CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002
CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002
CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002
CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002
CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002
CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002

CARTIER BAIGNOIRE EXTRA LARGE SKELETIZED BACK W8000002

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Cartier Baignoire 18k Rose Gold
Manual Wind Skelitized Back Model W8000002
Extra Large Size Cartier Burnt Caramel Alligator Strap
Fits up to an 8" wrist In Original Cartier Box

c.2000s

 

Though officially released to the public in 1957, the Baignore finds its origins decades prior. In 1912, Louis Cartier himself conceived of a case based around the idea of two straight parallel lines closing into a pair of connected parentheses, with the end result resembling the look of a bathtub (or “baignore” in French). The finished product was gifted to Cartier’s top client, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia. Sadly, as she was one of the last members of the Romanov family to escape Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution, the watch was lost to time.  

However, the legacy of the piece managed to reach through to the second half of the 20th Century, and 45 years after Louis Cartier gifted his unnamed creation to his dear friend, the Baignoire collection was introduced to the public. The watch featured a rounder, more ovular case, and the Roman or Arabic numerals that circled the dial were stretched and collapsed in accordance with where they fell on the curves, lending the face of the watch a surreal, Dalíesque appearance. Also added to the piece was an electronically powered quartz movement, bringing an invisible air of effortless modernity to a timepiece with roots in a time long passed.  

This example of the Baignore line features an 18 karat yellow gold case that houses an ivory dial and curves ever so slightly to fit the wrist of the wearer. The rare transparent case back provides a glimpse into the meticulously crafted movement, allowing enthusiasts to appreciate the artistry and precision within. As a manual-wind timepiece, the Cartier Baignoire offers a further connection to traditional watchmaking, requiring the engagement of the wearer to power the movement. This intimate interaction enhances the overall experience of owning and appreciating this exquisite watch. The burnt caramel leather strap adds a rustic edge to this elegant, quietly historic member of the Cartier stable.

Made in Switzerland

 

 

 

Stephanie Windsor guarantees the proper functioning of this watch mechanism for ONE year from the purchase date. Our watches are guaranteed to be of the period, material and manufacturer stated. Any damage due to accidents and/or wear and tear from use is excluded from this warranty.  Stephanie Windsor is an independent watch dealer and is not authorized endorsed, sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with the original watch maker brand. Stephanie Windsor only sells preowned, vintage, and refurbished watches that are subject to one or more of the following: Repair and replacement of damaged or worn parts, replacement of the original watch crystal with aftermarket crystals. The original maker of the watch is not under any obligation to service watches sold by Stephanie Windsor.

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