Cartier Tank Louis XL Model Watch is Exactly What Lola Wants

Leave it to Cartier to know that whatever Lola wants, Lola gets, and Cartier designed Tank Louis Cartier XL watch to meet her expectations to a “T”.

Tank Louis Cartier XL Model Watch (Ref: HP100705) is an luxurious redesign of its iconic Tank Louis Cartier rectangular case which is elaborately embellished to exhibit feminine ambiance and charm.

Tank Louis Cartier XL open-works case exhibits the divine mastery of its new Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding – caliber 9616 MC skeleton, which appears to float freely within its diamond embellished 30mm X 39.2mm tank frame.

Cartier Tank Louis Cartier - XL Model 2

Tank Louis Cartier XL’s richly rhodium finished 18K white gold case shimmers set with 254 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of 2.20 carts, along with an 18K white gold beaded crown which is also set with a brilliant-cut diamond (0.12 carats). The open-works dial is complemented by blued steel hour/minute and small second hands.

Tank Louis Cartier XL amazing caliber 9616 MC skeleton movement consists of 159 parts and 21 jewels. The overall dimensions of the movement is 26mm X 26.3mm with a thickness of 3.6mm. The balance beats at 28,000 vibrations per hour with a power reserve of 72 hours/3 days. This incredible movement is protected by a sapphire crystal and caseback. It is water resistant up to 3 bars and is adorned with a beautiful fuchsia alligator skin strap.

Cartier really does get Lola and your Lola will definitely love Tank Louis Cartier XL. This watch has all the refinement and luxury that is expected of the Cartier brand. Gents get your Lola a Tank Louis Cartier XL for her birthday, Mother’s Day or simply just because you can!

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Spectacular Diver Watches of 2014

This year top luxury watchmakers took the plunge and emerged from the deep with diving watches structurally designed to perform in extreme conditions as well as transform into stylish everyday wear timepieces. Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot and IWC established a theme with their brands launching the year with spectacular diver’s watches.

 

(A four part series on luxury diver’s watches)

Cartier Calibre-de-Cartier Diver - Steel

Cartier raised the bar even for its exceptional standards by adding to its already prestigious Calibre de Cartier collection a diver’s watch – the Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Watch.

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver watch incorporates the brand’s appealing style with the technical requirements of ISO 6425 producing a watch to attract professional divers and admirers of diving watches alike.

Cartier Calibre-de-Cartier Diver - Pink Gold

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver is presented in a pink gold or stainless steel 42 mm case contrasted by a matt black dial that exhibits Roman numerals and an oversized Roman numeral twelve (a brand trademark) done in Super-Luminova as is the hour/minute hands and sub-dial. It has high quality 120-notch unidirectional rotating bezel with five-minute markers which is also done in Super-Luminova.

Cartier Calibre-de-Cartier - Super-Luminova for Readability

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver houses Cartier’s in-house 1904 MC self-winding mechanism, and contains ceramic ball bearings at the center of the rotor to aide in shock resistance and durability, all of which is protected by a thick crystal and a screw-in crown assuring water-resistance up to 990 feet. It is available adorned in a black rubber strap with a stainless steel or pink gold case, as well as in pink gold or stainless steel bracelets. Prices for the rubber strap versions is $8,200, stainless steel and pink gold $10,600 or an all pink gold version $28,000.

Cartier Calibre 1904 Mechanism

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Baselworld 2014 Opens its Massive Halls to Worldwide Guests

Baselworld 2014, Basel, Switzerland, opened its massive halls March 27 filled with the world’s leading luxury watchmakers and jewelry designers, welcoming a host of journalists and visitors from around the world.

Baselworld ceremony was opened by Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer, Christoph Brutschin, Member of the Cantonal Council of Basel-Stadt, and distinguished representatives from the jewelry and watchmaking industry whom welcomed guests to an amazing site of constructed pavilions showcasing some of the most elaborate watches and jewelry designs to grace the halls of Baselworld.

Baselworld has become the world’s largest open forum where industry watchmakers and jewelry designers come to present their latest products and innovations anticipating worldwide market sales and lucrative profit margins. It is also where many independent watchmakers have launched their brand identity and where new hopefuls anticipate gaining recognition and interest in their unique watch creations for an opportunity to launch their brand identity and/or acquire financial backing to launch their brand.

Among the over 1400 exhibitors with pavilions or booths at Baselworld, the Hong Kong Pavilion, organized by HKTDC (Hong Kong Trade Development Council ), has the largest national pavilion at Baselword this year. HKTDC promotes goods and services worldwide having a global network of more than 40 offices, of which 13 are on mainland China. Despite news of declining sales for luxury goods in Asia, the demand for luxury watches increased by +5.7 percent according to a World Watch Report released March 26th. Chinese consumers are highly interested in acquiring luxury watches from brands Omega, Cartier and Rolex, a fact based on data shared by Baidu (China’s leading search engine) of mobile phone searches. The watch models that Chinese consumers performed searches for and are also available for viewing at Baselworld are:

Omega Constellation Pluma

Omega Constellation (depending on model variant)

Omega DeVille

Omega De Ville (depending on model variant)

Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon

Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon

Baselworld runs from March 27 to April 3, 2014 and anticipates a host of celebrities, fashion designers, architects, along with watch collectors and aficionados from around the world to take in the trend of lifestyle watches, jewelry and architected pavilions of the over 30 kilometers of walkways within the great halls of Baselworld.

Special Limited Edition Watches that Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Horse

January 31 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year and top luxury watch brands celebrated in amazing form unveiling their special limited edition watches to commemorate the Year of the Horse.

