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Cartier: Luxury and Power On Your Wrist

Few brands can compete with Cartier when it comes to fine jewelry and exquisite watches. Cartier is a global phenomenon and has made a mark in the high-end fashion industry.

With over 150 years of experience in the watchmaking industry, Cartier watches were first introduced into the market by the well-known jewelry designer Louis-Francois in 1847.  The company was among the first to offer wristwatches in an era still dominated by the pocket watch.

The brand is famous for its unforgettable and exquisite jewelry design collection, such as the Panthère de cartier – a watch that doubles as a piece of jewelry, among many others.

Combining a rich past with iconic innovations and designs, Cartier watches have become a symbol of luxury and power. Each piece from this watch brand boasts unparalleled workmanship, attention to detail, and unique designs.

History of Cartier Watches

Cartier was once dubbed the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers. With history, tradition, and experience stretching back more than 160 years, this company has flourished into one of the most highly regarded watchmakers in the world.

Cartier watches are not only a symbol of luxury and power, but they are also a piece of history.

Founded in 1847 in Paris, France, Louis Francois Cartier took ownership of the Parisian jewelry store run by his mentor, Adolphe Picard, and founded his namesake brand. The key to the company’s success was Cartier’s acute awareness of his customers’ tastes.

Since then, the company has garnered a reputation for catering to the extravagant desires of the elite in society.

In 1874, Alfred, the son of Louis Cartier, joined the company, bringing a fresh perspective to the company and expanding the brand’s offerings, such as their watchmaking department. As early as 1888, diamond-studded women’s watches have made appearances in Cartier’s showcases.

In 1903, Cartier designed their first men’s wristwatch. Designed specifically with the needs of pilots in mind, the timepiece was inspired by Alberto Santos-Dumont, a pioneer in aviation and the timepiece’s namesake. The exquisite watch featured a flat shape and square bezel and became widely known as the “Santos”.

In 1907, Cartier partnered with Edmond Jaeger of the famous watch brand Jaeger-Le Coultre. The latter agreed to be the exclusive supplier of movements for Cartier watches.

Cartier also started introducing several timepiece models in the early 1900s that have since become iconic wrist watch collections around the world. In 1917, the brand launched the original Tank – one of Cartier’s most enduring and celebrated timepieces of the modern era.


How Much Does a Pre-Owned Cartier Watch Cost?

Dubbed the king of jewelers, fans of luxurious watches will love Cartier’s comprehensive catalog with a wide range of prices. Be prepared to pay between S$3,746 to S$74,030 onwards for pre-owned Cartier watches in Singapore.

Models from the Cartier Santos collection typically sell for between S$6,094 – S$74,037 on the private sales market. One of the most popular Santos models is the Cartier Santos ref. WSSA0030 which costs around S$9,331 onwards.

Another popular collection is the Cartier Tank which sells between S$3,836 – S$65,940 on the private sales market. If you’re looking for affordable pre-owned Cartier watches, you may want to consider the Cartier Tank ref. W5200028 which currently sells at around S$3,902.

Cartier timepieces are very in demand and their prices are very competitive. However, they are also considered a profitable investment as their classic designs will never go out of style.

What Are the Best Cartier Watch Models?

Cartier Tank: When it comes to iconic, classic timepieces, the Cartier Tank is one of the first that comes to mind. This collection is best known for its infamous square or rectangular interface. It combines a simplistic yet contemporary design. For instance, the Tank Solo XL ref. W5200028 features an automatic mechanical movement that sits within the XL’s 31 x 40.85-mm case.

Santos de Cartier: The brand’s first square watch, Santos de Cartier remains one of the most iconic timepieces that combines minimalist and sleek aesthetics. Part of its appeal is showcasing details, such as identifiable screws. One of the top-tier Santos models is the Santos de Cartier Skeleton watch which boasts a case in steel, a seven-sided crown set with a faceted sapphire, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, and sapphire crystal.

Ballon Bleu de Cartier: Debuting in 2007, the Cartier Ballon Bleu collection was derived from adding unexpected volume to its circular shape. It features crowns set with a blue (“bleu” in French) sapphire or spinel cabochon. Some of the exclusive editions combine white gold with large numbers of diamonds.

Are Pre-Owned Cartier Watches a Good Investment?

The short answer is yes. Cartier has earned its place among the global ranks of watchmakers and trailblazers. As such, Cartier timepieces are considered premium, luxurious items and highly collectible.

Additionally, Cartier watches not only hold their value but also increase in value over time. In fact, prices for their entry-level collections, such as Ronde Solo and Tank Solo, start from S$2,500 to S$90,000 for the skeletonized precious metal models.

Cartier will remain one of the most luxurious and renowned jewelry and watch brands. Their timepieces will continue to gain popularity due to their classic, elegant, and timeless design.

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