Although Cartier is known for making shaped watches (watches that are not round) such as the rectangular Tank, the square Santos, and the tonneau Roadster, the Maison does, in fact, make beautiful round watches. Take for example the pink gold Cartier Ronde Solo, a piece that we’re highlighting today.
Cartier Ronde Solo Watch Collection
While the Cartier Ronde Solo takes many of its design cues from the Ronde Louis Cartier watches, there are some few key differences between the two models. For instance, the Ronde Louis Cartier includes more classically designed Breguet-style center hands while the Ronde Solo uses sword-shaped ones. Furthermore, modern Ronde Louis Cartier watches run on in-house Cartier movements while the Ronde Solo uses either quartz movements or ETA-based automatic movements. Essentially, the Ronde Solo is the more affordable option when compared with the Ronde Louis Cartier.
Aside from the blued sword-shaped hands, other signature design traits of the Cartier Ronde Solo watches include rail-track minute circle, large Roman numerals, a blue cabochon-cut stone set into the winding crown, and of course, a round case. The Ronde Solo watches are offered in steel or pink gold and in a host of different sizes to suit either a man’s or a woman’s wrist. There’s also a choice of metal bracelets or leather straps, and a great appeal of the Cartier Ronde Solo watches is how easy it is to switch out the bands for a whole new look.
Pink Gold Cartier Ronde Solo Watch for Men
The Cartier Ronde Solo ref. W6701009 sports a 42 mm case (which is the largest size within the collection), crafted in ultra-luxurious 18k pink gold. The beaded winding crown, also in pink gold, is set with a synthetic cabochon-cut spinel stone.
Housed within the generously sized round case is a crisp silvered opaline dial with the hallmark blue hands. Interestingly, the large black Roman numerals from 1 – 12 are accompanied by a ring of smaller black Arabic numerals from 13 – 24–so together they represent all 24 hours in the day. The only number missing is “15” next to III, since a date window takes its place. Look closely at the VII hour marker and you’ll spot the secret Cartier signature. Protecting the face of the watch is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
If you flip the Ronde Solo ref. W6701009 around you’ll see a stainless steel caseback protecting the automatic movement inside the watch with a 42-hour power reserve. Finishing off the look of the rose gold and steel Cartier Ronde Solo is the brown alligator-skin strap with round scales and an 18k pink gold ardillon buckle.
If you’re in the market for a classic round watch by Cartier in pink gold but with a price tag that won’t break the bank, then look to a pre-owned Cartier Ronde Solo for a timepiece that hits all the right notes.