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.

 

 

 

Cartier Santos Demoiselle Quartz Women’s Watch, Stainless Steel W25064Z5

 

Written by: Krystal Esquillo

The Cartier Santos Demoiselle Stainless Steel Quartz Watch W25064Z5 is a simple yet stately timepiece perfect for a woman who appreciates classic elegance for everyday wear.

Cartier’s iconic Santos collection takes its name from Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, a friend of Louis Cartier who wanted the ability to tell time while flying. In 1904 the Santos watch was created—one of the first of its kind—complete with a round-angled square dial, blue sword-shaped stainless steel hands, and black Roman numerals.

As a feminine version of this iconic collection, the Santos Demoiselle delivers the same style but in a more delicate, graceful way. A sapphire crystal encases the white, silver grained dial. The square, stainless steel case, measuring 21 mm in diameter, is built slightly smaller than the men’s version to better suit a woman’s wrist. Steel brick links make up the polished bracelet which is finished in a deployment clasp, creating a seamless look when the watch is fastened. The octagonal crown is set with a synthetic, faceted spinel for a nice touch of color. In addition, this timepiece is water resistant up to 100 feet (30 meters). The quartz movement is made carefully in Switzerland and tested thoroughly to ensure the highest quality—a statement that can be made about all Cartier movements.

Priced at $3,485 the Cartier Santos Demoiselle in Stainless Steel makes a great purchase for a first-time Cartier customer, or someone who wants to begin their luxury watch collection. While the Santos Demoiselle comes in 18-carat yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and even diamond-embellished models, the stainless steel design encompasses the beauty and elegance without a $15,000 or $20,000 price tag.

 

 

Specifications

–       28.25 mm x 21.65 x 5.5 mm case dimensions

–       Stainless steel case and bracelet

–       Stainless steel crown set with synthetic spinel

–       Sapphire crystal

–       Cartier caliber 157 quartz movement

–       Water resistant to 100 feet/30 meters/3 bars

 

Pros
This is a high quality, precision crafted watch in a timeless, signature Cartier style. It is a slightly adjusted design of a popular collection to better suit a woman’s style and elegance. The stainless steel model enables the wearer to flaunt the classic, high-class design without paying tens of thousands of dollars.

Cons
The design may be a bit simple for women who prefer embellishments or sub-dials to display additional complications. However, this watch is available in a diamond-embellished model for those who seek a bit more sparkle.

The Cartier Santos Demoiselle Stainless Steel Quartz Watch is a beautiful timepiece that many women will enjoy and love to wear every day. It is a representation of Cartier’s rich history and is an ideal watch for Cartier admirers.

 

 

Cartier Opens in Sin City

roadsterWell, when you go to Las Vegas, there will be one more sin to add to your long list. Cartier is opening a new boutique in CityCenter, literally a city being built within the city of Las Vegas. Always looking to out-do what Vegas already offers, CityCenter includes ARIA Resort & Casino, a 4,004-room gaming resort, three luxury hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental, Vdara Hotel and The Harmon, a collection of fine art and many, many retailers. The 500,000 square-foot retail and dining district called Crystals seeks to become Las Vegas’ number one shopping and culinary destination.

On December 3, 2009 Crystals will open its doors and behind those doors will be many of the world’s top-end luxury brands, including Prada, Christian Dior, Bvlgari, Carolina Herrera, Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Cartier, Versace and more.

The beauty of Las Vegas is that it has built a reputation for itself as not only a playground for adults with money, and the city that never sleeps, but also, and perhaps most importantly, as the city that never tells: “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” So, whatever your motivation for going is and whatever amount you lose or gain, it’s almost impossible not to take advantage of all the shopping and how can you lose with Cartier? Cartier watches are some of the most sophisticated and elegant in the world. Cartier watches are mysterious and dream-inspiring and have long provided royalty, stars and celebrities with a classy look.

Cartier men’s watches and women’s watches do a whole lot more than turn heads. They forever up the ante on how aficionados define “luxury” watches. Cartier is the world’s #1 seller of jewelry and #2 seller of luxury timepieces.

If you don’t plan on hitting the jackpot in Vegas any time soon, you can still own a Cartier watch. View our grand selection here. It’s a “sin free” zone.