IN­SPIRED DE­SIGN

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

CARTIER HAS BROUGHT US MANY MEM­O­RABLE SHAPES AND FORMS OVER THE DECADES—THE SAN­TOS, TANK, BAL­LON BLEU, AND CRASH, TO NAME A FEW—WHICH WERE GROUND­BREAK­ING THEN AND ARE CON­SID­ERED TRUE CLAS­SICS TO­DAY. THIS YEAR, CARTIER SET OUT TO RE­PEAT HIS­TORY WITH THE CLÉ DE CARTIER, THE MAI­SON’S NEW­EST SHAPE. AS WITH MOST OF CARTIER’S CRE­ATIONS, THE WORK­ING PRIN­CI­PLE WAS TO CRE­ATE A SHAPE THAT WAS SIM­PLE AND EL­E­GANT BUT ONE WITH STRONG LINES AND A HIGHLY DIS­TINCT AP­PEAR­ANCE. THE CLÉ DE CARTIER IS DIS­TIN­GUISHED FOR ITS TIGHTLY DRAWN CURVE AND ARCHED BUT STREAM­LINED PRO­FILE, WHICH TO­GETHER FORM A SHAPE THAT IS SLEEK AND ER­GONOMIC, MAK­ING THE TIME­PIECE NOT ONLY LOOK LIKE IT’S SIT­TING COM­FORT­ABLY ON THE WRIST, IT AC­TU­ALLY DOES. GIVEN THAT CLÉ IS FRENCH FOR “KEY,” ITS CROWN WAS MADE TO RE­SEM­BLE ONE, WHICH MIM­ICS THE MO­TION OF TURN­ING A KEY TO WIND UP A CLOCK. A COM­PLETELY NEW MOVE­MENT WAS DE­VEL­OPED FOR THE CLÉ, WHICH DE­LIV­ERS A 42-HOUR POWER RE­SERVE; IT FEA­TURES A “RAPID BAR­REL” DE­SIGNED TO IM­PROVE CHRONO­MET­RIC PRE­CI­SION AND STA­BIL­ITY.

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