Rose gold on a strap- just one of so many options when it comes to your watch of choice...and what a dilemma it presents! Unless you're a very informed woman or you have very specific tastes, chances are your ideas of what you want in a watch are, at best, "I want Brand X with maybe Strap Y and a case of Z material". Take Cartier, for example – maybe you have an idea what you're looking for here; on the other hand, maybe "I'd love a Cartier watch" is as far as the idea has gone. Figuring out what you like and what works best for you is a fairly daunting task, especially with all the gorgeous choices. So, this post is dedicated to giving you a hand; we're going to introduce you discerning ladies to everything that Cartier has to offer in small strap watches with a gold case.
Even within these parameters, you have the choice between yellow gold, pink gold, and white gold. Now, since choosing the perfect watch is a careful process and, as much information as we can give you, you know what they say about too much of a good thing! So let's break it down a little further and take them one at a time – we'll start with 18k Rose Gold. For the other materials and sizes and all combinations therein, have no fear - we will shortly be addressing those as well!
If you're partial to the warmth that an 18k pink gold case gives to a watch, then half your choosing is already done! When it comes to straps, you'll find that while there are quite a few colors and materials that go well with it, nothing gives this shade of gold quite as much depth and texture as a brown alligator strap. With that foundation in place, let's consider the looks you can choose from: For those inclined to round dials, there are a fair few options. The Baignoire is an elliptical vision of timeless chic with its sleek sun-like dial with Roman numerals, alligator-skin strap paired with an 18k gold ardillon (or tang) buckle, and 18k pink gold octagonal crown – a must-have for women who love a long and discreet look in their watches. The Mini Baignoire is a smaller version of this watch, albeit with a dodecagonal crown, which is perfect for ladies of a more slight build, or who are given to more delicate timepieces.
Cartier Baignoire watch, small model W8000007
Cartier Mini Baignoire watch W8000017
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier 33mm, on the other hand, is all about an ethereal appearance and smoothly flowing curves, including an arc over the crown. This watch; with its lacquered silvered opaline flinqué dial, 18K pink gold fluted crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon, and semi-matte brown alligator strap with an 18k pink gold ardillon buckle; is a statement of feminine elegance and style. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier 28mm model is an identical creation in a smaller size - a smaller statement but no less powerful! Another version of the 28mm model presents a splash of color and sparkle with its purple strap and diamond dial.
Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920069
Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 28mm W6900256
A final option here is the Ronde Louis Cartier Small, a classic timepiece with a silver-grained dial bearing both Roman and Arabic numerals, an 18k pink gold circular-grained crown set with a sapphire cabochon, and an alligator-skin strap with an 18K ardillon buckle. At 29mm, this watch has a fairly sturdy appearance that makes it perfect for frequent wear.
Ronde Louis Cartier watch, small model W6800151
Of course, not everyone likes a round watch. For those of you who much prefer the square and rectangular looks to your watches, we have come up with a few interesting options! Exhibit A is the Santos-Dumont Small model, which is as classic as you can get with Cartier. Set in geometric shapes with exposed screws, this version of the maison's iconic watch comes with a silver-opaline dial graced with Roman numerals, an 18k pink gold crown set with a faceted sapphire, and an alligator-skin strap paired with an 18k pink gold adjustable deployant buckle. This watch is the perfect choice for women who revere the roots and traditions from where Cartier began!
Cartier Santos-Dumont watch, small model W2009251
If the Santos-Dumont doesn't quite catch your fancy, perhaps options from the Tank collection will. The Tank Americaine Small model also presents a long look that combines the aesthetics of the Baignoire and the Santos - rectangular shapes with rounded edges and angles. Bearing a silver-grained dial with Roman numerals, this watch has a mineral crystal, an 18k pink gold octagonal crown with a faceted sapphire, an alligator-skin strap and an 18k pink gold ardillon buckle. If you love a classic look but love it better still with a little fluidity, this is the one for you!
Cartier Tank Americaine watch, small model W2607456
A final option here is the Tank Anglaise Small model, which is a new twist on the original Tank creation. A quick way to identify this watch is that, unlike the previous models, this one has its crown seamlessly integrated into the case. Said crown is a nine-sided piece set with a sapphire directly in a flinqué, silver lacquered dial, which is offset by a shiny brown alligator leather strap paired with an 18k pink gold ardillon buckle.
Cartier Tank Anglaise watch, small model W5310027
Besides being the expected last word in class and appearance, these watches (the Ballon Bleu de Cartier 33mm is automatic) are powered by a quartz movement, which guarantees excellence in performance in each one of them! A final feather in the cap is that all these watches all water-resistant upto 30 meters. So, while you're unlikely to cannonball into the pool while wearing it, you can be confident it will survive such an encounter, should you do so!
If you still have questions or need some help narrowing it down to your perfect fit, contact us or come by CJ Charles for personal help. If this helped but you're looking for other materials and combinations, then stay tuned because we're going to be dealing with those as well!