Cartier Santos Dumont 1575 ‘Platinum’

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French Maison Cartier had humble beginnings when it was established in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier in Paris, France. Louis-François had taken over the business from his master, the jeweler Adolphe Picard, who assisted in moving the premises to a more prime location which was to serve Cartier well in the coming years.

Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted the French Maison a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand ‘The jeweler of kings and the king of jewellers’. Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia).

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Louis Cartier, grandson of the founder, revolutionised timepieces when he introduced the Santos watch in 1904. © Ministère de la Culture – Médiathèque du Patrimoine, Dist. RMN / Atelier de Nadar

While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos Dumont a wrist watch to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch!

According to Maison Cartier, it is the portrait of a modern man and the product of experimentation by two visionaries and friends, Louis Cartier and Alberto Santos-Dumont.

Of course, we’re talking about the Cartier Santos. The first purpose-designed, modern wrist watch that was created after pioneer of aviation Alberto Santos-Dumont complained about his difficulty checking the time on his pocket watch while flying.

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This super slim piece was made by Cartier back in the year 1990 after the original model, carries reference 1575 and has this time a platinum case  with a size of 29 x 29 millimeter, with rivet design, sapphire-set crown, to a black alligator leather strap

This Santos’ dial design is exactly the one we are familiar with as we’re talking about Cartier, Roman numeral markers and blue hands. On the right side of the case we’ll we’ll find the exquisite blue sapphire crown that definitely completes this iconic Cartier masterpiece.

This manual timeless classic is available at Amsterdam Vintage Watches.

 

 

 

 

 

Cartier Ion Orchard reopens its doors with a special exhibition titled Cartier, Icon of Style

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By now you must have already caught sight of the gorgeous Cartier ferris wheel parked outside Ion Orchard shopping mall – or seen it plastered all over Instagram. This gigantic structure is just the first of many things happening at this Cartier boutique, which is set to reopen its doors officially on 24th November. And did you know that this three-story boutique is the largest Cartier store in all of Southeast Asia?

Spanning a total of 688 square metres, the store’s remodelling was done by the famed Parisian artist, designer, scenographer, painter and photographer Bruno Moinard, who made sure to marry the French Art de Vivre (art of living, the French way) with multiple references to Singaporean culture as a Garden City – embracing the beauty, richness and diversity of it all.

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Artist’s impression of Le Salon Cartier on the third level of Cartier ION Orchard

Inspired by the Singapore’s tropical climate, the external 20-metre-long glass façade is patterned with palm trees and raindrops to elicit a sense of privacy and exclusiveness. Another key feature is a custom-made sculpture of art – in the stairwell between the first and second floors. The Cartier panther – carved in bas-relief – nestles amongst the tropical environment on a plaster panel, referencing to Singapore’s very own flora and fauna.

On the third and highest floor, the Le Salon Cartier has been enriched with Peranakan artefacts exuding the splendour of this beautiful local Singaporean culture.

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Shirin ‘Nina Dyer’ Aga Khan Panther Bangle

But more exciting news awaits. Cartier Singapore has – as part of the reopening celebrations – specially curated an exhibition of selected historic and extraordinary pieces brought in from the Cartier archives in Paris. The exhibition titled ‘Cartier, Icon of Style’ has been specially curated – showcasing selected beautiful historic and extraordinary jewellery pieces.

More than a Cartier symbol. A timeless emblem first tamed by Louis Cartier and his muse, Jeanne Toussaint, the totemic panther carries on her reign.

Titled Cartier, Icon of Style, the exhibition highlights, among other things, the origins of the Maison’s love affair with the panther motif. The French Maison was the first jeweller to adopt the panther. The elegant feline was used for the firts time on a wristwatch in 1914 with a setting of onyx recreating the animal’s fur.

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Barbara Hutton’s Tiger Clip

When Jeanne Toussaint was appointed as creative director in 1933, the panter became even more as an emblematic motif for the Maison. Toussaint worked closely alongside founder Louis Cartier and was nicknamed ‘La Panthère’, presumably due to her freedom, strength of character and the love pather in her lifestyle. One of her most outstanding inputs lies in the search on volume and attidudes of the animal. For Jeanne Toussaint, the panther – now an iconic motif – is clearly the emblem of timeless femininity unfettered by convention.

Marked by wild and beautiful femininity, the fearless and audacious panther later seduced countless personalities; royalty, celebrities and femme fatales, who would continue the legend through new savoir-faire and unexplored attitudes in precious materials.

Both, Louis Cartier and Jeanne Toussaint, also had a mutual interest in, not to say a fascination with, other cultures. This has helped shape not just the aesthetic of one or other object, but the entire Cartier style. A visual language, wich has extended to every creation and whose ‘vocabulary’ has been constantly expanding.

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The Duchess of Windsor’s Panther Brooch

The ‘Cartier, Icon of Style’ exhibition highlights the orgins of the panther and its rich connections with some of the most well-known figures, such as the Duchess of Windsor, Shirin – Nina Dyer – Aga Khan and Barbara Hutton, just to name a few.

