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Inside The Archives Of Counterfeit Cartier

“What makes a Cartier watch different is really the work on shape and design.” This one sentence pretty much sums up the 25 pieces we got to see from Cartier’s official archives, including some of the craziest variations of the iconic Tank. This outstanding lineup also showed how Cartier has managed to continuously re-invent itself over nearly two centuries, with a unique ability to twist a classic and still keep the distinctly elegant vibe that has characterized the French maison since its founding in 1847. But aesthetics are not the only domain in which Cartier turned the horological world upside down; one should not forget where the invention of the deployant buckle came from, nor the countless groundbreaking calibers specifically developed for such inventive cases.

Of course you should watch the video above, but here are closer looks at a few of the incredible watches we had the opportunity to handle.

cartier square pocket replica watch
cartier square pocket replica watch

Square Pocket Watch In Platinum

What might look like a simple pocket watch turns out to be a highly technical piece, following the patent application 421746 filed in 1910 by Edmond Jaeger (the previous year he had also protected the principle of the folding buckle on behalf of Cartier, French patent 409891). In the case of this square piece, the glass was held in place through the bezel, itself attached to the case with eight visible screws. Interestingly, the round edges of the square reveal the play on basic geometrical shapes, and already announce some of the later variations we’d see in Tank wristwatches. That it’s solid platinum, with a platinum chain only ups the ante.

1980s Santos Inspired By 1910s Model

The Santos was the very first replica cartier santos 100 diamond uk watch conceived for men. It was born out of a private order from the adventurous pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wished to read the time without removing his hands from the controls of his plane ( though “flying machine” would probably be a more accurate description of this contraption, given that this happened back in 1904). The Santos was then commercially launched in 1911, and almost identically re-produced in the 1980s, proving how eternal a great design can be.

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replica cartier santos diamond watches

Original Tank Normale

The Tank Normale is nothing more than its name suggest: the “first” Tank, originally designed for General John Joseph Pershing in 1917 and serially produced in 1919 (in nine examples, all sold almost immediately). The naming convention was adopted to make a distinction with the replica cartier tank americaine diamond watches Louis Cartier, which offered more rounded edges from 1922 onward. Both Tank models play with the stylistic grammar that we know from Cartier, offering a square dial within a rectangular shape. Note that while this example belongs to the early production (its engravings date it to 1938), the Tank Normale was also relaunched in 1973.

Baignoire Allongée

The Cartier Baignoire might only have been introduced in 1957, its lines are strongly inspired by a watch that Louis Cartier had gifted to the Russian Grand Duchess Pavlovna, who might have been the very best individual client of Cartier in the early 20th Century. This watch owes its name to its resemblance to a bathtub, or “baignoire” in French (it was only officially called this in 1973, the Baignoire Allongée simply being an oversized version of the regular model). Its dramatically elongated numerals follow the typical Cartier typography, while offering a new take on how to elegantly balance a dial, even if oval-shaped.

Crash

While the Cartier Crash is highly reminiscent of The Persistence of Memory painted by Salvador Dali in 1931, its origin story is something else entirely (though maybe apocryphal). Its asymmetric case is said to come from a Baignoire Allongée which had melted after it was worn in a fatal car crash. The watch was brought in to Cartier London for repair and inspired the watch you see here. It could also just be a product of the Swinging Sixties in London, where the Crash first appeared in 1967, powered by a caliber from Jaeger-LeCoultre. Either way, it’s become a true icon, unlike anything else out there.

replica Cartier Crash
replica Cartier Crash

Round With ‘Pebble’ Shape

This Cartier is another model produced by Cartier London in the 1960s. It based on the geometric play between the classical round shape of the case and the lozenge dial. It is nonetheless intrinsically Cartier, from the painted Roman numerals to the cabochon sapphire-set crown. And its pebble-like shape makes it a wonder on the wrist, emphasizing that functionality was never forgotten in the quest of elegant shapes. It is an extremely rare reference with a total production estimated at just six examples.

Tank Cintrée

The Tank Cintrée was unveiled in 1921, elongating the rectangular dimensions of the original Tank (the French word “Cintrée” here could be translated to something like “slimmed down” or “cinched”). The curved case follows the curvature of the wrist too, while its thin profile make it supremely elegant. It is a watch often associated with movie stars, famously worn by Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. Its slimness though hurt the water resistance, which explains the later introduction of the thicker Tank Américaine in 1989.

