Cartier Baignoire – An Elegant Dress Watch for Ladies
As early as 1906, Cartier designed an ellipse shaped watch for ladies that would later be dubbed the Baignoire collection in 1957. Minimalist, distinct, and elegant, the Cartier Baignoire is named after the French word for “bathtub” due to its case shape. Currently still part of Cartier’s catalog of watches, the Baignoire has been a mainstay among the House’s collection of ladies’ timepieces for almost 60 years.
Cartier Baignoire Design
Some of the distinguishing design traits of the Cartier Baignoire includes its ellipse shaped case — although there have been some round models of the Baignoire produced in the past — the Roman numerals on the dial, the blue sword-shape hands, and the faceted blue sapphire on the winding crown. A straightforward time-only wristwatch, the Baignoire may be simple in its fundamental design, yet the collection offers a versatile range of diverse models. Metal options of the Cartier Baignoire range from understated steel to precious 18k yellow, pink, and white gold. Sizes of the Cartier Baignoire include mini, small, medium, and large. Depending on one’s style, a variety of strap choices are presented such as feminine fabric straps, classic leather straps, and intricately designed metal bracelets. For more lavish models, the Cartier Baignoire is also available with diamond-set bezels, as well as high-jewelry pieces such as the Cartier Baignoire Folle with an asymmetrical dial, black satin strap, and exquisitely encrusted with fine diamonds throughout the dial, bezel and case.
Cartier Baignoire Calibers
Both quartz and mechanical movements are used to power different models within the Cartier Baignoire collection. The large models (34mm x 44mm) of the Cartier Baignoire ladies’ watches are equipped with the 430 MC caliber — the Cartier in-house mechanical movement with manual winding.
Buying Pre-Owned Cartier Baignoire Watches
One of the House of Cartier’s most popular lines of watches exclusively made for ladies, the Cartier Baignoire is cherished for its sophisticated and distinct design. Since the collection has been around for more than half a century, there are plenty of pre-owned Cartier Baignoire watches available in the market. Whether opting for a chic secondhand stainless steel Cartier Baignoire or a classic used gold and leather strap Cartier Baignoire or even an opulent pre-owned gold and diamond Cartier Baignoire, the secondary market is plentiful with Baignoire models at the best prices.