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Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Replica Watches For Sale

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Here at us tend to focus on the simpler end of Cartier’s offerings, classic beauties like the Tank or the Drive Extra Flat. But there’s another side to the famous jewellery maison’s watch offerings that’s, well, exceptionally complex. The Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon is one such watch. If you didn’t glean that fact from the impressively wordy model name, take one look at this skeletonised, 45mm monster and you’ll immediately realise that we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill Tank.

No, this watch, or – more accurately – the Calibre 9407MC inside, is one of the most confident expressions of Cartier’s horological ability we’ve seen in some time, with 448 individual parts, finished to a level sufficient to earn it the Geneva Seal, and a particularly demanding package of complications. The most visible is the ‘mysterious’ double tourbillon, which sees the whirring 60-second tourbillon rotate around the transparent sapphire aperture every five minutes. On its own this mysterious display, something of a trademark for the brand, would be impressive enough, but Cartier is determined to impress your ears as well as your eyes, as they’ve also managed to fit a minute repeater into a movement that’s 39.3mm wide and 4.7mm thick (without the tourbillon). The resonance of the repeater complication is amplified, thanks to the titanium case, and Cartier has chosen a button at five to activate it, rather than the more traditional slide. There’s also three-and-a-half days of power reserve.

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All in a small box

For me though, the real feat of this watch is how Cartier replica watches have managed to cram so much into a comparatively small case, especially given the negative space occupied by the mysterious tourbillon. It’s also quite a modern look for the brand, with the titanium case, suede-like alligator strap and black rhodium-finished movement components. High horology, Cartier style.

Cartier Tank Americaine In Stainless Steel Case Crocodile Leather Strap Replica Watches

In case you somehow missed it, the Cartier Tank replica watches turn 100 this year. The iconic rectangular watch was designed and produced in 1917, with the first models hitting stores a little later in 1919. As you may know, the design of the watch was inspired by the horizontal section of the Renault tank during World War I. The story goes that in 1918 the prototype was offered to General John Joseph Pershing, commanding officer of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe at the time (though this prototype is yet to surface).

Throughout the decades, that original Tank has spawned many iterations, including (but not limited to) the Tank Cintrée, the Tank Anglaise, the Tank Francaise, the Tank Louis Cartier, and the Tank Allongeé. It has been made in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, and stainless steel. There are some with enamel, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, you name it. But one thing has remained the same throughout, and that’s the familiar rectangular case shape with the Roman numeral dial. For this year’s big anniversary, Cartier has released a series of watches to celebrate including a re-vamp of the Cartier Tank Americaine, this time in stainless steel.

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The Tank Americaine was first introduced in 1989 and quickly became a classic. It was inspired by the Cartier Tank Cintrée replica watches (originally designed in 1921) and its elongated curved rectangular case. It’s a slightly sportier take on that extremely slim, curved watch, with a bolder look. Up until now, the Tank Americaine has only been produced in precious metals, but now we’re finally getting the Americaine in steel, and in three sizes no less.

The three watches are pretty similar, mostly distinguished by their case sizes. The small measures 34.8mm x 19mm, the medium 41.6mm x 22.6mm, and the large 45.1mm x 26.6mm. All three feature a silvered dial with brushed center and elongated Roman numerals that wrap around the edge of the dial. The crown has the characteristic sapphire cabochon, which has become something of a calling card for Cartier’s watches.

The small model contains a quartz movement copy Cartier watches, while both the medium and large versions of the watch are powered by an automatic movement. You’ll notice that the small model only has hour and minute hands, while the other two have center seconds as well (clearly Cartier didn’t want a ticking seconds hand on the small model). There is no information yet as to exactly what movement is inside these watches, but it is not an in-house Cartier caliber.

Replica Panthère de Cartier Watches Will Be Sold Online

New Panthère de Cartier watches

Cartier sets new ground with online retailing. The recently announced (SIHH 2017) Panthère de Cartier replica watches will currently be available exclusively at the online luxury retailer: Net-a-Porter, a full month ahead of its arrival in stores. While this is not the first time a luxury watch brand has chosen to retail their watches with Net-A-Porter, this is the first for Cartier, and the first for any brand where the entire collection of 12 watches will be exclusively available online. The collection is featured for sale on special pop-up store from May 2 to 31. The Panthère de Cartier will only be available on brick and mortar Cartier stores from June.

