Cartier’s Story is a journey through some of the most luxurious objects in history, iconic creations based on tradition and the most valuable materials.
History from its origins
Cartier was founded in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier, a jewelry apprentice who, in a short time, learned all the secrets of this trade. Its first milestone had a lot to do with aviation. Alberto Santos Dumont, the first man in history to pilot an airplane through a pre-established circuit, exposed to Louis Cartier the difficulty of consulting a pocket watch while flying, Cartier’s response was the design of a flat wristwatch, Square bezel that became the first men’s wristwatch in history.
Another of the innovations attributed to Cartier was the first transparent dial watch with a hidden mechanism, known as the ‘Mistery Clock’. Furthermore, Cartier has been a pioneering brand in design, with Art Deco-based watches that are a reference for many collectors. But beyond watchmaking, Cartier is one of the brands associated with luxury due to its jewelry work. The precision of its jewelry and the value of the materials used to make each Cartier jewel unique, to such an extent that this brand is one of the most valued in the international jewelry market.
Jewelry products by Cartier
All of Cartier’s creations are exceptional, a work that can be seen in collections such as Les Galaxies de Cartier, Coloratura or Resonances de Cartier. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and brooches, for people who know that no detail can go unnoticed, especially when it comes to pieces of jewelry of great luxury.
If you are looking for a diamond set in exceptional design, Cartier is a safe bet. A Cartier diamond is forever, its engagement rings and wedding bands are the best way to say ‘forever’, besides, its Daily Diamonds collection offers all kinds of possibilities for those who want to seal their engagement with a diamond or various. Cartier also has achieved something that few brands can do, has made their watches recognizable at first glance. A rectangular case watch and a leather strap, accompanied by the mythical blue hands, is a symbol of distinction and the best emblem of the Cartier house.
The panther, the symbol of Cartier
Many of Cartier’s jewelry incorporate a set panther, the brand also uses the panther for most of its advertising messages, and this feline has become a symbol of the French house. The origin of the relationship between Cartier and the panther took place at the beginning of the 20th century. In these years, artists like George Barbier put the first hundreds of what would be Art Deco, it was precisely Barbier who created the painting ‘Woman with Panther’, which impressed the founder of Cartier.
From this painting, the panther was used as an image for the invitation to Cartier’s 1914 collection, its acceptance was such that Cartier himself decided to adopt this feline as an image symbol of his brand. Louis-François Cartier was so impressed by this animal, that a few years later he traveled to Kenya to see the movements of this animal live, which would inspire his next collections.