When great men tell you that ideas are sometimes best born on the backs of restaurant napkins, they might actually be thinking about a balmy afternoon in Paris circa 1904. Then, a young Deutsch Prize winning aviator complained to compadre Louis Cartier that pocket watches are a tad dangerous when both hands are needed to pilot aircraft (there were no avionics in the nineteen aughts, everything was manual). Cartier created the Santos-Dumont with a simple leather strap and buckle and they say the rest is history. EXCELLENT CONDITION, WORKING, KEEPING TIME, DISCONTINUED MODEL & VERY RARE AND VERY HARD TO FIND. NO BOX AND NO PAPER
Large jewelry houses began to open up in Europe. The workshop of Louis Cartier was one of them. Cartier was founded in France in 1847. Louis-Francois Cartier began the company. His son Alfred took over administration of the business in 1874. Alfred’s sons, named Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, are credited with bringing the firm to worldwide prominence. It was also during this period that Cartier began adding its own reference numbers to the watches it sold, usually by stamping a four-digit code on the underside of a lug. Jacques took charge of the London operation and eventually moved to the current address at New Bond Street. Cartier’s Ideas Today
In the early 1920s Cartier formed a joint company with Edward Jaeger (of Jaeger- LeCoutre ) to produce movements solely for Cartier. Thus was the European watch & clock company born, although Cartier continued to use movements from other great makers. Cartier watches can be found with movements from Vancheron Constatin, Audemars-Piguet, Movado and LeCoutre I’d say my favorite classic wristwatch is the Movado Polyplan. I think it was patented or created in about 1912, and from what I understand they made them into the mid-1930s, but very few of them. I’ve owned a bunch over the years and have sold some to the Movado Museum.
Not every jewelry store has master jewelry designers capable of turning a customer’s dream into a customized piece of keepsake reality. But ever since C.J. Charles opened its shop doors, its master jewelers have stood ready to exceed customer’s expectations with an ability to design engagement or special occasion rings with diamonds ranging from5 to 25 ct. Cartier was founded in 1847 when Louis-François Cartier, then an apprentice to Parisian jeweler Adolphe Picard, took over the business when his master passed away. By 1853, young Louis-François had become a favorite of Napoleon III’s cousin Princess Mathilde, who helped Cartier gain entry to Parisian society.
This beautifully simple piece here is seen in 18k rose gold, boasting no imperfections of any kind. The back has an engine turned finish with a small monogram in the center, with a classic crown and gold seal on the stem. The clean open face looks quite large and it is, measuring 56mm in diameter. It features iridescent blued steel hands and a sunken seconds subdial, with black and burgundy numerals, all allowing for a subdued contrast. It might be a watch brand you haven’t heard of. Or if you HAVE, you’ve probably heard it pronounced incorrectly. The name is Tavannes. It’s pronounced ta-VAHN, like the lady’s name LaVonne.