Cartier Unveils New Precious And Mysterious Timepieces

Cartier Unveils New Precious And Mysterious Collection Timepieces

Cartier’s pre-Watches & Wonders releases dazzle with diamonds and enchant with a mysterious complication.

By Kristen Shirley

In advance of Watches & Wonders, Cartier releases its new Precious Watches and Fine Watchmaking collections. The Precious Watches collection features five diamond and high-jewelry timepieces, three with the house’s iconic panther motif. The Fine Watchmaking timepieces focus on mysterious watches.

Reptilis Watch – Precious Watches Collection

This chic jewelry watch recalls a reptile’s curving scales, but these scales are rendered in diamonds. The bracelet is composed of chevron-shaped links that are woven together, fully articulating to wrap around the wrist. Each chevron is set with brilliant-cut diamonds, and two bezel-set princess-cut diamonds flank them.

All told, there are 232 brilliant-cut and 70 princess-cut diamonds, totaling 9.81 carats. The watch is just 12.80mm in diameter – and it has a discreet east-west rectangular dial. Powered by a quartz movement, the dial has a brushed silver look and there are four diamond hour markers.

Rosary Watch – Precious Watches Collection

The delicate Rosary watch is a sleek, Art Deco homage to rosary beads. It has a round dial fully set with diamonds, with just a black hour marker at 12 o’clock. At first glance, the hands blend in with the diamonds, so it looks more like a diamond tennis bracelet than a watch, but it is a watch and has a slim quartz movement.

The bracelet links are curved discs fully set with diamonds and topped with a small black square, a nod to Art Deco design. Two diamond-set triangles sit between each of the discs, adding to the geometric design.

Panthère Songeuse – Precious Watches Collection

1914, but the maison’s artisans find new ways to bring it to life with each new timepiece. This year, the three-dimensional Panthère Songeuse – which translates to the pensive panther – is perched atop the dial, deep in thought. It rests its head on its front paws, which languidly drape down the left side of the dial. The panther’s spots are rendered in blue sapphires or black lacquer, and each has emeralds for eyes and an onyx nose.

There are three versions – two jewelry watches with diamonds and one with champlevé enamel. The full-diamond version features sapphire spots and 9.15 carats of diamonds on the bracelet with an additional 4.57 carats on the case, dial, and panther.

For a little less bling, there is a diamond dial model on a black alligator strap. It is similar to the full-diamond iteration, but the leopard has black lacquer spots and has “just” 4.67 carats of diamonds.

Finally, the third model comes with a blue alligator strap, sapphire spots, 2.95 carats of diamonds, and a champlevé enamel case and dial. Only the most skilled artisans can work with champlevé enamel, and Cartier is one of the few brands with in-house artisans who work at the Maison des Métiers d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It takes four days to complete the enamel work on each dial. With the level of work required, it’s no surprise that the enamel watch is limited to 30 pieces.

Each watch features a quartz movement.

Rotonde De Cartier Precious Icons Set – Fine Watchmaking Collection

This special limited edition box set features three mysterious tourbillon timepieces in platinum: Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux, Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Astrotourbillon, and Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Skeleton Double Tourbillon. Cartier has been fascinated by mysterious “floating” movements since the maison first debuted the “Model A” clock in 1912. And this year, the house pairs its famous mysterious movement with skeleton calibers.

The mystery truly comes alive in the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Skeleton Double Tourbillon. The upper half of the dial features Roman numerals acting as bridges. And in the center, there is a flying tourbillon that appears to be completely unsupported by and unconnected to the gear train. The flying tourbillon rotates every 60 seconds, with the tourbillon carriage rotating every five minutes – an optical effect achieved by cutting space inside the moving sapphire discs. Powered by the manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding 9565 MC, this 45mm timepiece comes on a green alligator strap and jade cabochon-set beaded crown.

These watches come in a stunning wood marquetry box featuring six different shades of wood. The background is a blue sunburst pattern, and there is an interlocking motif that recalls the symbol for infinity.

Additionally, the five-piece limited edition Rotonde de Cartier Precious Icons Set also includes 18K white gold cufflinks with interchangeable stone bars that match the color of the cabochon on each watch and a travel pouch. The set is limited to five pieces and the price is available on request.

Prices for the Precious Watches collection models and the Rotonde de Cartier Precious Icons Set are available upon request.

(Images © Cartier)

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