The Cartier Baignoire Allongée.

Since 1904, Cartier has been creating amazing wristwatches. The company has managed to carve out a niche for itself in the areas of daring and innovation which is evidenced by its wonderful interpretation od shapes and sizes. For more than ten decades, the brand has launched varied and unusually shaped watches that have captivated its audience. Think of the Tank, and the Crash, and the Baignoire. Now the firm takes one of the signature looks and adds more depth and creativity to create the new Baignoire Allongee. This particular collection of oval timepieces first was released more than 60 years ago during 1958.

The roots of the watch line actually goes back even farther, to 1912 when Louis Cartier created the company’s first ever oval shaped watch. 1912 represented a time when the company was experimenting with shapes and sizes in an effort to be different and unique. Style was so important to watch lovers of the early 20th century. It was then, nearly half a century later during the 1950’s, that Cartier’s expert watchmakers would look to the archives to design the then new oval watch line. Baignoire is a French word which translates into the word bathtub.

Then a few years later, the timepiece was made even longer, which resulted in the name Baignoire Allongee. The piece was both chic and hugged the wrist with great elegance. Since then the company has updated the collection from time to time, and has created a strong cult following among watch lovers that crave unique.shapes. This year 2019 Cartier has taken the step to redesign the watch using Roman numerals, a new sanblasted silver dial, and by creating striking design elements with the case. So its not a smooth oval this time, it is a three tiered case having a bold and modern geometry. The end result looks carved and sculpted like the wheel teeth of old, and is very visually captivating.

This new watch is sensual and daring, and has the following options. 18k white gold, 18k rose gold, 18k yellow gold, and a version done with a set of diamonds. The watch is powered by the hand wound 1917 MC movement, and the crystal is done in the finest sapphire. The strap is of black alligator, and the buckle is made of yellow gold. The price for the rose gold version is about $43,000, and more information on price should be obtained from cartier.com. Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day.

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