MATERIALS AND EXPERTISE AS A JEWELLER OF EYEWEAR, CARTIER APPLIES THE SAME PROCEDURES AS WITH ITS JEWELLERY. ITS CRAFTSMAN-LIKE APPROACH PLACES THE MATERIAL AT THE HEART OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS.
Among the most creative materials in eyewear, acetate has been used since the 1920s and offers an unlimited range of shades, colours and patterns. Acetate, a cellulose- based material, is worked at Cartier in the same way as wood, horn or gold. It is barrel-polished and then polished by hand before being manually fitted. Cartier brought it back into favour in 1994 with the creation of innovative frames.
A delicate craft process, lacquering consists of depositing the lacquer by hand with a brush or a syringe into recesses hollowed from the metal. The lacquered piece is then oven-dried for three hours. Once dry, the lacquerer goes on to grind and polish the piece, before diamond-polishing it, until the lacquer is truly levelled. This jewellery skill is used in the production of the panther head in the ĎPanthŤre Wild de Cartierí frame where each of the animalís spots is crafted from black lacquer made flush with the metal.
Among the pioneers in the use of wood in eyewear, Cartier began using this material in 1992. Noble and natural, it requires many skilled interventions such as cutting, polishing, machining and finally varnishing, which gives it a shiny appearance and protects the surface. Each temple consists of thin layers of wood glued and pressed together in a process called lamination used by Cartier to maximise the strength of each frame.
A buffalo horn can measure up to a metre but only a very small part of the horn meets Cartierís criteria in termsof quality and aesthetics. A construction of thin strips layered crosswise ensures quality, resistance to warping and the stability of each frame.
Cartierís precious eyewear has an independent workshop in the Manufacture where work with precious metal is carried out. As a master of jewellery-making, Cartier oversees all the Maisonís jewellery frames.
FOREVER PASSIONATE ABOUT ITS ART, CARTIER TRANSFORMS ITS JEWELLERY EYEWEAR INTO TRUE MASTERPIECES. CARTIERíS JEWELLERY-MAKING EXPERTISE ILLUMINATES THE EYES WITH A PRECIOUS TOUCH OF LUXURY.