Watches Wednesday: The Evolution of the Pasha de Cartier
7 October 2020

Watches Wednesday: The Evolution of the Pasha de Cartier

Named after the Pasha El Glaoui of Marrakech, the Pasha de Cartier, first introduced in 1985, quickly became a cult favourite, thanks to its distinctive “square inside a circle” dial and bezel design. This year, Cartier revives this model, with some updated modifications, yet, at the same time, still retains its original key design elements including its 4 Arabic numerals, 4 clous de Paris that fasten onto the strap/bracelet, and the screw-down crown cover.

Pasha De Cartier models

New for the 2020 edition, is its more precise crown which is hidden under the fluted crown cover, fitted with a blue spinel or sapphire, which enhances the ergonomics of the winding crown. Cartier is always known for its “secrets” (for example, the secret clasps and fastenings on jewellery pieces) and this time around, the Maison has integrated this “secret” element into the Pasha, so if you’re a fan of personalisation, your initials can also be engraved beneath the crown cover, making the engraving visible only when  the chained crown of the Pasha is unscrewed. However, if you prefer your initials to be visible, this may also be engraved on the new clasp.

Pasha de Cartier Crown Engraving Personalisation

The new Pasha is also powered by the 1847 MC automatic calibre visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The utilisation of non-magnetic nickel phosphorus components, also ensures that the timepiece is well and truly protected from any strong magnetic fields that the wearer may encounter, while going about their daily activities – this is probably also our favourite feature of the timepiece because the sensitivity to magnetic fields and any magnetic elements are something we always have to be mindful of when wearing luxury watches.

Pasha de Cartier skeleton watch

Like some of the other Cartier models, the Pasha also is equipped with the QuickSwitch system allowing the wearer to easily change up their straps and bracelets with just a single push, should they want to match their watch to their outfits (*ahem* yep, speaking about myself here, really but I’m sure many of you do the same too, right? RIGHT?) For bracelet straps, the SmartLink system which has been registered for a patent also allows the wearer to easily shorten or lengthen the strap ny either removing or adding additional metal links to the Pasha without the use of any tools.

The 2020 edition of the Pasha de Cartier has landed in Cartier boutiques globally, and is available in either 35 or 41mm, in steel, yellow gold, pink gold, set with diamonds, and skeleton versions.


Images courtesy of Cartier