French luxury maison Cartier presents at this year’s edition of SIHH Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva (21-25 January) the Heures Fabuleuses de Cartier a collection of spectacular jewellery watches featuring 41 pieces, including 23 unique editions. These watches are uniquely two of a kind – a jewellery performance when a diamond snake slips off the face to glide over a lapel as a brooch with mystery hiding behind this tortoise-shell studded with diamond scales.
TIME IS ELUSIVE…Playing on an apparition, miracles of jewellery, Cartier pictures a metamorphosis of time, watches that can play any role, now a brooch, now a pendant, now a watch – or all three at a time. Tripling their functions for a fantastically playful bestiary, a snake, a frog, an elephant, the elusive heroes of a watchmaking fable where time is the jewel in the crown.
THIS IS NOT A WATCH… It is a volatile peacock, whose flight releases it from its mother-of-pearl marquetry face. A bejewelled brooch set with brilliant-cut diamonds on a ruby flower framed by nephrite jade leaves.
TIME IS UNPREDICTABLE…The secret is in the art, the art is in the secret, beautiful both inside and out, the surprise hidden within. Time concealed by the splendour of a morganite, a bird’s plumage, a nest of diamonds, poetic variations around a now unpredictable time, around which Cartier cultivates all the mystery. The hours appear or disappear on a whim or a fancy, precious hours whose jewelled refinements vie with creative imagination.
TIME TO SEE, TIME TO HIDE…A tortoise plays with the hours that it guards. A sentinel on which a morganite is set, a gemstone shell that can open to reveal an oval silver watch dial. Is it a jewel? Is it a watch? Where is time hiding? It is true Cartier tradition to dream up watches that keep secrets, like this tortoise whose rounded shell, a veritable sculpture of diamonds, opens onto the surprise of dissimulated time.
TIME IS SPECIAL…When hours become fanciful, defy time, enjoy the sheer beauty of a gesture, a movement, the freedom of the most precious watches that boldly adopt creative forms in an irresistible bestiary. High jewellery timepieces enchanted with spectacular stones, such as oversized beryl, oscillating movements, and bracelets that glitter with diamonds.
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