Open to the public, the exhibition will run from November 24 to December 6. Monday to Friday: 12pm to 9.00pm, Saturday to Sunday: 10.30am to 9.00pm. Keen individuals are encouraged to indicate registration interest on Cartier ‘Icon of Style’ as viewing slots are limited.

Come into the world of Cartier.

 

 

 

 

The story of S.T Dupont

 

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Photographer to Napoleon III and an innovator with a keen eye for beauty, the 25 year-old Simon Tissot-Dupont had a vision of creating exceptional personalised travel trunks for Parisian high society.

Born in Savoy, Simon Tissot-Dupont founded a carriage company which was destroyed in a fire in 1872. The same year, he bought a workshop wich made leather briefcases for diplomats and businessmen. Later in 1884, Dupont became the supplier to one of the world’s leading retailersof the time and one of world’s the largest shops – Les Grands Magasins du Louvre – while maintaining his private clientele. The personalised travel trunks with bespoke detaling and personalised initials soon became an essential accessory for the European elite. Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie were amongst his first customers. The Maison’s client book included royalty, world leaders, screen legends and style icons living up to Lucien’s Duponts moto: ‘Make it more beautiful. Make it expensive. Make it innovative’.

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Dupont handed over his company in 1919 to his sons, André and Lucien, who, trading under the name of Les Fils de S.T. Dupont (the Sons of S.T. Dupont), relaunched the activity. In 1921 the two Tissot-Dupont brothers bought their own Hôtel Particulier at 8bis, rue Dieu in Paris to cater for an ever growing demand for S.T. Dupont luxury high-quality trunks, travel cases, and accessories. Craftsmen were employed and patents were taken out to protect industrial secrets. 250 workers and 17 separate traders were involved in the manufacture, including goldsmiths, woodworkers, engravers, leather craftsmen, lacquer workers, and locksmiths.

A passion for producing the finest in luxury products. A design atelier where ideas and innovation are brought to life and where quality rings true.

S.T. Dupont transferred its workshops from rue Dieu in Paris back to the family’s hometown of Faverges in Savoy in 1924. Five years later, Lucien Tissot-Dupont was invited to New York by famous Parisian jeweller Louis Cartier to present his travel cases in their 5th Avenue shop and became an instant success, setting the standard for luxury travel accessories. On the ship going to New York, he learned about the Wall Street crash. In response, on his subsequent return to Paris, he decided to move even further upmarket and cater to clients unaffected by the crash.

When, in 1941, the Maharajah of Patiala ordered 100 exquisite minaudière evening bags in lacquer for his harem, each containing a solid gold cigarette lighter, our innovative artisans brought their artistic approach to designing the world’s first luxury lighter. Six years later, as France’s leading leather goods artisans, S.T. Dupont were commissioned to produce a personalised travel case for the wedding of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II and Hollywood actor Humphrey Bogart commissioned the artisans at S.T. Dupont to design a lightweight travel bag for air travel and for weekends on his yacht, the Santana. Continuing their tradition of supplying the world’s elite, in 1951, S.T. Dupont artisans were tasked with the role of creating a bespoke travel case specially designed for the Duchess of Windsor. In 1953 André Dupont created his first ladies’ handbag, the ‘Riviera’ as a limited edition, using exotic leathers to complete his range of special orders. The Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan and actress Audrey Hepburn became one of his first clients.

Make it more beautiful. Make it expensive. Make it innovative.
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The French Maison took a new direction in 1973 with the production of its first luxury pen, the Classique, made of sterling silver. When Jackie Kennedy Onassis mentioned she’d love a pen to match her beloved personalised lighter, S.T. Dupont’s artisans designed the first luxury ballpoint based on her lighter’s drive wheel. The company also experienced a renaissance of its classic luxury goods – leather goods, watches and cufflinks, wich it continues to produce today. The 135th anniversary of the Maison was celebrated in 2007. The company is known today for its expertise in luxury goods crafted of precious metals, leather and featuring Chinese lacquer detailing.

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Fragrances were an important addition to the luxury lines offered by this prestigious French Maison. The first S.T. Dupont Pour Homme and Pour Femme were introduced in 1998. S.T. Dupont fragrances are produced under license by Interparfums.

 

 

 

Cartier Santos Vendome Steel 18K White Gold and Titan

 

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One of the most famous watch designs: The Cartier Santos. A timeless model that everybody knows, and is copied vèry often.

In 1904, Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell time while flying. The birth of one of the first ever wristwatches sealed the bonds of friendship between these two pioneers. The rounded angles of the dial, the seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations.

Most people know the scquare model, but did you know that their was also an octagonal and round Vendôme version? Most versions where made in steel with yellow gold, some in steel with white gold, others in made of massif 18k gold.

This is one of my favorites! The Cartier Santos Vendôme Steel with 18k white gold and dark grey dail.

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