In 1847, Louis-François Cartier set up his now-infamous jewellers in the French capital. The elegant pieces produced by Cartier became must-haves amongst royalty and aristocrats across the world, coveted for their neoclassical style and opulent features such a diamonds and platinum. Some forty years after his grandfather founded the company, Louis Cartier designed the brand's first wristwatch for men - the 'Santos' - for aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, who had complained about the inconvenience of the pocket watch whilst flying. Today, Cartier watches are a firm favourite amongst celebrities and royalty, with the Duchess of Cambridge frequently sporting the 'Ballon Bleu de Cartier' model. Although the brand continues to produce new models, vintage Cartier watches - like the 'Tank' model - are highly-sought after on the collector's market. First released in the 1970s, the 'Love' jewellery collection has proven to be one of the most popular lines from Cartier.
As Meghan Markle attends dress fittings, Princess Charlotte starts nursery, and not to mention a few million of us watching a little show called The Crown: 2018 looks set to be a rather royal year. On January 17, Sotheby's will hold their Of Royal and Noble Descent auction in New York, which features a replica set of the British Crown Jewels which were ordered on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. We check out five auctions of some of the most incredible royal jewellery pieces.