The iconic watch manufacturing brand Cartier began producing luxury men’s watches in 1904. At most of the brand’s exhibitions, such as “Cartier in Motion” in 2017, the very attractive 43mm Pasha Model was displayed as an example of their original Cartier vintage versions. The first Cartier Pasha watch was manufactured in 1985 by the watch designer Gerald Genta.
The original version came fitted with a fixed Grille that could not be removed. This was intended to protect the delicate crystals in the watch from the inevitable heavy and hard objects that could damage the watch while underwater. Nevertheless, the brand has recently launched the new Cartier Pasha watch with a removable Grille, which serves as a re-model of the original 1985 watch. In this post, we will take a closer look at the Cartier Pasha with Removable Grille watch.
The exotic name of this watch manufacturing brand was taken from Pasha Thami El Ghaoui of Marrakesh, a determined watch collector between 1920-1950 and a loyal customer of the company. The Pasha collection was launched around 1985, where the watch’s signature concept was a square inside a circle and featured a cabochon-capped protector over the model’s crown. After it was discontinued, the Pasha Watch collection was later re-introduced two years ago during the digital edition of Watches & Wonders. The new Cartier Pasha watch featured 35 and 41mm cases with Valfleurier automatic movements that operate at 4Hz and about 48hrs of power reserve. The watch is also designed with a sapphire crystal exhibition window on the rear where you can see the movement.
The Pasha model was the first waterproof watch by the brand Cartier. The watch was originally designed with a protective metal cap placed on the crown firmly secured by an internal rubber seal. Furthermore, taking inspiration from the vintage timepiece designed by Thami El Ghaoui and the 1985’s water-resistant Cartier Pasha model, the new Cartier Pasha with removable Grille is water resistant to 100 meters. There is also a chain linked to its winding crown and perfectly engraved bezel. Like its predecessor, this watch comes with the brand’s signature Vendome style lugs that are interchangeable. While the Cartier Pasha watch collection started as a men’s watch, the brand later decided to create women’s versions. However, another notable feature of this watch is its golden Grille that protects the dial and can be easily removed.
According to Ablogtowatch, below are some of the notable features in the Cartier Pasha with removable Grille watch:
- Case: Removable yellow gold Grille over a dial
- Case dimensions: 41mm diameter x 9.55 thickness
- Crown: Sapphire cabochon attached to a chain
- Dial: silver-stamped scallop pattern with black Arabic numerals at 12, 6, 9, and 3 o’clock mark; blue sword-shaped hour and minute hands
- Movement: caliber 1847 MC automatic Valfleurier manufacture with two-day power reserve; hours, central seconds, date, and minutes functionality
- Frequency: 4Hz (28,800vph)
- Water resistance: 100m
- Strap: blue alligator or dark grey leather strap; interchangeable QuickSwitch system
The Cartier Pasha watch collection is famous for its classy, distinctive dials. The new Cartier Pasha offers much more with a removable Grille. This watch features the brand’s signature “square in circle” concept. A square shape is inside a round shape. Detailing on the dial is also exceptional for this Cartier Pasha watch, adorned with different great textures and color combinations. However, the dial is also fitted with four gold hour markers that help create an appealing visual interest and enhance the uniqueness of the overall dial design.
Moreover, the new Cartier Pasha watch comes with a hand-polished yellow gold dial, and the removable grid placed over the dial helps add more personality and originality to the watch. However, the manufacturing brand says the Grille is removable. Another notable feature of this watch is its protruding sapphire cabochon-tipped crown linked to a chain. However, the removable Grille features the classic Vendome-style bars decorated with rounded Clous de Paris tips that were designed by Louis Cartier back in 1934.
According to Hodinkee, the watch comes fitted with an 18k yellow gold case with a thickness of 9.5mm and a 41mm diameter. The case has a screw-down cap and blue sapphire cabochon crystal that allows for 100 meters of increased water resistance. In addition to the visually appealing case, there is an all-classic Pasha dial in a silver tone. This makes it one of the most elegant and gently texture dials ever from the iconic watch manufacturing brand. The inclusion of a removable Grille with a classic Vendome-style grid helps highlight the watch’s dynamic design.
There is also a thick, well-polished bezel and square railway track placed in the center of the watch’s dial. The case features Cartier’s QuickSwitch system to release the strap easily. The new Cartier Pasha comes with two strap options: a blue and gray-colored alligator strap that wears comfortably on the wrist. However, there have been some varying views on how the brand Cartier Pasha integrated the date into the dial and how the sapphire crystal exhibition window on the watch’s rear sometimes throws off the symmetry.
The Cartier Pasha with Removable Grille watch is has an automatic movement from Richemont’s Valfleurier manufacturer. The caliber 1847 MC replaces the previous ETA calibers and clones with a new entry-level automatic engine. Cartier has also enhanced the anti-magnetic properties. This is the watch’s movement using non-magnetic nickel-phosphorus elements. It also has a magnetic shield made of a paramagnetic component.
The movement of the new Cartier Pasha beats at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800 vph). It also offers about 42 hours of power reserve. It hasn high-end bridges and rotors. Like the original Model, this watch has four large black Arabic numerals. Additionally, it has a date window inclined at an angle between 4 and 5 o’clock. Three gold rectangular markers perfectly highlight these Arabic numerals.
Price and Availability
In comparison to other competing watch manufacturing brands, most Cartier Pasha watches are affordable. According to Cartier, the Cartier Pasha with removable grille watch is sold at an average price of $7,000.