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