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Super luxury

Until very recently, the thought of buying luxury watches online was perhaps laughable. Would one risk buying and having these high priced items delivered across the world? What about the need to have a consistent pricing methodology which is totally transparent from country to country? What about the much touted buying experience? The visit to the beautiful store. The customary celebratory champagne on purchase? Are these still essential to the luxury clientele? Will brick and mortar boutiques, built with multi-million dollar budgets and occupying high rental shop space be obsolete? Is this the taste of new things to come for online retailing? We don’t have the answers, but will watch intently. And hope it will also translate to the shift of advertising spend to online portals like Deployant.

History

The new Panthère de Cartier collection was first launched in 1983, the updated design is targeted specifically at women. From cool steel to warm yellow gold. The watches are available in a variety of finishes and two different sizes, with the option a diamond bezel on some models. Needless to say, all 12 models look utterly desirable, especially when seen on the campaign imagery featuring the gorgeous, fresh faced New Zealand model, Georgia Fowler. The images show the watches beautifully, teamed with jeans and a white shirt or a slinky black evening gown.

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This is the first time Cartier fake watches have ever partnered with an online retailer. Although this is not the first time a high end watch brand has chosen to retail online. We saw IWC with their campaign, also with Net-a-Porter. And stablemate Piaget are also selling their jewellery and a couple high jewellery watches on the same retailer. Cartier, IWC and Piaget’s parent Richemont owns a 50% stake in the Yoox Net-a-Porter, which owns Net-a-Porter. Indeed, Cartier has chosen well. If any one retailer has really nailed the concept of online luxury, it’s Net-a-Porter, who sells lots of diamonds, jewellery and haute couture many times daily.

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Blue Case Replica Diving Watches For Sale

Continuing the watch design trend of “more blue is better,” Cartier showed a blued version of their Calibre De Cartier Diver at SIHH earlier this year. As with many of its peers, this simple color swap manages to impart this rather dressy Cartier diver with an appeal distinct from that of the original black-dialed version. From steel to solid gold, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue wears the color well, adding a playful touch of personality to a brand often characterized by their stoic aesthetic.

Save for the coloring, the blue variant of the Calibre de Cartier diver is identical to the original black version of the Calibre de Cartier Diver that Ariel. With a 42mm case in steel or 18k pink gold, the new blue dial is matched by an equally blue, lumed ceramic bezel insert. At 11mm thick, the Calibre de Cartier Diver is a consummate dress diver, offering a more sporty interpretation of the Calibre de Cartier platform. Dress divers are a strange evolution, a subspecies of the sport watch grown to bridge the gap between the traditional role of a dive watch as a tool and its more modern context as an object of luxury with adventurous intentions (especially within the confines of Cartier and its peers).

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While few Cartier dive watches actually see use as tools for scuba diving, many watch buyers desire a watch with the ancillary qualities of a dive watch (robust construction, good legibility, water resistance, and a casual masculine appeal). So, within the large market for casual dive watches there is a demand for higher-end products that retain some semblance of their toolish roots. A very similar thing has happened to SUVs over the past twenty years. What was once a tool then became popular for its strong versatility and was eventually co-opted by the luxury market. Think of the difference between an old Wrangler and a new Grand Cherokee, or a Merc 280G vs a modern G65.

As such, the Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue, while undeniably a luxury product, is water resistant to 300 meters, has a legit dive bezel, strong legibility, and a capable in-house automatic movement. Inside its nicely detailed case, we find Cartier’s 1904 MC movement, sporting double barrels that provide more consistent torque over the 48 hours of power reserve. With 27 jewels and a 4Hz rate, the 1904 MC is not especially fancy, but it is a capable movement that finds a fitting home in the Calibre de Cartier family.

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Focusing on the blue, I think it’s a strong addition to the lineup. While the black version is certainly a classic look, I think the blue really suits the nautical feel of the Calibre de Cartier Diver’s aesthetic replica watches. The blue is arguably an even stronger suit for the solid gold version. While the two tone has a certain appeal, the full 18k pink gold version really rips the knob off. While I don’t have the wrist to pull off a gold dive watch, I think I get the appeal and there is something wondrously nouveau-riche about the solid gold Calibre de Cartier Diver Blue on a blue rubber strap.

