ATEN HIGH JEWELLERY SECRET WATCH
What do we see in this mysterious stone? The sky or the unfathomable abyss of the ocean? Cartierís most enchanting stories often begin with a particular stone. This one is a 51.13-carat opal, a silky cabochon shot through with fl ashes of blue-green. Cartier crowns this mysterious and fascinating stone with a corolla of diamonds to transform it into a secret watch.
The shape is reminiscent of crescent kokoshniks, the traditional Russian headdresses whose potential Cartier began exploring in sparkling jewellery back in 1900.
The cuff bracelet, made up entirely of invisibly jointed links, hugs the wrist like a ribbon. The fruit of 1,000 hours devoted to setting 470 brilliant-cut diamonds and 50 baguette-cut diamonds, it boasts a skilfully hidden slide to reveal its rich hours.
It is the art of the secret, Cartier style: unveiling the miniature dial of this watch between Earth and Sky, precisely where it is least expected.
Watch in rhodium-finish 18-carat white gold.
One oval-shaped opal of 51.13 carats. Diamonds. Quartz movement. Unique piece.
*Aten was an Ancient Egyptian god represented in the form of the solar disc.
PANTH»RE IMP…RIALE HIGH JEWELLERY WATCH
The panther: undeniably Cartier. The feline has been a legend, an icon, ever since its fi rst appearance: Cartierís incarnation of Woman. The image appears repeatedly, ever-changing, unpredictable, and its power of attraction is overwhelming.
Here, Cartier has brought it to life in a two-dimensional cuff watch, and has achieved the unique feat of suggesting solidity through the perfection of its diamond paving. A virtuoso composition of hollows and openwork on a yellowgold band, paved with 907 brilliant-cut diamonds and 223 fragments of onyx, creates an animal presence as magnetic as it is captivating.
Cutting the onyx alone took 600 hours of work, about two to three hours without interruption for each element, carried out on the piece. Light yellow, light orange, orange, deep orange and brown: these are the fi ve colours of diamond that make up the palette of Cartierís best artisans. As pointillist jewellers, these highly skilled workers devoted nearly 1,800 hours to the creation of this design, a likeness almost more perfect than the real thing.
A work of patience and dedication revealing a minutely small timepiece on the clip containing the smallest of watch movements.
Watch in 18-carat yellow gold. Light orange, orange, light yellow, and brown diamonds,
diamonds. Onyx motifs. Manual winding mechanical movement. Unique piece.