The Cartier Baignoire watch collection is a modern rendition of their classic Cartier ladies’ watches from the 1950s. The collection offers mechanical and quartz watches in a variety of unique designs. Its most prominent characteristic is the signature elongated and elliptical casing that is available in a variety of sizes — from mini to extra large. Some of the dial designs are also decorated with a diamond set to match its white or rose gold case. Indeed, these beloved Cartier watches for women epitomize the brand’s signature sophisticated style.
Cartier is a famous French luxury brand that designs and manufactures watches, jewelry, and fragrances. They are known for their high-quality materials, exquisite designs, and cutting-edge craftsmanship. The Cartier Baignoire is one of their most notable collections, offering both the iconic diamond Cartier watches and minimally designed dress watches.
In 2019, the Cartier Baignoire watch collection was released as a redefined version of their earlier models in the 50s. The collection retained most of its original design like its elongated oval-shaped case that mimics a “bathtub” (or in French, “baignoire”), and the painted Roman numeral indexes which are all bordered by a thick gold bezel. Indeed, it combines both traditional and modern aesthetics to create stunning and elegant watches for the modern lady.
|Cartier Baignoire Mini, W8000017||$13,500 USD||25.30mm x 20.63mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Small, WB520004||$34,200 USD||31.6mm x 24.5mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Allongée, WGBA0009||$35,700 USD||47mm x 21mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Small, WJBA0015||$44,600 USD||32mm x 26mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Large, WB520005||$56,500 USD||44mm x 34.07mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Allongée Extra Large, WJBA0008||$67,000 USD||52mm x 23mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Large, WB520003||$85,500 USD||44mm x 34.07mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Mini, HPI00327||$102,000 USD||25.3mm x 20.79mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Mini Panther Spots, HPI00704||$125,000 USD||25.5mm x 19mm|
|Cartier Baignoire Allongée, HPI01307||$232,000 USD||52mm x 23mm|
Cartier watches price their Baignoire collection at approximately $13,000 USD to $200,000 USD, depending on the design and materials used. All the models in the collection have varying gold set designs that may include either a diamond embedded bezel or a full diamond set. Hence, most of the Cartier diamond watches in the Baignoire collection are expensive and extravagant in design. What is also most intriguing about this collection is the variety of sizes that they offer. The Cartier Baignoire collection contains an impressive display of Cartier ladies’ watches that showcases the brand’s luxurious craftsmanship.
First up is the Cartier Baignoire Mini that features the smallest dimension, and one of the least expensive watches in the entire collection. These watches are smaller and slimmer in size, which makes it a perfect fit even for the daintiest of wrists. For instance, the Cartier Baignoire Mini Ref. W8000017 measures just 25.30mm x 20.63mm in size. This quartz watch is the least expensive watch in the collection at approximately $13,500 USD. Its design is also reminiscent of their earlier 1950’s model since it features a thick and simple-looking 18K rose gold case. It also has Cartier’s signature Roman numeral indices and sword-shaped blue steeled hands on its sunray silver dial. As a final touch, the watch case has yet another Cartier’s icon, a small blue cabochon on its crown, and is paired with dark brown alligator leather strap.
The Baignoire Small watches share a lot of similarities with the Mini Baignoire. Both models have the same dial design, which features the iconic Roman numeral indexes and sword-shaped hands. It also has different strap materials (fabric, leather, or gold), and gold casings with a diamond bezel option. The only difference between these two is that the Cartier Baignoire Small watches are slightly more elongated due to their larger size at 31.6mm long and 24.5mm wide. As an example, the Cartier Baignoire Small Ref. WB520002 has a diamond embedded bezel on its 18K rose gold case and bracelet. Even its crown is set with a brilliant-cut diamond instead of Cartier’s usual blue cabochon. This $52,000 USD quartz watch also has a sunray silver dial that complements the overall shimmering and shiny appearance of the diamond watch.
Next is the Cartier Baignoire Large watches. The larger dial size at 44mm x 34.07mm allows for a more complicated dial design. The Roman numeral indexes remain, but now they feature a silvered flinqué dial with black minute inner markings. The Baignoire Large Ref. WB520005, for instance, is a quartz watch that also has a beautiful 18K rose gold bezel adorned with diamonds. Furthermore, this $56,500 USD watch features a pink-toned beige "toile brossée” fabric as its strap with an adjustable folding 18K rose gold buckle that completes its entire soft pink tinged appearance.