Santos With Bracelet

replica santos with bracelet
replica santos with bracelet

This version of the Cartier Santos is by far the youngest replica cartier watches uk from this selection, as evidenced by the screws on its bracelet, a characteristic of the 1978 Santos redesign (although the original Santos remained in production, especially in the Collection Privée Cartier Paris, also known as CPCP by the Cartier aficionados). The “new” Santos maintains the tool watch focus of its predecessor, as evidenced by the primary role of the exposed screws in the construction of its case and bracelet. Its stainless steel body was also a radical departure from the precious metals that Cartier had been consistently using, though the gold bezel and screws in the bracelet add some glitz. Along with the more affordable members of the Must de Cartier family, these pieces introduced Cartier to a new, younger clientele in the 70s and 80s.

Cartier Courts Young Men With Luxe Fake Watches

It is “everything you want and nothing that you don’t,” read a review in Hodinkee about the new Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat, an elegant retro-style timepiece that was a breakout star of the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie cartier replica watches swiss movement show in Geneva. “Laying eyes on it will inevitably lead to your reaching out to put it on your wrist,” enthused Revolution, a watch magazine. “Our prayers have been answered,” read another site, Monochrome.

Fresh off the release of its sporty Drive de Cartier last year, and the streamlined Extra-Flat version this year, Cartier seems to be having a moment.

The august Parisian jeweler long associated with Art Deco elegance and money-is-no-object opulence, particularly for well-heeled women (hey, Cartier is name-checked by Marilyn Monroe in “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”), has become an unlikely darling of the young male watch-geek set, whose tastes typically run to brawny dive watches by Rolex and Omega.

Fake Drive de Cartier watch
Fake Drive de Cartier watch

To put things in automotive terms, it is as if Rolls-Royce were suddenly trop chic among the Land Rover crowd.

“The Drive manages to capture the X-factor their other watches were lacking, while still looking distinctly Cartier,” said Zach Weiss, 32, the executive editor of the watch site Worn & Wound, which caters to stylish young men.

“It’s not a betrayal of their image or a shift in branding; rather, it’s the brand creating a product for the tastes of a newer, younger market,” Mr. Weiss added. “The cushion-cased design has the reserved but glamorous notes that are quintessentially Cartier, but with a bolder, more aggressive posture. It’s stylish, masculine and tasteful. It’s a watch you would imagine Ralph Lauren happily including in his line.”

Replica Cartier Tank Française watch
Replica Cartier Tank Française watch

Cartier is hardly an afterthought in the world of fine timepieces. The venerable French maison, which is owned by the Richemont luxury group and manufactures its watches in Switzerland, has typically been listed as either the second- or third-biggest Swiss cartier santos 100 replica watch brand in terms of sales, alongside Omega, behind Rolex.

Indeed, Cartier has been churning out timepieces since World War I, when it introduced the Tank, with its design cues borrowed from the Renault army tank. Seven decades later, Gordon Gekko advertised his Master of the Universe standing by wearing an 18-karat gold Santos de Cartier Galbée in “Wall Street.”

Even so, Cartier was not necessarily the first brand opted for by young men wearing untucked oxford shirts carrying Filson bags, particularly since many of its classic models, including the Tank and the Santos – even those in men’s sizes – have become must-haves for female Wall Streeters and fashion editors.

“Despite being undeniably sophisticated, they lack the cool factor found in Speedmasters, Submariners and Carreras,” said Mr. Weiss, referring to classic macho sports watches by Omega, Rolex and Tag Heuer, respectively.

Replica Cartier Santos-Dumont watch
Replica Cartier Santos-Dumont watch

But that no longer seems to be the case. The brand made a new commitment to haute horlogerie starting in 2008 with the introduction of the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon housing Cartier’s first in-house movement, also its first caliber to bear the prestigious Geneva Seal denoting high craftsmanship.

Cartier has continued to push the envelope with ultra-high-end watches for collectors such as the Rotonde De Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, priced at $450,000, which was released at S.I.H.H. in January.

