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WatchPro Ladies Watches of the Year Highly Commended: Cartier Baignoire Allongée

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Since the turn of the 20th-century, Cartier has demonstrated an unprecedented ability to create beautifully-shaped watch cases.

It’s not the only thing the French Maison is good at, of course, but it is most certainly one of the brand’s defining characteristics in the world of fine watches.

An exceptional example of this comes in the form of the newest additions to the Baignoire Allongée collection.

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The model’s unique shape traces its origins all the way back to 1912, when Louis Cartier took the traditional round watch shape and stretched it out.

Inspired by the parallel lines of a bathtub connected by two curved lines (Baignoire is French for bathtub), the design was reworked over the ensuing decades before the model made its official debut in 1958.

In the 1960’s, in the Cartier workshops in London, the idea was stretched even further, giving rise to the Baignoire Allongée.

In 2019, this distinctive elongated case introduces an extravagant bezel sculpted into studs echoing the shape of the clou de Paris (or hobnail) pattern. Visually arresting, this is the watch for the woman who wants to proclaim her individual style.

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