Luxury watch brands with long established relationships in the Chinese markets, painstakingly designed special limited edition watches employing various art techniques to capture the essence of the Year of the Horse.

Three top watch designers that presented their limited edition Year of the Horse  2014 watches included Panerai, Cartier and Vacheron Constantin:

 

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Panerai Luminor Sealand (PAM00847) presents an ornately engraved horse poised on a hinged stainless steel watch cover. Each watch cover was hand engraved by master Italian craftsmen whom literally carve grooves into the stainless steel covers using a sparsello (a handcrafting tool). The skilled Panerai craftsmen then took fine threads of gold and inlaid them into the carved grooves gently hammering them to permanently secure them in place. The result, a visually stunning timepiece masterfully designed to depict the Year of the Horse.

Panerai Luminor Sealand features a 44mm diameter grey dial with Panerai’s traditional small seconds subdial and date. It has a brushed AISI 316L stainless steel case which houses Panerai’s in-house COSC certified OP III caliber (automatic movement) with a power reserve of 42 hours. It has a soft brown leather strap with a market value of $23,900. Panerai Luminor Sealand is limited to 100 pieces.

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Cartier Santos-Dumont captures the spirit of the Year of the Horse, made using two micro-mosaic techniques to depict the image of a regal white horse made of irregular shaped tesserae and a background comprised of fine Earth, Kalahari and grey Madagascar jaspers, chocolate obsidian and pink opal gemstones. Each piece required man-hours of no less than 120 hours of work, with 50 hours dedicated to the construction of the horse and 70 hours to complete the background.

Santos-Dumont Year of the Horse is a member of the Cartier d’Art collection. It is designed with Cartier’s signature tank style frame in 18k white gold embellished with baguette-cut diamonds. It has an 18k white gold case which houses a caliber 430 MC – mechanical movement. Cartier Santos-Dumont baguette-cut diamond watch is limited to only 10 pieces, it is also available in an 18K white gold tank version without diamonds which is limited to only 40 pieces.

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 Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Legend of Chinese Zodiac – Year of the Horse watch features such a vibrantly sculpted horse that it practically gallops off the dial. Vacheron Constantin’s established market relationship with China has existed since 1845 and is further enriched with its Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch collection. Vacheron Constantin watch artisans mastered the Chinese arts of Jianzhi (paper-cutting) and iconography, translating them to reflect in the designs of their Legend of the Chinese Zodiac watch collection.

Métiers d’Art Legend of Chinese Zodiac Year of the Horse watch is a special limited edition timepiece crafted in 18K 5N pink gold (Reference 86073/000R-9831) or platinum (Reference 86073/000P-9832) 12 pieces each. The 40mm round brown or blue dial features an engraved horse centered on the dial surrounded by iconography designed bamboo leaves. Four apertures on the dial present the hour, minutes, seconds and the date. It houses caliber 2460 G4, a mechanical self-winding movement which has a 22K gold oscillating weight. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per minutes and is Hallmark of Geneva Certified.

 

Cartier Baignoire Mini Watch WB520028

 

 

Written by: Krystal Esquillo

A mixture of gleaming diamonds and soft satin, the Cartier Baignoire Mini Watch WB520028 looks like it’s fit for a princess. In fact, this watch’s innovative, elegant design is a reflection of its royal beginnings. It encompasses feminine qualities and has proven to be an admired accessory among women since the early 20th century.

The Cartier brand has long been a presence in royal circles– a fact which is evident in the Baignoire’s design. Its elegant aesthetic draws from a diamond and onyx piece that Louis Cartier designed for Grand Duchess Pavlovna in the early 1900s. The eye-catching oval-dialed creation was named “baignoire,” the French word for the fixture it resembles: bathtub.

Round diamonds adorn the 18-carat pink gold bezel, while another lustrous diamond is set in the 12-sided crown. The identifiable oval case is elegantly aligned with the fabric, creating a sleeker, slimmer design ideal for a small wrist. The black Roman numerals are slightly altered to better contour the dial’s oval shape. A simple Cartier logo and signature blued-steel hands are the only other embellishments on the classic sunray-silver dial.

At only 25 millimeters in diameter, the Cartier Baignoire Mini Watch fittingly rests on a smaller wrist. The soft fabric strap and 18-carat pink gold ardillon buckle secure the timepiece comfortably and add to the overall look of refinement.

 

 

 

Specifications
– 25.30 mm x 20.795 mm, 7.73 mm thick
– 18-carat pink gold case
– Silvered dial with sunray effect
– Fabric strap
– 18-carat pink gold ardillon buckle
– Diamond-set, twelve-sided crown
– Sapphire crystal
– Quartz movement caliber 059
– Water resistant to 30 meters

Pros
This is an iconic timepiece from a respected, sophisticated brand. Of all Cartier collections, the Baignoire most epitomizes classic feminine beauty. The simple, minimalist design makes it timeless, while the diamond accents highlight the grace and natural beauty of a woman. Its enduring style makes it appropriate for all ages and all occasions.

Cons
Women come in all shapes and sizes, and wrist size will of course vary. This watch’s delicate design may not fit well on wider wrists and may look too small, especially considering that it is the smallest model in the collection. The good news: Cartier does have larger watches in the Baignoire collection. While they vary in design, all maintain the sleek, elongated curves of the imaginative oval dial.

This watch became an instant classic for good reason. Simply put, it is perfectly designed for a woman, both reflecting and complimenting her beauty. The Cartier Baignoire Mini Watch WB520028 is an exquisite accessory that has upheld its timeless sophistication across the generations.