Not all of Cartier’s six-figure museum pieces hit their mark, said Ariel Adams, the editor of aBlogtoWatch, but their evident ambition led to a “halo effect,” leaving a “positive impression on watch lovers who see Cartier’s $8,000 watches in a new light.”

Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat replica watch
Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat replica watch

To some young watch aficionados, however, Cartier should not require a formal introduction to the next generation.

“It’s easy to forget that Cartier was arguably the most important design house of the 20th century,” said Stephen Pulvirent, Hodinkee’s managing editor. “When people talk about Cartier ‘getting into watches,’ they don’t know what they’re talking about. Sure, Cartier has to do some work to win over the segment of male collectors who typically flock to the likes of Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe, but there’s a pretty steady stream of awesome and popular Cartier watches going right back to the original Santos.”

“After all,” he added, “there is a lot more out there than just chunky black cartier diver watch replica.”

Uk Copy Cartier 2017 Collection Overview And The ‘perfect’ Drive

Between you and me, we were pretty happy with Replica Cartier‘s SIHH 2017 collection. And no, not just because the re-release of the Panthère gives us carte blanche to post this picture of Pierce Brosnan in his ’80s prime:

No, it’s because we’re all big fans of the Drive, and the powers that be in Cartier’s product development team saw fit to bless us with two very handsome new versions – one with a moon phase, and an extra-flat version that is, in our not-so-humble opinion, stripped-back perfection. Our only problem with it? The lack of a steel version. Let’s just say our fingers are crossed for next year.

cartier tank replica
cartier tank replica

Important Distinguishing Points Between Original and Fake Cartier Watches

The world is full of con artists. There is nothing on this planet earth that can’t be replicated. The entire retail market is sprawling with fake products. A product that has been revered for its technology, precision and class has higher chances of duplication. Take for instance the luxury watch industry. There are several timepieces in the world made with such skills that it is impossible to recognize if they are genuine, or imitation products. Many companies manufacturing high-end luxury replica watches are facing this problem. Since the profit margin in selling luxury watches is impressive, you must bear caution before dolling out thousands of dollars for buying them. Luckily, it is easy to make a distinction between original and fake Cartier watches.

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diamond cartier santos 100 xl chronograph 17ct natural fake watch

Follow these steps to spot a real and fake cartier watch:

1. Logo

Cartier is a revered manufacturer of fashionable and high-class watches across the continents. It has created an identity in the luxury watch industry that is difficult to own. It has a unique individuality that is recognized by its logo. It has a trademark taken from the initial letter of its name. You will see two ‘C’s intersecting each other in opposite direction. Next to the trademark is the company name. Many fake cartier santos 100 xl rose gold with rubber strap watches spell the name wrongly by omitting the letter ‘r’ after ‘a’. If you examine closely, you will read “Catier,” instead of “Cartier.” The original watches will display the logo on the back of the dial, and wristband with its name on the front aligned to ‘X’ and ‘II.’

2. The Glaze of the Watchband

The watchband of the original Cartier watches will have a distinct shine that is absent in the fake watches. No matter, whether the watchband is made up of leather or metal, you can actually feel the gloss and polish by just rubbing your fingers over it.
If it is dull and rigid, you can easily say that the copy cartier women’s tank francaise black dial watch is a replica. The watchband of original watches have smooth movement and friction. You can bend and flex them without any effort.

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cartier santos steel ladies replica watch

3. Genuine Mechanisms

Cartier watches have complex mechanisms. Every single minute component of cartier santos 100 carbon and ballon bleu de cartier carbon watches are made and placed with such accuracy that it is impractical to simulate it. The engineers work with lots of concentration and precision while placing the body parts of the watches. If you open the case, you will see parts in harmony with each other. Cartier never uses movements of others. If you see the mechanism used by any other country, you can affirm the watch as fake.

4. Serial Number

Original Cartier watches are made of automatic stainless steel and are water resistant. This makes it easy for the company to engrave the serial numbers on all watches manufactured in its factory. The serial numbers are carved on the back in clear and readable fonts. Fake cartier tank ladies watch will not have any serial numbers. Even if they do, you can make out from the engraving quality. Real serial numbers can be cross-checked with the authorized dealers, and fake cannot.

Cartier watches use genuine materials and have more weight than fake watches. It is always better that you purchase the watch from an authorized dealer.