ÉPURE & EXCÈS
(exuberant & bold, simple & sharp)
In the 2018 Edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Cartier breathes new life into emblematic shapes: BAIGNOIRE, SANTOS DE CARTIER AND PANTHÈRE.
Pure lines and assessed style: Cartier strikes the perfect balance between refinement and excess, the fine line inherent to every timepiece of character.
Excess disciplined by refinement; refinement adorned with excess. This alternating dynamic is the creative concept of the Cartier stand, an experiential installation that combines visual effects with a minimalist backdrop.
The conceptual layout serves to illustrate the contrast at play. Twin display cabinets are classified into three themes: creativity, femininity and masculinity. The tone is graphic, contemporary.
The Maison’s watchmaking manifesto is to stay true to Cartier’s founding values: femininity and masculine elegance.
CREATIVITY: JEWELLERY WATCHES AND ARTISTIC CRAFTS
Cartier Libre collection: feminine shaped watches with a twist
Feminine watchmaking makes a statement with the Cartier Libre collection. The oval shape takes creative liberties in these exceptional timepieces issued in a limited edition numbered series.
Twists on the Baignoire and Crash, these exclusive jewellery watches shake up the Cartier repertoire with extravagant design, precious materials and colour contrasts.
Révélation watch: technical innovation brings the Panthère to life
The Ronde Louis Cartier watch features the head of a panther composed of gold beads, which appears and disappears at a flick of the wrist thanks to an exclusive multi-patented technique.
The ever-changing panther is eclipsed and once again revealed, luminous against the black background of the case.
A magical revelation in the tradition of ‘hide and seek’ by Cartier.
Femininity: The lavish excess of the Panthère watch bracelet
For 2018 the Panthère de Cartier watch adopts a generous range of feminine looks. The bracelet, available in a double or triple loop, glints with lusty sensuality. Chain links in yellow gold, pink gold or white gold coil around the wrist.
Its flowing forms are supple on the skin. This iconic watch is also available in variations paved with diamonds, in dazzling homage to the style of this 1980s classic.
Masculinity: The new Santos de Cartier watch, a modern-day legend
The Santos de Cartier watch, created in 1904 for the aviator Santos-Dumont, is part of the stylistic heritage of the Maison. In keeping with the spirit of its age, the watch has evolved with the passing decades, and the interchangeable straps in the latest version are the next logical chapter in its history.
The design studios have updated the timepiece focusing on comfortable wear with respect for the Santos aesthetic. From the square shape to the eight bezel screws, the integrity of this vehicle for elegance is thus preserved. The design of the bezel has been updated to favour the synergy between the lines of the case and the straps. These sleeker lines accentuate the stylistic dynamic of the watch. The watch is designed for a perfect fit on the wrist and has been precisely weighted, measured to optimise comfort and ergonomics.
The new Santos de Cartier watch features an innovative strap in keeping with the spirit of our time. Available in steel, gold, calf or alligator skin, all versions are interchangeable thanks to the Cartier QuickSwitch system (patent pending) whose invisible mechanism blends into the structure of the case. Another cutting-edge feature is the SmartLink self-fitting technology (patent pending) which adjusts the length of the metal bracelet to the nearest link without the use of a tool.
Cartier fine watchmaking: Excellence in craftsmanship at the service of Cartier style
This year Cartier honours the historic movement in two new watchmaking interpretations: a Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon, and for the very first time, a Mysterious Day & Night movement.
The Santos Skeleton watch introduces solid gold and solid steel bracelets with self-fitting links for the first time in Cartier Fine Watchmaking.
– The mysterious movement and skeleton movement come together in the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Double Tourbillon watch.
– The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night watch with retrograde minutes introduces a day/night complication to the mysterious movement.
– The Santos de Cartier watch lends its new ergonomic design to the iconic skeleton movement patented by Cartier.
These stylish timepieces are imbued with the excellence of Cartier watchmaking craftsmanship.
CARTIER HIGH JEWELLERYTIMEPIECES
PANTHÈRE HYPNOSE PENDANT WATCH
The power of hypnosis, effects of depth, and the magic of a movement that floats in mid-air: master watchmakers and jewellers venture into unknown territory, therein discovering new constraints.
From the front the Cartier signature skeleton movement emerges in the form of a panther’s head. Around it, waves ripple outwards in a mesmerising pattern, washing over superposed crystals measuring a mere 0.6 mm in thickness, and edged in diamonds. The waves create a cascade of transparent layers that produces a captivating effect of depth. The panther’s emerald eyes gleam in contrast to the diamond paving and the openwork, rendering her gaze all the more salient.
The complex geometry of the diamond-paved structures called for an exceptional mastery of skill in manufacturing, cutting out and assembling the sapphire crystals and the one that houses the mechanism. The iconic Cartier panther emerges majestic amidst this hollowed-out architecture.
Cartier Precious Timepieces
Cartier Metier d’Art
Ronde Louis Cartier watch with wood and gold leaf marquetry
This year the Ronde Louis Cartier watch inaugurates a technique never before seen in Cartier watchmaking: wood and gold leaf marquetry. The piece is produced by the marquetry artist at the Maison des Métiers d’Art in La-Chaux-de-Fonds.