Cartier revolutionised watchmaking in not one, but many ways. Cartier is credited with designing the first 'practical wristwatch' and their claims to watchmaking greatness only begin there. Discover more classic and modern stories about Cartier and watchmaking at Time+Tide, including the latest news and reviews.

RECOMMENDED READING: Why Cartier clockmaking is a mystery

Louis Cartier has an important place in the history of the Cartier company, not only because he ran the first-ever Paris boutique but because he was responsible for one of the most enigmatic creations the brand released, the Cartier Mystery Clock. The origins of the Mystery Clock are found in 1912, when Louis Cartier began developing the playfully puzzling clocks with his watchmaker Maurice Coüet who, in turn, had studied the designs of the French magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (who inspired…

RECOMMENDED READING: Is this man the King of Cartier?

Harry Fane is one of the world's foremost experts in Cartier, not just watches but the entire gamut of objets d'art that have been produced by the brand for more than 150 years. He cites his specific interest in the brand as being the golden age of the luxury maison from a creative standpoint, regarded as falling between 1919 and 1939, when some of the most important designs from the brand were developed. One of the reasons for Mr Fane's…

The Cartier Santos-Dumont is a lesson in distilled elegance

Cartier is a brand that doesn't reinvent the wheel, but instead gradually evolves their designs over decades, refining and purifying their core look with each year that goes by. For their latest collection, released at SIHH 2019, the focus was the Cartier Santos-Dumont, a dress watch that is both classically sized and slim, offering one of the most refined pieces of Cartier design we have seen in recent years. The new Cartier Santos-Dumont is available in two sizes (38mm x…

Keeping tradition alive at the Cartier Métiers d'Art

Editor's note: Why is this unassuming looking farmhouse in the Swiss countryside so important to a brand as large as Cartier? Because it houses the workshop for Cartier's Maison des Métiers d'Art, sanctuary to a set of artistic skills and techniques that are hundreds of years old. It is in this farmhouse that some of the most skilled craftspeople in the world are tasked with painstakingly producing the high-jewellery part of Cartier's collection. Cartier's Maison des Métiers d'Art It is…

HANDS-ON: Cartier's Santos-Dumont is guaranteed to add class to your daily wear 

Now that we're more than halfway through, I think we can all admit that 2019 has been a bit of an odd one, as far as years go. If you had told past Felix that a slender steel quartz Cartier would be one of the best watches of the year, he would have scoffed.  But here we are, and here is the Cartier Santos-Dumont. It is, as you'll have surmised, a slender steel quartz watch and it's quite incredible. To…

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