’s certainly not in the
same scale as the giant watches that people have come out with the 40s and 50
millimeter type watches, it’s a great look with the combination of the brushed
steel and polish. It’s got the hidden clasp here on the side you can see it’s
just a great look all around. The largest of these watches that we’re talking
about today, that are all a little bit on the more classic dressy side is the
Roadter. Again when this came out, this became the biggest launch they had ever
done and it’s a fantastic watch. It’s a Tonneau shape, which means that it’s flat
on the top and bottom, curved on the sides like a barrel. Still has the Roman
numeral dial. This one is engraved in a circular pattern, that’s really inspired
by racing and by cars. There are a lot of little design cues in it that are
related to the Motorsports world. On the crown it looks like the gearing from a
transmission, the screws that are set into the lugs here look like the
headlights on some of the classic Austin-Healy cars. It’s also it’s called
Roadster because it’s convertible. With the convertible watch, the bracelet can click
on and off with a little titanium bar on the bag. You can put any color strap on
it you want. I love it on a black ballistic nylon strap – it looks fantastic.
But you can really dress it up with a shiny black alligator as well. You can
also get creative with colors with it. So that wraps up our review of the Cartier
watches that are offered in the more traditional, thinner, sleek dressier watch
style, here at Fresh from the Showroom Floor at SwissWatchExpo.

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