When Cartier brings back one of its iconic wristwatches every couple of years or decades, it also brings back interesting tales of time-pieces and their inceptions. 2020 is witnessing the return of Pasha de Cartier with major updates. But before we delve into the collection lets read a bit about what makes ‘The Pasha’ so iconic. The inventive Louis Cartier created the classic Pasha watch back in 1932. It was made at the request of the Sultan of Marrakech – a ruler named Pasha who wanted a watch he could wear while swimming. This opened the gates for the first luxury, waterproof timepiece in the world which came from Cartier. After decades Pasha de Cartier is making a comeback with some two dozen variations for both men and women, from time-only to skeleton tourbillion, as well as diamond-set versions. It’s difficult to discern the two main models of the new Cartier Pasha de Cartier save for their size and date aperture. The size remains constant throughout the collection i.e. smaller version for women measures 35mm-wide and 9.37mm-thick, while the larger model is 41mm in diameter with a case thickness of 9.55mm. a sapphire crystal case back, QuickSwitch quick strap release system, and its SmartLink quick bracelet sizing systems are among the key features; however, the coolest feature, without a doubt is the personalization of your Pasha de Cartier. Unscrew the trademark chained crown cover to find a tiny space dedicated to having initials engraved.
The collection takes an ultra-high-end turn with its eight novelties in three categories. Cartier introduces the Pasha de Cartier Skeleton available on a steel bracelet or leather strap. Part of the collection is two bedazzled pieces made available in the 35mm size with diamonds across the case, bezel, and on the most opulent version, even on the dial. Cartier fans are spoilt for choice with two Cartier Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon watches in 18k white gold version with diamonds and 18k pink gold variant, without diamonds. Prices range from $5,700 for the 35-mm models in steel to $16,600 for the 41-mm models in gold, to $25,300 for the gold skeletons.