On the occasion of SIHH 25th anniversary, Cartier has once again been able to enchant the public by presenting and showcasing in its booth (the biggest at the Salon) spectacular high jewellery watches.
A collection of unique pieces characterized by striking designs, spectacular gem-setting and artisanal techniques, revealing Cartier’s unsurpassed style and craftsmanship.
At the centre of Cartier’s booth, therefore of the stage, was the magnificent Ballon Bleu de Cartier Serti Vibrant , a work of art in terms of gem setting, as the dial is showing a carpet of diamonds set en tremblant, a technique which allows the stones on the dial of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch to shimmer and glow at the minimum movement, as you will see in the captivating video below:
Cartier High Jewellery Watch collection has la Panthère as a prominent protagonist: a intense homage to the Maison’s icon, as 2014 was its 100th anniversary, an undisputed reign which takes the whole alphabet to narrate.
Louis Cartier was a pioneer in taming the legendary creature, who first leapt into the world of Cartier in 1914, and his associate Jeanne Toussaint went on to make magnificent use of the icon. The panther has since inspired bracelets, brooches, earrings, long necklaces and watches in a multi-faceted collection that in turn appears threatening, haughty and lustful.
Brought to life with the highest standards of Fine Watchmaking tradition, the timepieces for the 2015 edition reveal the extensive range of Cartier creativity and expertise. From the Cartier Manufacture at la Chaux-de-Fonds, the Cartier “Poinçon de Genève” Workshops or the Maison des Métiers d’Art, this year’s collection continues the Maison’s legacy of exhibiting excellence and innovation.
The coming together of two domains of exceptional expertise within the Maison Cartier gives life to creative pieces, where stones and precious metals feature alongside the most spectacular of mechanisms. This gives life to the astonishing High Jewellery Panthère Impériale visible hour Watch:
Last but not the least, among all the marvels presented by this fabulous section, here is my favourite, Les Indomptables de Cartier Panther Decor Watch, graciously adorned of a detachable brooch:
Another theme is represented by the “Cartier d’Art” collection, which showcases the rare jewellery-making techniques of enamelling, engraving, and wood and mother-of-pearl marquetry. The spectacular dials and extravagant curves of “Cartier d’Art” timepieces cultivate rare talents and a unique sense of inspiration.
Here is the Cartier d’Art Ronde Louis Cartier XL, a refined example of the revived filigree technique, which we had the pleasure of discovering in a recently published post:
Additional inspiration coming from the “tutti-frutti” style, and a rejuvenated Art Deco stylization complete the design spectrum of this faboulous ensemble.
As final touch, a presence from Cartier’s bestiaire with the Sobek High Jewellery visible hour watch, featuring a (very) sweet crocodile:
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Cartier High Jewellery Watches collection, as presented at the 25th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie: when the highest of high jewellery and high watchmaking unite in marvels.