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New Pasha collection: Cartier is free to create!

Icon in the eighties, the Pasha de Cartier comes back on the Frank Sans C’s programme set for the second time. A great opportunity to discover the novelties of the star collection with our watch enthusiast (who is losing it at the beginning, isn’t he?)

By Chloé Redler

For the little story 

The year 1985 marks the launch of the Pasha de Cartier. The launch was very well noticed, especially as it was a very boldly styled piece for its time. Little revolution in the very close circle of the traditional watchmaking, the Pasha stands out with its strong personality. But its design so particular is due to an older edition that we find in the Maison’s archives. 

Pasha Cartier de 1943
The first Pasha de Cartier is born for a special order in 1943.

The legend says that its name comes from Thami El Mezouari El Glaoui – the Pacha of Marrakech. An avid collector of luxury items, he asks Louis Cartier to make him a water-resistant watch with atypical design – see our article Pasha de Cartier, Pasha de Cartier: comeback of an icon.

The comeback of the Pasha de Cartier with grid 

La nouvelle Pasha de Cartier avec grille
Cartier recreates an edition with a yellow gold removable grid coming with an interchangeable blue navy or grey alligator leather strap.

Return of the removable grid in the 2022 collections. Indeed, at the beginning of the 1980’s, the originality of the piece is due to this characteristic element that adorns the dial. 

Pasha de Cartier dans les années 80
One of the first Pasha in the 1980’s. 

Covered to protect the watch of the possible shocks, the grid disappears from the collection throughout the decades. Surprise! Here it is that returns to this yellow gold 41mm-diameter version. Particularity and not the least: Cartier has developed a new system that is on four small clicks composed of springs. This device allows to facilitate the assembly and disassembly of the grid. Thus, the happy owners can change at their will, the profile of their watch. Available on a blue navy or dark grey alligator leather bracelet, it features a silvered flinqué dial where we differentiate another particularity of the range: its square « rail-tracks » motion work in a round case. 

La nouvelle Pasha de Cartier avec grille
Perfect illustration of a « shape » watch: a “rail-tracks” motion work in a round case. 

Price: €19,400 – Have a look at our technical specifications sheet of the Pasha de Cartier with grid

The Pasha de Cartier – Grey dial 

La Pasha de Cartier et son cadran gris
The piece with a grey dial is available on a second anthracite grey bracelet.

Special mention for this version whose anthracite grey colour highlights the work done on the dial by the manufacture’s workshops. Here, they excel in the art of flinqué, a particular technique of engine-turning where the tool is driven according to the radius of a circle. Delicately created, this decoration contrasts perfectly with the blued steel hands, the Arabic numerals, the « rail-tracks » motion work, and the blue spinel adorning the crown guard – that can be delicately unscrewed. As many Cartier standards as we find in this so particular collection.

Price: €7,200 

Have a look at our technical specifications sheet of the anthracite grey dial Pasha de Cartier.

In a poetic mode, the Pasha de Cartier Moon phase 

With its timeless design, this star of the 1980’s offers an infinite range of possibilities to the manufacture’s workshops of La Chaux-de-Fonds. And for good reason, the collection includes this year an edition with Moon phase.

La nouvelle Pasha de Cartier Phase de Lune
One of the novelties 2022, the Pasha with Moon phase. 

Very delicate, the dial reveals a moon phase at 6 o’clock under the shape of a circle surrounded by a midnight blue planisphere dotted with stars. Offered in a rose gold or steel version, this poetic function is powered by a high precision manufacture self-winding movement, water-resistant to 100 m.

Rose gold Pasha de Cartier Moon Phase – €20,900
Steel Pasha de Cartier Moon Phase – €9,150

The Pasha de Cartier or the art of skeleton-work 

Editorial board’s favourite, this wonder is the perfect example of the luxury Maison’ skills in the art of skeleton-work. True mechanical lace, the dial of this Pasha allows the automatic calibre 9624 MC’s gears to be admired. 

The skeleton version of the Pasha de Cartier. 

While keeping the diameter and the characteristic design of the range, the cutting of the oversized Arabic numerals is perfectly made. Look at the gears of this reference, it is simply hypnotic.

Have a look at our technical specifications sheet of the Skeleton Pasha de Cartier– €28,200

The diamonds on the Pasha de Cartier

In jewellery version, this rose gold sparkling version will know how to appeal to the women. With a delicate 30mm-diameter, it has a bezel set with 42 cut-brilliant diamonds.

La version joaillière de la nouvelle Pasha de Cartier
Powered by a quartz movement, this rose gold version features a bezel set with diamonds. 

An ultimate watch jewels, it perfectly matches an evening wear. It is equipped with the « QuickSwitch » interchangeable strap system, an intuitive and invisible device that can be done by a single push. And this without instrument even if Cartier offers a small tool to facilitate the handling. It is delivered with a second red alligator leather strap. Very glamour.

La nouvelle joaillière de la Pasha de Cartier
Very sensual, the version on a red alligator leather strap is very appealing.

Price: €34,800 

Technical specifications:

750/100 rose gold case
Diameter: 30 mm
Bezel set with 42 brilliant cut diamonds (total of 0,86 ct)
Crown and crown guard fluted and decorated with sapphires
Opaline flinqué dial
Blued steel hands in diamond shape 
Rose gold bracelet and second red alligator leather strap 
Water-resistant to 30 m 
Quartz movement 


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