The collection’s most unique set of Cartier watches, the Cartier Baignoire Allongée has the same oval-shaped case, but it is more stretched out and pulled to really resemble a “baignoire” (or “bathtub” in English). It is also bigger than the Baignoire Large in terms of length since the dial is narrower and longer. Apart from the case, the indexes are also elongated to fit the shape of the dial. Hence, the design for these Cartier watches completely deviates from their regular Cartier Baignoire watch. It is different from the rest of the models, yet mesmerizing as it achieves both excessive chicness and simplicity.
In other words, the Baignoire Allongée plays with the traditional Cartier Baignoire design and adds its own dynamic personality like the Baignoire Allongée Ref. WJBA0010 which is both minimal and extravagant all at once. This manual winding watch does not have any painted numerical indices. Instead, the entire dial, bezel, and crown have diamond decorations that match the 18k rose gold case. With its opulent dial, it is then contrasted with a minimal taupe alligator-skin leather strap. This watch is 47mm long and 21mm wide, and costs around $82,000 USD.
Lastly, the Panthère is another unique set of Cartier watches in the Baignoire collection that has three variations available. Cartier is famous for its Panthère watches that are patterned after spotted panthers, which quickly became another iconic design concept of the brand.
For the Baignoire collection, they have the Cartier Baignoire Mini Panther Spots Ref. HPI00704, which showcases a beautiful Rhodium-finish 18K white gold case set that has black enamel spots all over its dial, bezel and bracelet. Its overall aesthetic is the inspired black panther spots that covers the entire watch and leaves no space for any numerical indices. It is a completely unique design for a quartz watch, and it is also one of their most expensive watches in the collection at $125,000 USD.
Since Cartier is a globally recognized luxury brand, their products have become a symbol of high culture, beauty, and refinement. Every Cartier product is regarded with much recognition and admiration since it is a brand that prioritizes high-quality materials combined with cutting-edge craftsmanship. We can see this in their Cartier watch collections that have been recognized for their avant-garde designs.
Among those is the Cartier Baignoire collection, which is a collection of elegant oval-shaped dress watches for women. Any used Cartier watch from the Baignoire collection is regarded with the same value and respect for its high quality material and exceptional designs. Hence, buying a vintage Cartier Baignoire watch is a worthwhile investment since its elongated and elliptical shaped designs are uniquely Cartier made.
The unusual design for the Cartier Baignoire started in 1912 when Louis, the grandson of Louis-François Cartier, the founder of Cartier, wanted a new design that embodied and reflected their brand’s skills and craftsmanship. He then came up with the elongated and oval-shaped dial patterned after the “baignoire” or bathtub. The original design was a horizontally placed dial with elongated Roman numeral indices as well.
The design continued to develop as they designed and created more models that represented its generation in the ‘50s to the ‘70s. Cartier came up with the Baignoire Allongée in the ‘60s, which was another innovative design inspired from the tunes of “Swinging London”.
The Cartier Baignoire watch collection has gone through a lot of changes over the decades, yet it remains as an iconic horological timepiece. That is why, in 2019, Cartier released its newer and modern Cartier Baignoire watches that are more fitting for the twenty-first century women. These watches include the models we now see in their collection, with even more stunning and elegant diamond watches. Hence, the revival of the Cartier Baignoire watches became another monumental achievement for the brand as they showcased yet another collection of brilliant dress watches for women.
The Cartier Baignoire collection has a lot of beautifully designed ladies’ watches to offer. They have manual winding and quartz watches available in different designs and sizes that are meticulously curated to fit the curves of a woman’s wrist. Here are three more reasons why you should buy or consider buying a Cartier Baignoire watch.
1. The Cartier Baignoire collection offers a variety of sizes from small to extra-large watches which gives women a lot of size and design options as well.
2. As a luxury jewelry brand, this collection also has different kinds of diamond watches available in either white or rose gold casing. You can also choose whether you want a whole diamond set or just a diamond embedded bezel to match its leather, gold, or fabric strap.
3. These Baignoire watches offer a unique dial design that elevates every modern woman’s style. Its elongated elliptical shape is made to adhere to the natural curve of a wrist, which makes it both beautiful and ergonomic.
The Cartier Baignoire watch collection is, indeed, another wonderful display of Cartier’s horological craftsmanship and jewelry making. By combining precious stones like diamonds into their watches, they have created a whole collection of ladies’ dress watches that exudes modern elegance and sophistication. They also made experimental design changes with the sizes to make it more dynamic and personalized.