Ca­role Forestier-kas­api

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Born in France into a watch­mak­ing fam­ily, Ca­role Forestier-kas­api started her ca­reer in watch­mak­ing at Con­seil­ray af­ter six years at the École d’hor­logerie at La Chaux-de-fonds in Switzer­land. She spent two years as a move­ment builder, pri­mar­ily in charge of the de­vel­op­ment of Zenith’s Elite cal­i­bre. Forestier-Kas­api then joined Re­naud & Papi, a well-known spe­cial­ity move­ment sup­plier owned by Aude­mars Piguet, where she headed up the tech­ni­cal bureau for more than four years. It was in 1999 that she joined Cartier, on the team re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment of the com­pany’s high-watch­mak­ing move­ments. In 2005, Forestier-kas­api stepped up as the brand’s di­rec­tor of move­ment cre­ation.


Un­der Forestier-kas­api’s su­per­vi­sion, Cartier’s fine watch­mak­ing di­vi­sion has launched more than 30 new move­ments and 50 ref­er­ences since it was es­tab­lished in 2008. In an in­dus­try dom­i­nated by men, Forestier-kas­api has proven to be in a class of her own and is now con­sid­ered a watch­mak­ing lu­mi­nary by her peers. One of the in­dus­try’s most cre­ative mod­ern in­ven­tors, her team is re­spon­si­ble for the brand’s con­cept watches—the ID One and the ID Two, which have pushed the bound­aries of time­keep­ing with func­tions and move­ments pre­vi­ously un­seen.

cre­ative spa­ces From top: The Cartier man­u­fac­ture in La Chaux-de-fonds; sym­bols for move­ment cre­ation at Cartier

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