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Cartier Ellipse Gondole Two-Tone Gold Case - Paris Dial

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  • Ref 7920
  • Watch Only, Cartier Buckle

Year: Circa 1980s
Model: Large Ellipse Gondole
Case Diameter: 32.5mm 
Lug to Lug: 28.5mm
Case: Yellow & White Gold
Condition: No significant wear as seen
Dial: White
Movement: Manual

Condition
The stepped case is in white and yellow gold. The watch has its original cabochon crown and Paris dial. The dial is in very nice condition with very little lacquer wear. The watch comes with a gold-plated Cartier buckle.

In the early 1970s, Cartier introduced the Ellipse, a horological marvel within the "Louis Cartier Collection" featuring twelve distinctive "shaped" watches including the Cristallor, Gondole, and Vendome. The Ellipse, a timeless symbol of aesthetic grace, is based on Euclid's discovery of the Golden Section, a mathematical principle defining the ratio of 1 to 1.6181. The Cartier Golden Ellipse features a double-stepped bezel and is powered by a manual wind caliber. Cartier's unparalleled artistry is known for its unique designs that defy the conventions of their time.

Cartier, a luxury watch brand, has been synonymous with elegance, innovation, and timeless appeal since its inception in 1847. The brand's early creations, including the Cartier Santos and Cartier Tank, were an embodiment of aesthetic innovation and mechanical mastery, merging the finesse of jewelry with the functionality of timekeeping. As the brand grew, so did the family's involvement, as the children and grandchildren of Louis-François Cartier expanded the business and opened boutiques in various cosmopolitan cities.

The turn of the 20th century marked a revolutionary phase for Cartier, with the introduction of the Cartier Santos, which was designed for the famous aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont and became one of the first wristwatches designed explicitly for men. The Cartier Tank watch, inspired by the geometric design of military tanks, was a symbol of modernity and minimalistic elegance. The uniquely shaped Cartier Tonneau broke away from conventional circular designs, demonstrating Cartier's commitment to artistic creativity and mechanical excellence.

Cartier's success in the early 20th century was not limited to its pioneering designs; it also saw an era of global expansion that cemented its status as an international symbol of luxury and prestige. By 1902, Cartier opened its doors in London, positioning the brand within one of the world's major cultural and financial hubs. In 1909, Cartier opened its New York boutique, tapping into the vibrant American market.

Through strategic collaborations with local artisans, careful selection of materials, and a deep understanding of regional tastes, Cartier transformed from a Parisian marvel into an international sensation. The Cartier watch became more than a French luxury; it became a global emblem of style and refinement, transcending geographical boundaries to become a timeless classic. This era of expansion validated Cartier's enduring appeal, demonstrating that true luxury, as epitomized by Cartier's watches, knows no borders and speaks a universal language of elegance and excellence.

 

Cartier Ellipse Gondole Two-Tone Gold Case - Paris Dial

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  • Ref 7920
  • Watch Only, Cartier Buckle

Year: Circa 1980s
Model: Large Ellipse Gondole
Case Diameter: 32.5mm 
Lug to Lug: 28.5mm
Case: Yellow & White Gold
Condition: No significant wear as seen
Dial: White
Movement: Manual

Condition
The stepped case is in white and yellow gold. The watch has its original cabochon crown and Paris dial. The dial is in very nice condition with very little lacquer wear. The watch comes with a gold-plated Cartier buckle.

In the early 1970s, Cartier introduced the Ellipse, a horological marvel within the "Louis Cartier Collection" featuring twelve distinctive "shaped" watches including the Cristallor, Gondole, and Vendome. The Ellipse, a timeless symbol of aesthetic grace, is based on Euclid's discovery of the Golden Section, a mathematical principle defining the ratio of 1 to 1.6181. The Cartier Golden Ellipse features a double-stepped bezel and is powered by a manual wind caliber. Cartier's unparalleled artistry is known for its unique designs that defy the conventions of their time.

Cartier, a luxury watch brand, has been synonymous with elegance, innovation, and timeless appeal since its inception in 1847. The brand's early creations, including the Cartier Santos and Cartier Tank, were an embodiment of aesthetic innovation and mechanical mastery, merging the finesse of jewelry with the functionality of timekeeping. As the brand grew, so did the family's involvement, as the children and grandchildren of Louis-François Cartier expanded the business and opened boutiques in various cosmopolitan cities.

The turn of the 20th century marked a revolutionary phase for Cartier, with the introduction of the Cartier Santos, which was designed for the famous aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont and became one of the first wristwatches designed explicitly for men. The Cartier Tank watch, inspired by the geometric design of military tanks, was a symbol of modernity and minimalistic elegance. The uniquely shaped Cartier Tonneau broke away from conventional circular designs, demonstrating Cartier's commitment to artistic creativity and mechanical excellence.

Cartier's success in the early 20th century was not limited to its pioneering designs; it also saw an era of global expansion that cemented its status as an international symbol of luxury and prestige. By 1902, Cartier opened its doors in London, positioning the brand within one of the world's major cultural and financial hubs. In 1909, Cartier opened its New York boutique, tapping into the vibrant American market.

Through strategic collaborations with local artisans, careful selection of materials, and a deep understanding of regional tastes, Cartier transformed from a Parisian marvel into an international sensation. The Cartier watch became more than a French luxury; it became a global emblem of style and refinement, transcending geographical boundaries to become a timeless classic. This era of expansion validated Cartier's enduring appeal, demonstrating that true luxury, as epitomized by Cartier's watches, knows no borders and speaks a universal language of elegance and excellence.