Cartier has long established itself as a major player in complicated watchmaking. The luxury French house’s latest offerings presented at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) are a combination of the brand’s expert know-how in high jewellery and watchmaking.
The Trait d’eclat watch demonstrates the harmonious synergy between the many metiers d’art under the Cartier umbrella.
Inspired by a set of 15 exceptional rubies, weighing a total of 24.93ct, the evening watch brings together two iconic Cartier themes – rubies and ribbons.
“Trait d’eclat”, meaning flash of fire in French, refers to the unique colour of the rubies – deep red with a sparkle of reminiscent of diamonds and an orangey-pink hue specific to Mozambique mines. Rendered in white gold, rubies and diamonds, the watch features a manual wound movement – calibre 101.
Also showcasing the house’s artisanal craftsmanship is the Ronde Louis Cartier XLFlamed Gold watch. A new technique called flamed gold is applied to the dial. The flamed gold technique is inspired by the method of bluing watch hands in a flame. The dial is processed with this flamed gold technique to bring to life the exquisite enamelled panther miniature painting. The white gold timepiece features baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel and is available in a limited 30 pieces.
Apart from the house’s famous metiers d’art timepieces, this year’s new SIHH collection also includes a piece that flaunts Cartier’s technical complications in watchmaking.
Running on calibre 9983 MC, the timepiece reveals the gear train of the mysterious movement, which is usually hidden beneath the dial.
Launched in 2016, the Drive de Cartier collection offers minimalistic sophistication.
This year's additions to the collection were recently showcased at the Pitti Uomo, and feature moon phases and a thinner case at 7 mm thick.