When it comes to luxury there is no other name that comes to mind other than cartier. Being one of the foremost brands in the industry, this watchmaking company has not only taken the world by its magnificent pieces of jewellery, but also iconic and intricately designed watches and accessories.
Founded in 1847 in Paris by the jeweller Louis-François Cartier, as he took ownership of jewelry workshop of the master-craftsman Adolphe Picard at 29, Rue Montorgueil in Paris,
These precise, flashy and unique and timeless watches are some of the most popular around the world. In its history of 174 years., the esteemed brand has produced exquisite timepieces and accessories such as the first wrist watch- ‘Santos de Cartier’ to the platinum panther brooch that has been bought by the royalty, the duke and duchess of Windsor in 1949.
With newer designs and using today’s immaculate technology, Cartier has taken its legacy and maintained a luxurious uphill climb keeping its Parisian splendour in its heart. Here are some of the most expensive accessories at Cartier:
Worth $27.4 Million, this timeless piece has its special place in the history of most expensive accessories by Cartier. Sold several years ago at Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale” for $27.4 million, this necklace features 27 large Qing Jadeite beads with vivid green translucent hues with very fine texture.
Inclusive of beads ranging from 19.2 mm to 15.4 mm, a clasp made with diamond, ruby, gold and platinum was believed to be created during the 18th Century for members of the Japanese royal Imperial Court.
Later, Cartier acquired the necklace and it was offered to the American heiress to the Woolworth fortune Barbara Hutton on her wedding day in 1933 by her father Franklin Laws Hutton. Hutton married Russian refugee Prince Alexis Mdivani, who divorced later but since Hutton was close to Alexeis’ niece, Princess Nina Mdivani, it was passed on to her.
The Ballon Bleu Tourbillon has the “extra-large” 46 mm diameter case with a thickness of 13 mm. its baguette diamonds studded bracelet design add charms and raises the gorgeousness of the watch. The magnificent timepiece is as modern as it is classic with the advanced movement mechanism and the fashionable slate grey dial and sun satin finished charmingly adding the appeal and charisma to the wrist. The tourbillon sits on the 6 o’clock region. The icon of this work of excellence makes it worth its price of 1.7 million dollars.
Worth $7 Million, this Cartier accessory is a must have in the collection of a modern Cartier timepieces. Known as Panthère de Cartier, is a modern take on the classic original which was created after Jeanna Toussaint spied a panther in the wild during a safari with Louis Cartier himself. With its fabulous history, this piece is inspired by the big cat-themed jewels which became a running theme for the brand – from wristwatches to brooches. This piece also has a royal connection. This iconic Cartier Panthère was first created for the Duchess of Windsor.
If a watch was to embody luxury for men, this limited-edition watch with 15.7mm thickness and 45mm diameter transparent case back and black alligator straps is the one. The straps offers double adjustable deployant buckle which offers ease in wearing. On the other hand, the $240,000 watch has gray dial has blue-colored sword shaped hands and prominent Roman numerals.
This $1 Million worth masterpiece has baguette diamonds, slate grey dial and sun satin finish measuring 46mm in diameter. Marking its unique stance in the Cartier’s watch collections, the distinctive blue hands and modern design is accompanied by functionality. So, if you are looking for luxury with purpose, this Ballon Bleu is a perfect optoion which isdurable, fashionable and a statement piece all at one time.
From the most extravagant and over-the-top accessories to the well designed and functional piece like Large Ballon Bleu, Cartier continues to redefine luxury today. From richest celebrities to royal men and women, Cartier adds the statement to every look. The brand’s most expensive watches, brooches, and bracelets have been worn by people across different time frames.
And in all these years, despite the changing fashion statements, luxury in terms of watches is still defined by one and only Cartier.