What a gem Sarcar

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 May, 2010, 12:00am

Sarcar has elevated the artistry of marquetry to a higher level with the introduction of the Carrousel Tiger watch featuring a life-like image of the majestic animal on the dial.

Marquetry is inspired by the traditional art of intarsia, which involves the creation of realistic images with mosaics of precious stones laid onto foundations.

The Carrousel Tiger watch has been launched to mark the Year of Tiger with the head of the big cat framed by the diamond-encrusted bezel and lugs. The brand's technical expertise is showcased in the design of three 0.50-carat solitaire rotating diamonds on the dial, which inspires the Carrousel title.

Sarcar has also released a special edition with a mother-of-pearl carved tiger image on the dial.

In several other collections, Sarcar has employed innovative engineering and incorporated the unrestricted whirling and spinning of large round diamonds and rotating components on the dials.

The Fancy Carrousel collection contains timepieces featuring a central pave-set diamond element of the Tai Chi depiction of life. Housed in a 40mm pink-gold bejewelled case, this central motif is surrounded by the rotating hour-markers, made up of 11 diamond-studded Roman numerals and topped with a VVS1 solitaire diamond of 0.50 carat at 12 o'clock.

The total weight of diamonds in each watch is 10 carats. The Fancy Carrousel watches have mechanical self-winding automatic Piguet movements and are juxtaposed with a crocodile leather strap with a gold folding clasp set with diamonds.

A 'floating' one-carat round diamond at 12 o'clock is the focal point of the diamond-encrusted Twist timepiece. The brilliance of this line of watches lies in the technical feat of making the one-carat diamond dance freely in such a way to reveal its perfectly cut facets from all angles.

The white gold case is adorned with the dial pave-set with tiny white diamonds amid stylised foliage motifs of the four elements of life: earth, air, water and fire. The green emerald represents earth and nature; the dancing diamond represents the purity and lightness of air; the blue sapphire symbolises water; and the ruby represents fire.

In another version of the Twist watch, the dial is in mother-of-pearl with a miniature painting depicting a dragon with a diamond eye.

The Solitaire jewellery watch is characterised by its simple design. An original mechanism on the dial has a round one-carat diamond set on a gem set d?cor revolving on an axis above a diamond pave-set dial. The setting of the large round diamond was engineered to let the light shine through each of its expertly cut facets.

Timepieces of the Magic World line are pave-set with diamonds from bezel to dial and right through to the inner bezel, ring and rotor. The dial is an original Sarcar design - with the centrepiece reminiscent of the balance of yin and yang (masculinity and femininity), the rim is adorned with four rotating four-sided d?cors set with step-cut rectangular diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires on each side.

The originality of the piece is that each precious gemstone 'conceals' the other three in the rotating d?cor. As the wrist of the wearer moves around randomly, the d?cors spin and reveal each side set with a different gemstone.