Steel dive watches are tools for the masses, while a gold diver (especially from a brand like Cartier) paints visions of the sun-soaked Amalfi coast, an ever darkening tan, and a teak decked vessel to carry you far away from steel concerns. If this is your life, then this may be your watch.

Cartier Clé De Cartier Mysterious Hour Leather Strap Hollow Out Replica Watches For Sale

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A few weeks ago, at Watches & Wonders 2015 in Hong Kong, we went hands-on with the Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch – Cartier’s way of bringing the Clé to its next, probably ultimate level, both in terms of design, as well as sheer mechanical complexity.

It happens with cars all the time. A nice new mid-range model comes out (think of the ever-latest Audi A4, BMW 3-series, etc.) – and it looks great! But then, the “RS” beefed up sports version debuts, and everything looks sharper, better defined, and somehow more cohesive in its design… and you think, “could this be how they originally intended it?” The original Clé I found to be beautiful (in a clever, intelligent, not necessarily immediately-obvious way) when Cartier released it earlier this year as an all-new, relatively affordable line of watches in January at SIHH 2015. I was happy about the moderate size, the interesting and various ways that the case is curved – it just looked and wore right.

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The Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour limited edition replica watches take everything the Clé is, and turns it up to 11. While it may not have been blindingly obvious at first, what made the Clé really stand out was its balanced, beautifully proportioned look – and the Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour further evolves on that by playing with the rule of thirds and other basic (but difficult-to-master) rules of design and geometrics. Long, sloping curves are met with two perfect circles – the larger and the smaller dials – and before it appears to all be melting off your wrist, Cartier’s trademark bold Roman numerals and the rectangular cabochon in the crown add some strength to the overall appearance.

As we always do, we tried to capture the essence of the design with our photography – there really was not an angle from which the Cartier Clé appeared to lack cleverly chosen proportions and that overall, positively overwhelming aesthetic.

Hands On

As its name implies, the Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour fake watches features Cartier’s “mysterious hours” indication which may have been around for a long time, but somehow, here, just utterly fails to show its age. The funny thing is that when compared to the – rather numerous – other pieces from the brand which comprised this funky time indication, this may be the first piece where it feels and looks as though it was an integral component of the design, and not a gimmick that stands above every other part.

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If this is the first time you are seeing this complication – let us keep it simple and call it as such – you may be wondering how the Cartier mysterious hours works. The solution, once you are told, seems blatantly straight-forward: the watch has its hands fitted to two separate, transparent sapphire discs which have teethed edges; the movement drives these discs as it would normally move the hands – and voilà, a floating effect is achieved.

Cartier Crash Series Amazing Design Limited Edition Replica Watches For Sale

The origin of Cartier’s most bizarre watch ever dates back to 1967. There are a couple of frightening, unconfirmed stories about the way the watch came to life, both of which took place in London. One is about a lady who brought her Baignoire watch in for repair, since it had been involved in a traffic accident where it got badly damaged. Another story is about a Cartier London manager, who was involved in a car accident that resulted in a fire. His watch – a large, curved Maxi Oval – melted from the heat exposure. The melted timepiece inspired Jean-Jacques Cartier, then head of Cartier London, to create a watch that was inevitably christened  the “Crash”.

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Which of these stories, if either, is the correct one, we don’t know, but the latter sounds the more plausible, since the Maxi Oval, with its sharp case top – similar to the Crash – could easily be melted to the distorted shape of the Cartier replica Crash watches. It is sometimes believed that the design of the watch was inspired by a painting of Salvador Dalí’s, but there is absolutely no evidence of that at all. On the contrary, it was Piaget that started work on a project with Salvador Dalí in 1967 that lasted almost till 1970.

Cartier London launched the timepiece as a men’s watch, in yellow-gold and white-gold (just three in white-gold, though) cases that measured 43mm by 23mm, and produced the watch in very limited numbers. Before Cartier Paris took over the production of the Crash (after the manufacturing of watches became centralised), two designers of Cartier London left the company and started their own brand, Churchill Watches.

