Cartier was first founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in 1847. Traditionally Cartier focussed mainly on jewellery, but when a young pioneering pilot Santos Dumont wished to tell the time whilst flying he asked Cartier if they could solve the problem. Cartier obliged and one of the very first wristwatches was born. They have created many watches that are instantly recognisable and become icons in their own right such as the Santos de Cartier and Cartier Tank collection. In recent years Ballon Bleue de Cartier has become yet another iconic collection with its bold styling and instantly recognisable design.