30 Jan 2012


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Written by Kiley Jacques

If you a woman who values the subtle and the chic, the Cartier Tonneau WE400331 Ladies Watch may speak to you. Its understated appeal springs from its simple, tailored lines. The diamond laden bezel does, however, make a noticeable though quiet splash. Its polished 18 kt rose gold case, black satin strap, and roman numeral markers combine to make a reserved timepiece worth considering,

For lovers of the uncomplicated and the sophisticated, this particular Cartier ensemble is a shining demonstration of both. Following on the heels of Cartier’s Santos and the Tank, the Tonneau line is distinct for its barrel shape, hence its name (tonneau, in french, means barrel or sometimes cask.) The piece’s oblong curves and etched dial are designed to comfortably and snuggly fit the contours of a woman’s wrist. Additionally, it comes in both large and small sizes with a choice of rose or white gold, or platinum. Also, a leather strap can replace the satin.Tonneau case back and engraving

The name Cartier represents affluence and success. Its collections and craftsmanship are its making. The Tonneau WE400331 is justly placed among Cartier’s finest. With it comes the master designer’s signature blue sword-shaped hands, 18 kt gold deployment buckle, manual winding movement, rose gold crown set with diamond, and silver sun ray dial.

Summary of Features:

  • 18 kt rose gold case
  • 18 kt rose gold crown set
  • 18 kt rose gold deployment buckle
  • diamond bezel
  • polished silver dial
  • 6″ black satin strap
  • black roman numeral scales
  • manual winding
  • water resistant up to 30 meters
  • sapphire crystal
  • Swiss made

Because this model is a more recent addition to the Tonneau line, there are no consumer reviews to date; should you decide to make the investment (and it is a hefty investment), you will be doing so on the strength of Cartier’s reputation alone. Listed at a retail price of $24,500, it is widely available through online and department store discount sellers, including: Authenticwatches.com ($20,500); Swissluxury.com ($20,825); Icedtime.com ($16,425); Luxurydiscountstore.com ($19,944); Itmustbetime.com ($19,600); and Startoftime.com ($20,395). Note: this item is sometimes referred to as Cartier 18 kt Diamond Tonneau Mechanique WE 400331 or, simply, Model#400331.

So, if you are looking for something au courant, look into the Cartier Tonneau WE400331 Ladies Watch. In it you will find Louis-Francois Cartier and his successors’ mastery. It offers a  to-be-noticed twist on the classic. Its unique curvature and a pleasing combination of diamonds, rose gold, and satin make it a treasure to behold. A women donning this Tonneau will invite the endless compliments inspired by all Cartiers.Tonneau logo

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