Being one of the oldest jewelers in the world, Cartier enjoys a rich and vibrant history. The brand has adorned royalty and film stars alike. With Cartier’s dedication to precision craftsmanship and quality, it isn’t hard to see why. Nowhere is Cartier’s diversity more apparent than in their wristwatches. The Tank, Pasha Cartier and the Calibre are some of the most recognizable watch designs in the world, not to mention the litany of bejeweled options for women.
Louis-François Cartier founded Cartier in Paris in 1847 when he took over the workshop of his master. In 1874, Louis-François' son Alfred Cartier took over the company, but it was Alfred's sons Louis, Pierre and Jacques, who were responsible for establishing the brand name worldwide. The company remained family owned until 1972 when a group of investors purchased Cartier Paris and through the next 5 years purchased Cartier London and Cartier New York. Cartier is well known for its gorgeous jewelry and wristwatches. Historical pieces like the "Bestiary" (best illustrated by the Panthère brooch of the 1940s created for Wallis Simpson), the diamond necklace created for Bhupinder Singh the Maharaja of Patiala and the first practical wristwatch, the Santos, in 1904.
When Cartier died in 1942 his successors found themselves unable to continue without his signature artistic vision. Stagnancy started to permeate the company both artistically and financially. The future of the company was in peril, until 1972 when an investment group took over, installing Alain Perrin as CEO. Perrin was a breath of fresh air for the teetering company, reestablishing Cartier as an innovator and leader in fashion. Cartier watches are held to an unbelievably high standard. Handcrafted to reflect this standard, Cartier watches ar meticulously assembled and epitomize quality.
A Cartier watch is much like an automobile in that proper cleaning and maintenance will help to ensure a higher value down the road. Watches have a ton of moving parts, and if one of those parts is off by even a fraction of a degree, the entire mechanism will suffer. Make sure to take your Cartier in for a “tune-up” every four years or so to make sure all the bits and pieces inside the case of the watch are moving as they should. Regular cleanings can also have a dramatic effect on a watch’s value. A clean, polished bracelet and a well-functioning clasp can mean a world of difference when our team of evaluators is determining the final value of your Cartier watch. Make sure to hold on to your original box and paperwork as well. Not only does it add to the watch’s overall value, it helps our evaluator’s to establish the legitimacy of your Cartier.
With Pawngo, loaning against your Cartier is as easy as filling out our simple application. Our team of evaluators are all GIA graduate gemologists and have decades of experience in the field. Once you fill out your application, our evaluators will send you an initial offer based on your description. Once you accept that offer, you’ll receive a prepaid FedEx shipping label. After your Cartier is received at Pawngo’s secure facility, we will run a thorough evaluation and send you out your final offer. Once that offer is accepted, we fund your bank account directly! It’s as simple as that. All you need to do is click the button above to
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