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The company was not that successful and did not survive long either. But their first release was interesting – Churchill Crash  Cartier fake watches. Released in a 52mm-long white- or yellow-gold case and powered by an ETA calibre, the watch was sold in the UK and USA. While the watch is often the subject of discussion, it was never sought after by collectors, nor did it ever fetch a decent price at auctions. It is still the Cartier London Crash watch that sets auctions  on fire, when, once in several years, a piece – preferably in white-gold with the magical word “London” on the dial – emerges and  is auctioned off.

Panthere de Cartier Limited Edition Gold Case Replica Watches For Sale

A-listers from all walks of the entertainment industry flocked to Los Angeles to join Cartier in the relaunch of its coveted Panthere de Cartier replica watches collection.

Last Friday, Milk Studios, a spacious photography venue in the heart of Hollywood, turned into the outsized insides of a jewelry box that coddled Cartier’s star-studded fete. The glamorous event was hosted by Sofia Coppola, Cartier International CEO Cyrille Vigneron and Cartier North America President and CEO Mercedes Abramo.

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Shunning Cinco de Mayo for the opulence of the unveil party were celebrities in the ranks of Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Miranda Kerr, Lily Collins, Kristen Dunst, Dita von Teese, to name but a few. The high-profiled guests sipped champagne as a welcome and later enjoyed a raw bar and the culinary creations of The French Laundry chef Thomas Keller. Acclaimed performers Alicia Keys, Lion Babe and DJ Mark Ronson kept the spirits soaring with special gigs.

At the center of the attention, though, roared the Panthere de Cartier limited edition watches, which the almost two-century old maison has chosen to revive this year. Fierce and stealthy, the panther has been a beloved Cartier symbol since the remote 1914. That year saw the release of the first “panther” piece – a bracelet watch with onyx and diamonds. It was not until 1983, however, that the Panthere de Cartier collection premiered. The panther line grew until the early 2000s, when the brand discontinued it.

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Waking back to life, the Panthere de Cartier comes in two sizes – 22mm and 27mm – and nine iterations – from affordable plain steel models to pieces of white gold, diamonds and enamel. Linked to brick-lay bracelets with concealed folding clasps, all watches are fueled by a quartz movement. The timepieces bring back the elegance, power and confidence that have come to define the Cartier women’s fake watches for years.

VIDEO: Luxury Replica Cartier 2017 collection overview and the ‘perfect’ Drive

Between you and me, we were pretty happy with Cartier’s SIHH 2017 collection. And no, not just because the re-release of the Panthère gives us carte blanche to post this picture of Pierce Brosnan in his ’80s prime:

No, it’s because we’re all big fans of the Drive, and the powers that be in best replica Cartier’s product development team saw fit to bless us with two very handsome new versions – one with a moon phase, and an extra-flat version that is, in our not-so-humble opinion, stripped-back perfection. Our only problem with it? The lack of a steel version. Let’s just say our fingers are crossed for next year.

Haute Time’s Four Favorite Big Date Watches

Watches that feature a larger and more prominent date than usual have been increasingly popular. Not only do they have the added benefit that it is easier to read the date, but they are also technically more advanced. A larger date window requires a larger date disc, which requires more energy to move. But it is not only moving the date disc, it is also stopping it at just the right position so that the date is perfectly lined up. To accomplish this a lot of expertise and craftsmanship is required. Here are some of Haute Time’s favorite watches featuring a big date

Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen”

Lange & Söhne is almost synonymous for the big date function, mainly thanks to the benchmark status that the Lange 1 has conquered over the years. A classic in its own right, Lange & Söhne recently showed us that they could also give this watch a slight sportive edge by applying a luminescent compound to the moon phase and the date function. The result is especially during the darker hours of the day breathtaking. Thanks to the dial made of semi-transparent sapphire crystal glass does this watch also in broad daylight show a side of the Lange 1 we don’t see that often!

Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chronograph

A chronograph and a perpetual calendar in one watch is already a very tempting proposition, but cheap fake Chopard watches also tops this off with a big date function. Chopard knows to unite all these complications in a very harmonious, and even symmetrical, dial design. Powered by one of their manufacture L.U.C. movements this watch leaves very little left to desire.

