The Pasha de Cartier, designed by Gérald Genta, was first introduced in 1985.
The first series looked superficially like this more modern Pasha 42, however it was housed in a 38 mm yellow gold case. It featured a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock with no guilloche inside the railroad track at the center of the dial.
Genta did an excellent job because the Pasha enjoyed the same style and charm as all the legendary watches created by Louis Cartier and his brothers more than half a century before. That is also why I was extra excited about the movement Cartier used in the Pasha de Cartier 42.
The Pasha de Cartier 42, introduced in 2005, is powered by Caliber 8000 MC. This movement is a collaboration between Cartier and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
While that might turn some watch connoisseurs off, who are picky about owning a full manufacture movement, for me it was actually a draw to the watch because it pulls the Genta design even more into the era of Louis Cartier himself.
Starting in 1900, Cartier placed substantial orders for watch movements with Edmond Jaeger, who designed them and had the production carried out by LeCoultre.
In 1907 Cartier went even a step further and made a contract with Edmond Jaeger that included an exclusivity clause as well as a guaranteed minimum order amount by Cartier of 250,000 French francs per year – in those days a small fortune.
Cartier continued to have an exclusive relationship with Jaeger until his death in 1922. And even after that its relationship with Jaeger’s company continued until 1933.
So it was entirely fitting that the Pasha 42 was outfitted with a Jaeger-LeCoultre movement; in a historic sense, it was a very sensible thing to do. And to stay completely in line with tradition, the Pasha 42 was fitted with a closed case back just like in the good old days!