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Cartier’s sophisticated timepieces are the ultimate finishing touches for elegant style

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Yes, those carefree summer days are behind us now, and we’re getting back to business. No fall wardrobe would be complete without a chic timepiece, and Cartier has come to the rescue with four iconic collections to choose from. The French house’s legendary Panthère, Tank, Ballon Bleu and Baignoire watches are some of its most distinctive designs, and are now permanently available on NET-A-PORTER.

The Panthère is one Cartier’s most storied timepieces. First launched in 1983, it was named after its supple articulated link bracelet which imitates the movement of a panther as it slinks through the jungle; the big cat has been a muse of the maison since 1914. Hand-crafted by artisans in Switzerland, this piece’s curved links sit comfortably on the wrist, making it the perfect watch for daytime. Aesthetically, it feels more like a piece of jewelry that just so happens to tell the time – particularly the 18-karat pink gold version, which is beautifully encrusted with 4.17 carats of glistening diamonds – so style it with other bracelets and bangles in matching colors.

The Tank is every fashion-insider's favorite, thanks to its unusual but elegant squared face. Dating back to 1917, it has been worn by the world’s most stylish and influential women, from first ladies Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Michelle Obama to Princess Diana. Now over a century old, this exquisite timepiece remains one the most iconic watches in the world. Coming in a number of chic variations – including the Américaine and the Louis – the Tank is the ultimate investment piece.

The pretty Ballon Bleu gets its name from the twinkling sapphire nestled by its face. With classic Roman numerals and matching blue hands, it’s a sophisticated watch that will complete day and evening looks. Finally, the Baignoire is an ultra-feminine piece that dates back to 1912 and is defined by its design purity, with a neatly oblong silhouette that sits daintily on the wrist.

Of course, what you wear with your watch is just as important as when you wear it. Take your cues from the Cartier house codes and channel a modern, casual-chic, gamine effect. Seek out preppy tweed blazers, clean-lined tailoring and fine knits. Or play up the masculine-feminine feel by contrasting oversized sweaters with miniskirts. Whatever your approach, one thing is guaranteed: an elegant sign-off courtesy of your Cartier timepiece.