Tavannes watches are currently sold through 120 retail jewelers in 34 states. There are also several locations in Europe. They produce a full line of men’s and ladies’ watches, including a variety of karat gold watches, and fashion dress watches for women. The men’s lineup includes such specialties as a diver’s model, and a full skeletonized watch.
Their full line can be seen at the company website, Stockwell was a prolific importer of early wristwatches, and imported some pocketwatches and other pieces as well, but I have never seen any evidence of any connection between Stockwell and Cartier, or any other retailer for that matter.
The early reverso models with the Tavannes Caliber 064 are signed “Lisica S.A.” on their movements. Lisica was merely a holding company established by Tavannes to create a “buffer” between the two companies which otherwise would have confused jewelers and consumers as to who actually made the reverso watch.
The “La Captive” watches sold by Cartier also can be seen with the Lisica signature on the movements.) The actual strap will likely be dark brown gator, although it has not been verified however. I guess we will need to chew our tongues for two weeks till it’s awaited unveiling at the SIHH (Beauty salon International p Haute Horlogerie) within Geneva.
I get old Pateks once in a while that have an old band on them, but I don’t know if it’s the original band. These watches may come from the 1940s and maybe the band was put on in the ’60s, so it’s still 40 years old. The watch table had lines snaking out the door. We started at 8 a.m. and went until 8 that night, with 15 minutes off for lunch. I had no voice left at the end of the day. The way I do appraisals, I feel I have to open things up to see what’s in them. Not everybody does that.
Earlier this month I had a chance to visit the in November re-opened Geneva Boutique at 35 Rue du Rhône. I remember the Boutique from last year, when it was just one of the European Boutiques, nothing more, nothing less. The change is incredible, in the period that the building was behind a facade for renovation, it was completely restyled following the lines that were set out by architect Bruno Moinard.
The boutique was also dramatically enlarged, since Cartier was able to obtain a third floor. The Geneva Boutique and the Boutique at the Champs-Élysées are now the largest Boutiques in Europe, occupying a hefty 1000 square meters.
Not every jewelry store has master jewelry designers capable of turning a customer’s dream into a customized piece of keepsake reality. But ever since C.J. Charles opened its shop doors, its master jewelers have stood ready to exceed customer’s expectations with an ability to design engagement or special occasion rings with diamonds ranging from5 to 25 ct.
Cartier was founded in 1847 when Louis-François Cartier, then an apprentice to Parisian jeweler Adolphe Picard, took over the business when his master passed away. By 1853, young Louis-François had become a favorite of Napoleon III’s cousin Princess Mathilde, who helped Cartier gain entry to Parisian society.