The dragon mo­tif it­self can be ad­mired through sap­phire crys­tal, and echoes the man­u­fac­ture’s savoir- faire and its abil­ity to com­bine high jew­elry tech­niques with so­phis­ti­cated watch­mak­ing.

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - COVER STORY -

A Dragon’s Tale

Cartier’s rich and di­verse past has proved a ver­i­ta­ble trea­sure trove for watch and jew­elry afi­ciona­dos alike and while some tri­umphs have been cel­e­brated the world over, oth­ers, though no less glo­ri­ous, were more dis­creet. Cer­tain mod­els have en­joyed almost a cen­tury in the spot­light, and oth­ers have en­joyed more re­cent fame. Per­haps the finest ex­am­ple of the lat­ter is the Pasha, which, as op­posed to the Tank is a rel­a­tively new ad­di­tion to the Cartier fam­ily. The con­cept of a round wrist­watch was in­deed, at one point, novel and only in­tro­duced into the Cartier col­lec­tion in 1943, dur­ing which time the in­spi­ra­tion for the leg­endary Pasha se­ries was born; a true turn­ing point for a man­u­fac­ture that up un­til then fa­vored clean geo­met­ric shapes and demon­strated rec­ti­lin­ear re­straint. It oozed so­phis­ti­ca­tion and strength through its unique con­struc­tion, fea­tur­ing a round, wa­ter-resistant case with a screw-down crown cap at­tached by a tiny chain, sword-shaped hands and four large Ara­bic nu­mer­als. As with many army watches, it was orig­i­nally adorned with a criss­cross grid to pro­tect the glass from im­pact dam­age. Dur­ing the mid 20th cen­tury, the Pasha en­tered into a stage of rel­a­tive ob­scu­rity due to other more prom­i­nent mod­els that be­gan to cast a shadow over it. Once con­sid­ered a res­o­lutely mas­cu­line de­sign, it found its way back when it ex­pe­ri­enced a dras­tic resur­gence in the 1980s dur­ing which time it was adopted by women who deemed it the fash­ion­able ac­ces­sory du jour. Fol­low­ing an al­ready stel­lar line- up of skele­tonized Pashas, in­clud­ing the Pan­ther Skele­ton and more re­cently, the Fly­ing Tour­bil­lon Skele­ton, we see this model un­dergo yet another trans­for­ma­tion, one which epit­o­mizes the out­stand­ing cre­ativ­ity Cartier vaunts through its man­u­fac­ture me­chan­i­cal move­ment skele­tonized in the out­line of a dragon. The Pasha de Cartier 42mm Skele­ton Dragon Mo­tif watch presents it­self with the clas­sic Pasha aes­thet­ics – a ser­rated screw- down wind­ing crown stud­ded with a sin­gle

bril­liant cut and gun screw at­tach­ments with an in­dented bracelet. The dragon, a sym­bol of power and good for­tune, is re­garded one of the most pow­er­ful and prom­i­nent fig­ures within Chi­nese mythol­ogy and has re­mained a fre­quent fa­vorite amongst Cartier’s trea­sured le­gion of fan­tasy crea­tures since it formed ties with China in 1888. The dragon mo­tif it­self can be ad­mired through sap­phire crys­tal, and echoes the man­u­fac­ture’s savoir-faire and its abil­ity to com­bine high jew­elry tech­niques with so­phis­ti­cated watch­mak­ing. The skele­tonized bridges of the move­ment are formed into the out­line of the dragon and are set with bril­liant cut di­a­monds and one sin­gle mar­quise-cut tsa­vorite to rep­re­sent its eye. The di­a­mond-shaped blued steel hands sweep past the dragon’s flank el­e­gantly while its 9617 MC cal­iber peeks from be­hind, pro­vid­ing the watch with ap­prox­i­mately three days of power. One of Cartier’s bet­ter-kept se­crets over the years is its for­mula for their white gold, giv­ing it its abil­ity to re­tain its lus­ter, which is en­hanced by the many bril­liant-cut di­a­monds to adorn the bezel. The di­a­mond theme con­tin­ues down the bracelets of two of the three ver­sions; one with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds and the other, with baguette-cut di­a­monds. The third and fi­nal ver­sion comes with a strik­ing black al­li­ga­tor leather strap and a match­ing dou­ble ad­justable fold­ing buckle. Skele­ton watches form merely a piece of the puz­zle within the di­verse world of Cartier Fine Watch­mak­ing and are au­da­cious ex­am­ples of how this man­u­fac­ture so deftly per­forms at the up­per ech­e­lons of mod­ern day watch­mak­ing while pay­ing homage that is both be­fit­ting and hon­or­able of its past. As of now, the mai­son’s con­tin­u­ous pur­suit to reach the pin­na­cle of high watch­mak­ing shows no signs of abat­ing and it has daringly thrown down the gaunt­let yet again with th­ese lat­est of­fer­ings. If th­ese tech­ni­cal and crafts­man­ship abil­i­ties are any­thing to go by, we are cer­tainly ea­ger to see what Cartier will have up its sleeve next.

THIS SPREAD The Pasha de Cartier 42mm Skele­ton

Dragon Mo­tif com­bines Cartier’s ex­per­tise com­bin­ing high jew­elry with tech­ni­cal watch­mak­ing and here, Say­ora

pairs it with an Es­cada jump­suit

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