One of the world’s most famous luxury houses, Cartier offers a wide range of high-end goods like jewelry, fragrance, leather goods, and of course, watches. Cartier has had a long history of making watches, and the brand is even credited with creating the first men’s purpose-built wristwatch back in the early 1900s when pocket watches were the norm for men.
Over the last century, Cartier has been responsible for plenty of iconic luxury watches, many of which have been part of the brand’s lineup for decades. Plus, thanks to their unisex watch designs and abundant size choices, Cartier has always catered to both men and women.
Cartier watches are known for their enduring and refined designs. Many of them have looked remarkably similar throughout the years, which makes Cartier a particularly great brand to browse in the pre-owned luxury watch market. In short, Cartier watches are classics and will never go out of style.
Rectangular watches with blue cabochon-set crowns and flat vertical frames that serve as lugs.
Square watches with visible screws on the bezel and bracelets.
Vintage-inspired watches with slim cushion-shaped cases and leather straps.
Pebble-shaped watches with blue cabochons floating inside the integrated crown caps.
Bold sporty watches equipped with in-house made movements.
Round watches with double chapter rings on the dial for a 24-hour layout.
Round watches with straight lugs, often equipped with intricate complications.
Ovoid-shaped watches with antique clocking winding key-like crowns.
Turtle shell-shaped watches exclusively made in precious metals.
Asymmetrical watches that resemble a melted case after a fiery automobile accident.
While the vast majority of brands focus on traditional round watches, Cartier is known for its mastery of shaped watches. Cartier’s non-round watches are as famous as the brand that makes them. This isn’t to say that Cartier does not offer round watches (it does); however, some of Cartier’s most celebrated timepieces have corners or unexpected curves.
Whether elongated or short, slim or wide, Tank watches all sport rectangular cases.
Santos and Panthère watches are defined by their square cases with rounded corners.
Drive watches are characterized by their vintage-inspired cushion cases.
Tonneau and Tortue watches both feature distinctive barrel-shaped cases.
Clé, Baignoire, and Maxi Oval watches offer various takes on oval-shaped cases.
Ballon Bleu, Pasha, Ronde, Rotonde, and Calibre watches have round cases but with unexpected details.
Regardless of the shape of the case, most of the brand’s watches adhere to a set of aesthetic codes that make them immediately recognizable as Cartier timepieces.
Black Roman numerals on the dial.
Blue sword-shaped hands on the dial.
A crown set with a blue cabochon-cut sapphire or spinel stone.
A sunray guilloché pattern engraved on the dial.
A secret Cartier signature hidden in one of the Roman numerals.
From durable stainless steel to precious gold to ultra-lavish diamonds, Cartier watches are available in a wide range of materials.