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