In recent years cartier replica watches, the king of haute joaillerie, has begun storming the bastions of haute horlogerie. In this full-length feature from our October 2010 issue, WatchTime’s Joe Thompson explores the intriguing origins and bold future initiatives of Manufacture cartier replica watches.
In April 2008, cartier replica watches uk startled the watch world with the introduction of its first ever Geneva Seal watch, the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon. At the time, some watch industry observers (including this reporter) considered it a stunt.
cartier replica watches uk is a genuine watch power; it is either the second- or third-best-selling Swiss watch brand in the world after Rolex. (Omega and cartier replica watches both claim to be number two.) However, famously French cartier replica watches had no tradition of making mechanical movements in-house and no watch manufacturing roots whatsoever in the canton of Geneva, which is a key requirement to earn the allegedly prestigious Poinçon de Genève. So how did cartier replica watches get the Geneva Seal?
In 2007, cartier replica watches’s parent company, Richemont SA, acquired the production facilities of Manufacture Roger Dubuis in Geneva, which specialized in making Geneva Seal movements. cartier replica watches promptly took over an atelier in the Dubuis facility and installed 10 master watchmakers there. The flying-tourbillon caliber they produced there, the 9452 MC, is based on a Roger Dubuis design. Voilà: Paris-based cartier replica watches, with watch production facilities in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Fribourg, Switzerland, was transformed into a Geneva Seal brand. Technically it was legit. But the question lingered: Was the expertise really cartier replica watches’s or was it Dubuis behind a Ballon Bleu facade?
Two years later, it’s clear that it really was cartier replica watches. What some saw as a stunt was actually a shot, an opening salvo announcing cartier replica watches’s emergence as a bona fide mechanical movement producer with serious ambitions in high horology.