Tue 3 Feb 2015
A rare review of a ladies watch – but this is such a stunner, I had to review it! This is the model WB520005, featuring a beautiful 18k pink gold ellipse case, first introduced by Louis Cartier in 1906. This beautifully crafted piece is the largest of the Baignoire line, featuring a case measuring 44mm x 34.07mm and is 10.05mm thick. It is a statement piece from Cartier, with many little features and highlights that I’ll talk about.
First a frontal shot to really appreciate the watch and the presence it carries. Two rows of brilliant cut diamonds, totaling 149 and a reverse set brilliant-cut diamond in the crown with a total carat weight of 1.44. The dial is silver flinque-engraved, and features Cartier’s signature roman numerals.
The reverse-set diamond in the crown is truly a thing of beauty, and a very unique feature from Cartier that really sets the watch off. It may be one of my favourite features of this watch! A nice change of pace from the usual sapphire cabochon. The sides of the case are polished 18k pink gold.
The mechanical manual winding caliber 430 MC is in-house designed and looks fantastic through the sapphire see-through caseback. It is signed and features the Cartier logo monogram on the bridges. Its rare to see a ladies watch with a mechanical movement these days, with most electing to have quartz so this is a nice little bonus.
The 18k Pink Gold deployant clasp a precision crafted thing of beauty! It requires folding of the strap for installation and will not take most aftermarket straps. I also purchased a fuchsia crocodile strap for this watch and it costed about $300. It is not as easy to user-replace as others from Cartier, but it is doable.
Lastly a beauty shot, which unfortunately came out a little fuzzy. Still a heck of a looker that any woman would be proud to wear on her wrist! This might be one of the most beautiful, yet slightly understated (if it weren’t for the diamonds) luxury ladies watches out there. The long case allows it to stretch across the wrist, and really shows it off, while still being comfortable and relatively light and wearable.
Model: Large model
Case Material: 18K pink gold, diamonds
Strap: Fabric strap
Size: 44mm x 34.07mm