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date

The Portofino collection is among the most elegant offerings of replica IWC. With the Hand-Wound Big Date, the brand offers the vintage charm of a hand wound movement combined with a classical sub seconds at six o’clock. A generous 8-day power reserve ensures that you don’t have to wind the watch daily, while the big date dominates the top part of the dial, as the most prominent attraction on the dial.

Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date

Flying tourbillon or the large date? It is hard to determine which commands the most attention on the best replica Blancpain L-evolution. The flying tourbillon identifies the watch as something truly unique and precious, while the big date shows its inner workings highlighted by perfectly crafted engine turned details of the movement. It is a watch that finds synergy, in contrast, resulting in a bold statement, and the same goes for the big date function in general: practical, technically challenging and always a prominent eye-catcher!

Replica Cartier’s Glamour Girls

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the legendary House of Cartier is the matchmaker that just keeps on giving.

One of the long-held rubrics of jewellery, and indeed watches, is that it needs to be worn. Only when freed from the safe and on the body do these works truly come to life, infused with the spirit of both wearer and maker. Such an inspired awakening is something the House of cheap replica Cartier knows intimately well: its creations have been worn by some of the most rakish, era-defining women of their day: take for example Wallis Simpson who, after King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to wed her, became Time Magazine’s first female “Man” of the Year in 1936. Such über-modern muses – feminine, fiercely independent but also mysterious – have inspired Cartier’s boldest pieces, both past and into the present.

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From the beginning, Cartier has been there to supply the glamour girls of their time. Among its earliest patrons was Napoleon I’s niece Princess Mathilde – hostess extraordinaire and dubbed “Notre Dame des Arts” – who followed her first order in 1856 with some 200 more. By the turn of the century, fake Cartier had a royal roster the envy of any court purveyor. The sovereigns of Spain and Portugal granted it warrants in 1904, followed by Russia, Siam and Greece; the list goes on as do the names: Elisabeth of Belgium, Queen Elizabeth II, even the American Vanderbilts commissioned many hair ornaments. Unsurprisingly, tiaras were Cartier’s crowning forte then – a symbol of power and marriage that it still pays homage to today: In 2014, it created a fantastic watch-brooch-tiara for its Les Heures Fabuleuses line of secret watches.

But it was the glamorous inter-war years when Cartier – together with key women – would really come into its own. Sweeping social change saw the rise of a new aristocracy that was centred around a coterie of socialites, celebrities and film stars. Taste and elegance alone didn’t grant one entry into their club; one needed bold self-expression and non-conformism, too. As before, those inhabiting this influential “café society” set were enthusiastic Cartier patrons, but unlike in the past, the maison – with its eye for style and innovation was now an active participant.

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One can just picture the alluring Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s head of fine jewellery from 1933 and who years before had already been nicknamed “La Panthère”, dining out alongside her aspirational, demanding clientele – women such as Woolworth heiress and so-called “poor little rich girl” Barbara Hutton or the powerful fashion editor Diana Vreeland – as they sparred over fashion and art, ultimately bringing Toussaint’s visions to life.

True colours

Another insider was Daisy Fellowes, society beauty and Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief who, in 1936, commissioned one of the most remarkable gems in Cartier’s history. The Hindu necklace echoed both Fellowes and Cartier’s spirit of adventure, with a starburst of colour from 13 briolette-cut sapphires, emeralds, engraved cabochon rubies and sapphire and emerald beads. Later baptised Tutti Frutti, its form was the kaleidoscopic apogee of a motif the maison had also experimented with in watches – such as a 1930 platinum wristwatch with its bezel and lugs set in baguette-cut diamonds and paired with a multi-coloured gem-encrusted bracelet.

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And the Tutti Frutti theme continues to grace its high jewellery timepiece collections today, such as the magnificent one-off Agrafe visible hour, with a manual-winding calibre 101 and barely there dial tucked below a splendid engraved 41.2ct emerald; or the ultra-chic Toi & Moi visible hour, manual-winding bracelet watch, its elegant dial paired head-on with a sumptuous hexagonal-shaped, engraved 22.87ct ruby.

