For the loving couples seeking the ultimate watches for him and for her this Christmas, look no further than Cartier.
The French luxury brand with Swiss inner mechanics has perfected the production of watches small and large, making them the ideal choice when shopping for complementary timepieces for each other. Below are two of our favourite pairs, so chosen for their classic designs, unique features, and timeless appeal.
Cartier Tank Solo Watch
A Cartier classic, the Tank collection celebrates 100 years of uninterrupted style in 2017. The iconic watch has seen many variations over the years, from the Louis Cartier Tank and the Tank Anglaise to the Tank Américaine and the Tank Française. The Tank Solo, however, stands out as a quintessentially timeless instrument thanks to its modern design and its functional yet refined aesthetic. With two models that are perfect for him and for her, the Cartier Tank Solo makes for an excellent choice for a couple’s gift this holiday season.
The Cartier Tank Solo Watch XL (ref. WSTA0029) comes in a stainless steel rectangular case measuring 31 mm wide and 40.85 mm tall. Distinctive brancards flank either side of the case, holding the watch’s strap snugly in place and ensuring a close yet comfortable fit on the wrist. Adding that touch of class to the functional watchcase is a beaded crown at 3 o’clock set with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel in blue — an unmistakable Cartier signature. A silvered opaline dial harmonises with the steel case material, and large, black Roman numerals stand out in contrast to the monochromatic look. A date aperture replaces the 6 o’clock mark, while blued-steel sword-shaped hands can be found at the centre of the dial. A simple rectangular minute track in black separates the hour indicators from the central sector to round off the dial’s practical aesthetic. Powered by a mechanical movement with automatic winding, the Tank Solo XL offers hour, minute, seconds, and date functionality, plus a 42-hour power reserve. Additionally — protected by a solid steel caseback — the watch is water-resistant to 30 metres (or 3 bar). Fitted with a black, grained, calfskin leather interchangeable strap, this is a discerning watch for the urbane man. Priced at $4,800, it offers an excellent yet accessible introduction to the world of Cartier.
The Cartier Tank Solo Watch Small (ref. WSTA0030) is similar in design to its larger counterpart, yet its more petite size sets it apart. Coming in at just 24.4 mm wide and 31 mm tall, this version of the Tank Solo watch is ideal for smaller wrists. Also encased in steel, this watch similarly features a beaded crown that emanates Cartier thanks to its blue synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel capping. As a time only watch, the silvered opaline dial is even more simple in its design. It boasts large, black Roman numerals and blued-steel sword-shaped hour and minute hands separated by an inner rectangular minute track. Powered by a precision quartz movement, this timepiece also features a solid steel caseback giving it a 30-meter water resistance. Paired with a black, grained, calfskin leather interchangeable strap the Cartier Tank Solo Watch Small is a classic piece for the woman who values understated style. Retailing for $3,350, it offers excellent value for a luxury watch, especially considering the unparalleled brand name it carries.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier
For those who prefer the time-honoured style of a round watch case and all-metal bracelet, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection is an excellent choice. Characterised by the iconic blue cabochon-capped crown in a protected indentation at its side, this watch shows off convex curves that grace the wrist with style and elegance. It’s almost as though the Ballon Bleu was designed for couples that enjoy a bit of whimsy without compromising on style or quality.
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier 42mm (ref. W69012Z4) is a striking watch on the wrist thanks to its all-steel look. Encased in a round design sized at 42 mm in diameter, this timepiece boasts a unique feature in an additional circular element at 3 o’clock. This is thanks to a round crown guard, which safely protects the fluted crown capped with Cartier’s blue synthetic spinel cabochon. Mirroring the glistening steel case is a silvered guilloché dial with a flinqué sunray effect against which stand black Roman numerals that circle the watch face’s periphery. Replacing the 3 o’clock mark is a subtle oval-shaped date window, continuing the round aesthetic of the Ballon Bleu collection. At the dial’s centre sits Cartier’s signature blued-steel sword-shaped hands and defining this inner ring is a discreet minute track in black. A mechanical movement with automatic winding powers this iteration of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier. It offers the wearer date, hour, minute, and seconds functionality, in addition to approximately 38 hours of power reserve. A steel bracelet gives the watch a strong, classic look. This Cartier is priced at $9,150.
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier 33mm (ref. W4BB0016) is the smaller partner to the ref. W69012Z4. Boasting a similar all-round design yet in a 33mm diameter size, this model is exceptionally eye-catching thanks to its bezel set with 50 brilliant-cut diamonds, totalling around 0.63 carats. Complementing this sparkling aesthetic is the distinctive blue cabochon-capped fluted crown, from which the model takes its name. Matching its larger counterpart, the silvered dial with flinqué sunray effect continues the scintillating aesthetic of this Ballon Bleu, while the black Roman numerals allow for ease of reading. Blued-steel sword-shaped hands and a restrained minute track complete the watch. Providing the power is a mechanical movement with automatic winding that offers a power reserve of up to 48 hours, plus hour, minute, and seconds functionality. Matched with a graceful, all-steel bracelet, this watch retails for $15,00.