As the Pasha de Cartier celebrates its 35th anniversary, here are 15 facts about the Cartier Pasha to prime new fans.
1. YEAR OF RELEASE
2020 marks the 35th anniversary of the Pasha de Cartier after its release in 1985.
2. A TRUE OG
1985 also saw the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sony Discman System and the radio pager — none enjoyed OG status and longevity like the Pasha de Cartier.
3. HISTORICAL INFLUENCE
The Vendome-lugs, designed and patented by Louis Cartier in 1934, forms the foundation of the Pasha de Cartier design blueprint.
4. KEY DESIGN
The chained crown and blue spinel are the inimitable elements of the Pasha de Cartier that are crucial to its iconic look
5. WATER RESISTANCE
The crown cap provided the 1985 version of the Pasha de Cartier with 100 metres of water resistance while retaining its minimal thickness.
Beneath the crown cover lies a plate that allows initials to be carved for a truly intimate expression of individuality, revealed only when the famous chained crown is unscrewed.
7. GEOMETRY PLAY
The geometrical elements of the square and circle work harmoniously together as seen in the square filigree rail-track surrounded by the circular dial.
8. SEAMLESS TRANSITION
Cartier’s invisible QuickSwitch mechanism allows seamless interchangeability of straps and bracelets with a push of a button — the SmartLink system utilised in the bracelet does not require special tools when adjusting the length of the bracelet.
9. IN-HOUSE MOVEMENT
Cartier’s in-house 1847 MC automatic calibre powers the Pasha de Cartier to deliver exceptional chronometric performance and the movement can be viewed through the sapphire case back.
An integrated paramagnetic alloy shield within the case and non-magnetic nickel phosphorus used in the escapement allows the Pasha de Cartier to resist strong magnetic fields a watch can be exposed in everyday life.
11. TWO SIZES
The Pasha de Cartier is available in two sizes to cater to all wrist sizes — 35mm and 41mm. The 41mm version is differentiated with a date aperture positioned between four and five o’clock.
12. HIGH COMPLICATIONS
Apart from the basic time-only variants, the Pasha de Cartier family comprises of two other complications — a tourbillon and a skeletonised version.
13. ON-SCREEN GENIUS
Jackson Wang is not only the face of the Pasha de Cartier but also represents a new generation of non-conformist, talented individuals who fearlessly express their art.
He is joined by Rami Malek, Maisie Williams, Troye Sivan and Willow Smith.
14. ANOTHER ON-SCREEN GENIUS
American actor, singer and musician Sammy Davis Jr was famous for wearing the Pasha de Cartier — a gift from Frank Sinatra. In fact, he was reportedly buried wearing the watch itself.
15. SHARED IDENTITY
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