Fellowes was frequently found at the lavish parties held at Villa Trianon, the Versailles home of American interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, which she had decked out in leopard velvets and zebra skins. A passionate copy Cartier patron who aged 70 the Parisian couturiers named the world’s best-dressed woman, the eccentric de Wolfe famously pinned Cartier’s baguette-cut diamond Temple d’Amour brooches to her hat. The look inspired a line of slender baguette watches, which hold pride of place in Cartier’s archives, such as a braided leather strap number with platinum loops that was given by Count Marzotto to the pioneering Italian aviator Italo Balbo.

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Also cavorting at de Wolfe’s soirees was the fabulously rich Barbara Hutton, who alongside a penchant for draping herself in Cartier gems – the standout ones of which featured historic stones including the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s emeralds – was also a fan of its Tank watch. She regularly spoiled not only herself with the legendary rectangular-shaped watch, but loved ones too – no doubt some if not all of whom were her seven husbands, Cary Grant among them.

Animal magic

The sleek Tank debuted in 1917, with hints of the chic industrial design that Cartier was also simultaneously exploring. Boldly geometric, they caught the eye of the androgynous and sexually liberated Marlene Dietrich; the smoky voiced actress and singer was fond of wearing a striking red-gold watch with a concealed, sliding square-dialled lid that also doubled as a clip.

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As the Second World War came to a close, it was figurative animals that roared into the zeitgeist. If the panther was already synonymous with the brand – as early as 1919 Cartier had introduced a cocktail watch featuring the feline’s piebald motif – it was Wallis Simpson who came to be officially linked with the untamed cat. In 1948 and 1949, Toussaint penned several brooches for the Duchess of Windsor, the most bodacious of which featured a sapphire-spotted feline resting on a 152.35ct Kashmir sapphire cabochon. Nearly seven decades on and the symbol is still interpreted year on year; 2016’s most notable piece was the narrative-like Panthères et Colibri, featuring an on-demand power reserve and specially produced calibre 9915MC that powers a cub dashing from her mother’s embrace to chase a hummingbird on the dial.

But it is flamboyant Mexican actress María Félix who can lay claim for the wildest of orders. Legend has it that she entered Cartier’s Rue de la Paix boutique with two pet baby crocodiles that she asked to be replicated for a gem – the result of which was the fully articulated, entwined double crocodile necklace set with more than 2,000 yellow diamonds and emeralds. Excess was a lifestyle for “La Doña”, as she was known following her third film Doña Bárbara, and Cartier paid homage to her audacity with the trapezoid-shaped La Dona de Cartier.

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Also to her name is a fabulous 1968 snake necklace with nearly 2,500 diamonds, complete with a green, red and black enamel underbelly. And the snake is another theme that always throws up surprises. Cartier’s Hypnose watch collection, for example, is a poetic take on the spiralling vortex of time, while this year’s vibrant Serpent d’eau Mystérieux high-jewellery watch was more straightforward but no less seductive: the snake, fashioned from faceted aquamarines and chrysoprases, slithered round a transparent, mystery dial.

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Couples and their love story are also entwined in Cartier’s own tale, and who can beat Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? Two marriages and nine films, they even had their own gem: the 69.42ct Cartier-Burton-Taylor solitaire diamond that came with a five-bodyguard entourage when Taylor wore it in 1969 to Princess Grace’s 40th birthday bash in Monte Carlo. The creation was just one of many eye-watering gifts exchanged between the tempestuous couple, which also included several Tank watches for Burton.

And speaking of the Tank: if the bedazzling women of the art deco period embraced sexual liberation and unconventionality, the 1970s, too, had a similar air of freedom – though of a more insouciant, casual-chic kind. No wonder that the Tank watch – fusing modern and classic, formal yet off-the-cuff, male and female – appealed to the leading ladies of the decade.

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Charlotte Rampling sported hers at the Cannes Film Festival paired with loose-fitting jeans – that other 1970s fashion icon and gender equaliser (blue jeans previously being the domain of men). Meanwhile, over on the American Riviera, the Hamptons habitué Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faithfully wore a satin-finish, yellow gold version (JFK, as it happens, was also a Tank fan). And in 1977, another Jacqueline (Bisset) was photographed in Studio 54 donning a Tank Allongée as her chief, if not only, accessory. Pictured in the throes of a dance-off with her white-suited partner – Franco-American nightclub owner Victor Drai. Bisset falls within that league of a modern replica Cartier cheap muse who, like the many women before her and those to come, always steals the show.