July 5, 2022

Louis Cartier (1875-1942) was a French businessman and watchmaker known for his elegant and extraordinary watch designs. He is the grandson of Louis-François Cartier (founder of Cartier SA) and the son of Alfred Cartier. Louis Cartier was passionate about mechanical pocket watches and dreamed of making his own. Born into a family of jewelry and watchmakers, he is also famous for his breakthrough when he controlled the company with his father Alfred Cartier. In 1904, with the help of the Swiss Hans Wilsdorf (1881-1960), he made the first wrist watch that was attached to a bracelet. He made it after his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont from Brazil who is an aviator asked to make a watch that is useful and practical for flying. Although the first watches were created by Patek Philippe & Co. in 1868, it was Cartier who was credited with popularizing watches over pocket watches.

See also

Louis-Francois Cartier Cartier SA Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain

External links

Official website www.cartier.fr