In Good Time

Everyone knows that being “fashionably late” is really not
so fashionable. So what's a lady to do? Get thyself a watch.
Peek through the swoon-worthy styles below to discover
the piece that was made for you.

Anatomy of a Timepiece

Clé De Cartier
Clé De Cartier
Clé De Cartier
Clé De Cartier
Clé De Cartier

Anatomy of a Timepiece

One of life’s many truths: No outfit is complete without a watch. But what’s the difference between any old watch and a save-for-your-grandkiddies watch? Well, for starters, the Clé de Cartier watch takes the expertise of more than a thousand employees to make, is all assembled by hand and will run on its own in perpetuity. Impressed? Yeah, us too. Keep scrolling to uncover the rest.

Anatomy of a Timepiece

Bracelet or Leather Strap?

Contrary to popular belief, a leather strap is actually more formal than a bracelet, mostly due to the fact you can’t just wear it everywhere (like deep-sea diving or, you know, on a Slip ‘N Slide). So how do you decide which kind is right for you? Consider your day-to-day. Steel may be more durable, but leather offers a vintage feel that only gets better with care and age.

Anatomy of a Timepiece

Pay Attention to the Hands

Look closely. Do you notice anything about those hands? Every watch has them, but Cartier watches all feature an exclusive blued-steel sword shape. At the factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the steel passes through various colors as it is heated until it obtains that perfect color. And get this: It’s all judged by the craftsman’s eyesight.

Anatomy of a Timepiece

Discover the Modern Crown

Setting the date and time is typically done using what is called the “crown.” One of the most incredible features of the Clé watch is its fresh take on the process. Instead of twisting, the crown pivots effortlessly--like a key--and then pops right back into place, offering a reassuring “click.” FYI: In French, “clé” means key. (And “je dois avoir maintenant” means “I must have it now.”)

Anatomy of a Timepiece

Sits Flush On Your Wrist

Few things are worse than an ill-fitting watch (OK, maybe an ill-fitting bra). Luckily, each piece in the Clé collection features a perfect circle with smooth rounded edges and lies completely flat, meaning no matter your wrist size, you can get away with wearing everything from the dainty silhouette to the menswear version. Just be sure to get it properly fitted. A watch should be snug or even a little tight, not sliding around on your wrist.

Menswear-Inspired

Menswear-Inspired

With its larger face and rich brown alligator-skin strap, this watch has us feeling all ’70s groovy. Make an impact by pairing it with your brand-new flared jeans and a printed silk blouse. Then top off the look with a plush fur vest to seal the deal.

Clé de Cartier Watch

Everyday Classic

Everyday Classic

Pink gold, steel and a smaller (31 mm) face give this watch a truly timeless appeal--the type of accessory you would consider a staple at the office when accompanied by a midi skirt, structural top and statement heels. It whispers “I’m a lady” while still being a boss.

Clé de Cartier Watch

Unexpected Statement

Unexpected Statement

It's not every day that you come across a watch dripping in Bordeaux and diamonds. When styling a timepiece that stands on its own, keep the rest of your look fairly simple. We love the idea of a similarly colored trench teamed with basic black skinny jeans. It's just about the only time when matchy-matchy is (highly) endorsed.

Clé de Cartier Watch

Try One On For Yourself

Ogling a watch online is one thing. But walking into a Cartier boutique to try it on firsthand is entirely another. At the Maison, Cartier watch specialists will work with you personally to find the timepiece that's best suited to your lifestyle and your (exquisite) taste.

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