Forever Fashionable: Cartier Unveils Its 2020 Novelties
Understated elegance has defined the Cartier Maison since its inception, every year, the brand stays true to its heritage by inventing gorgeous timepieces with a dash of fashion and a touch of jewelry. Now, let's shine a spotlight on Cartier's 2020 novelties.
If there is a brand that listens to today’s fashion trends, it’s Cartier. The jeweler of royalty since their beginning in Paris in 1847, Cartier is a staple that is synonymous with luxury. For this year's first digital Watches & Wonders, Cartier didn’t disappoint, and we can’t wait to experience these watches in the metal.
Maillon de Cartier Watch: Elegance with a Twist
This is probably my favorite watch of Cartier's 2020 releases. The Maillon de Cartier is the epitome of elegance, style, and fashion and would be a perfect addition to any woman’s wrist. What sets this timepiece apart is the bracelet made of intertwined maillons (French for links), playing beautifully with perspective in an almost mesmerizing way.
The watch itself has a 16mm x 17mm hexagonal dial and is powered by a quartz movement, which is to be expected from a jewelry-focused watch. This time, I might choose looks over mechanics because this timepiece is an absolute jewel and a strong fashion statement. Honestly, I cannot wait to be able to see the timepiece in the metal.
The price starts at $25,100 for the yellow gold version without diamonds. But the timepiece is also available in different metals with more or fewer stones, depending on the amount of sparkle you want to flash.
“We wanted to deconstruct the bracelet and transcend its design through a volume approach. Emotion is in the movement and tension,” said Marie-Laure Cérède, Cartier's Timepieces Creation Director.
Pasha de Cartier: A Square Within a Circle
One of the best news to come out of this year’s Watches & Wonders is the relaunch of an icon from the 1980s: The Pasha de Cartier. With this relaunch, a new chapter in the Pasha story begins, keeping the design codes intact yet still improving the timepiece and adapting it for today’s most demanding clientele.
The new Pasha de Cartier now has a quick interchange strap system and can be personalized with a customized engraving. One of my favorite things about the new Pasha is the sapphire case back (a first for the Pasha collection), allowing the wearer to admire its Swiss mechanical heart. The in-house, 1847 MC automatic calibre movement is also said to be anti-magnetic.
Another added feature is hidden beneath the iconic screw-down chained crown cover. Carefully concealed under the link of the crown, you can find a personalized engraving of your initials. The Pasha de Cartier collection starts at $5,700 for the steel version.
Cartier Privé Tank Asymétrique: The Diamond
Every year, Cartier digs into its archives to give life back to one of their historical timepieces. Back in 1936, the Cartier Tank Asymétrique, also known as the Losange (which is the French word for a diamond-shaped rhombus known in geometry as a lozenge), made waves in a world where watches were supposed to be round. The dial was shifted 30 degrees to the right to simplify the reading of time, thus transforming the original Tank rectangle into a diamond shape.
In doing so, Cartier broke entirely with tradition and made the industry ask itself, “Is the way we have been doing it until now, the right way?”
For this revival, Cartier powered the Tank Asymétrique with the manual winding calibre 1917 MC. The Arabic numerals have been elongated, making the watch even more elegant and modern.
The timepiece will be available in standard and open-worked versions, like all the other Cartier Privé revivals. The Cartier Privé Tank Asymétrique starts at $26,400 for the gold standard versions and $30,100 for the platinum. Each will be limited to 100 pieces.
Santos de Cartier: An Homage to Aviation
Created as an homage to Brazilian inventor and aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, Cartier is deepening their connection to him with the newest Santos creations.
There are three limited edition models: the Santos-Dumont "Le Brésil," the Santos-Dumont "La Baladeuse," and the Santos-Dumont "Le 14 Bis."
Limited to 100 pieces, "Le Brésil" has a platinum case, ruby cabochon crown, and gray alligator leather strap and is priced at $18,700.
Limited to 300 pieces, "La Baladeuse" has an 18K yellow gold case, sapphire cabochon crown, and green alligator leather strap and is priced at $14,300.
Finally, limited to 500 pieces, "Le 14 Bis" has a steel and 18K yellow gold case, blue synthetic spinel cabochon crown, and gray alligator leather strap and is priced at $7,250.
On the non-limited edition side of the Santos de Cartier collection, the brand released three new models in a bigger and thinner size, now with a manual-wound movement. It’s a welcome change from last year’s releases that were exclusively quartz, and therefore, not as appealing to us watch enthusiasts. The new Cartier Santos will be priced $5,850 for the steel, $8,100 on the two-tone steel and gold, and $15,600 for the rose gold version.
(Images provided by Cartier)