Watches are certainly functional pieces which you can buy for a few measly dollars and wear every day. But then there are the Cartier watches for women, which is another subject entirely. It's not just a mere gadget to tell time. It's a work of art and a valuable piece of jewelry.
The Cartier women's watch has a long and classy history
It was in the 1920s when Louis Cartier became enamored of watches, and especially wrist watches. He approached the famed house of LeCoultre to have some wrist watches produced for Cartier. The Cartier wrist watches were made in the LeCoultre part of the factory designated as the European Watch and Clock, and this factory sold some of the most imaginative timepieces retailed by Cartier. Today, these watches can still fetch 5 figures, and some go past 6 figures.
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It's easy to differentiate fakes, but only if you're experienced with Cartier watches for women
Every year, Cartier destroys confiscated fake copies of their watches in front of their Fifth Ave. store. But for experienced jewelers, finding out if a Cartier watch for women is legit is actually easy.
Copying Cartier watches for women faithfully is difficult for a variety of reasons. First, Cartier tends to use very expensive metals for their watches. Any Cartier watch women will go for will invariably have something like gold, platinum or silver, along with high quality stainless steel. It's also not all that easy to copy the cases that house the Cartier watches, because the construction of those is always high quality.
You also have various signatures and hallmarks put in the various parts of the Cartier watch. These are in the bands, dials, cases, movements, and other parts. In the 1960s, the word “Cartier” began appearing in the leg of the Roman numeral X (ten), along with VII (seven).
So just make sure you buy from reputable stores with a tested money-back guarantee. You can then take your purchase to a jewelry or Cartier expert and have it checked out.
Women have always considered the Cartier women's watches as status symbols
It's not really surprising that fashion icons such as Greta Garbo and Jackie Kennedy Onassis favored the women's Cartier watch. It's actually an honor to wear Cartier women's watches because of these women.
Today, find any group of successful, fashion-conscious women, and women's Cartier watches will be very popular or even prevalent. Go to New York, and the jet setters will be sporting just about every type of Cartier watch for women possible. This is usually true for those women who are either in the legal or financial sector.
You better have the budget if you want a women's Cartier watch
Just so you're not shocked, the cheapest Cartier watch for women will probably go for at least $3,000.
So you better save up. Some women save up for years, and they usually do so that they can mark a special occasion appropriately. Some women save a certain part of their money as college freshmen and then buy themselves Cartier watches for women as graduation gifts.
Others do this for post-graduate education, such as a reward for finishing law school or med school. And others save up monthly so that when they get a high enough position in their company, such as vice-president, they're not sporting digital watches when they go to work.
But once bought Cartier watches for women are virtually timeless. In other words, they will never go out of style. It's for that reason why even Cartier watches made in the 1970s and 1980s are still sought after. The fashions during those times don't exactly translate well nowadays, but that doesn't apply to Cartier Watches. In fact, you may not even be able to tell in which decade an old Cartier watch was produced.
So this means you can wear your Cartier watch for the rest of your life. It will never be out of style or look obsolete. It will always be a classic. And when your daughter is old enough, you can pass on the legacy of style and elegance that is the Cartier watch to your daughter or granddaughter.
Choosing a particular Cartier watch for women that suits YOU
It's not really a good idea to buy a women's Cartier watch based on price alone. At this price point, you have to love it first when you see it, and then you check the price.
This is a work of art, and you have to feel real pleasure when you gaze upon it. While there is a guilty pleasure in seeing the looks of envy and admiration from other people when they see you wearing Cartier, it's your own enjoyment that must come first.
Another thing you need to determine is how often you will want to wear the Cartier watch. Some watches are best for more formal occasions while others, although still stylish, can be worn for every day. Still, this can be a cultural thing that depends on your particular social environment. In Miami for example, watches that seem only appropriate for weddings in some parts of the US can be seen on tennis courts.
Then you should also consider the practical aspects of the mechanism. If you're not going to use the watch every day, then a perpetual motion watch will simply not do at all.
You have to think about what you will be doing when you're wearing the watch. Can you do your job when you're wearing it? The fit will also have to be perfect as well, and also the size of the face.
All in all, Cartier watches for women is something that just about every woman will appreciate. It's the perfect gift for the woman you love, whether it's your daughter, granddaughter, wife, or mom. Or it can be the perfect gift for yourself if you're a woman. After all, sometimes we deserve to give ourselves a gift every once in a while!