STRONGER THAN EVER

CARTIER

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Reviews -

1. THE PAN­THER STRIKES AGAIN

The mai­son’s peren­nial muse, the pan­ther strides el­e­gantly onto the dial of the Pan­thères et Colibri time-, no, art-piece. A fully be­jew­elled pan­ther rests lan­guidly against the rhodium-fin­ished white gold dial, in a seem­ingly two-di­men­sional dis­play of artis­tic crafts­man­ship. How­ever, it trans­forms into a mixed me­dia pre­sen­ta­tion when the crown is ac­ti­vated, as a baby pan­ther peeks out play­fully un­der his mum’s belly, chas­ing a hum­ming­bird. The bird swiftly takes flight, ris­ing up to dis­play the time­piece’s re­main­ing power re­serve.

2. TWO BE­COME ONE

Cartier com­bines its ex­per­tise in jew­ellery mak­ing and hor­logerie in a se­ries of unique pieces that seem to defy ap­pel­la­tion: call it watch or jew­ellery, we say it’s art in mo­tion. The fierce dragon sits at the top of the hi­er­ar­chy, pro­tect­ing its me­nagerie with grace and vi­tal­ity. Not sim­ply an ex­er­cise in sub­lime jew­ellery crafts­man­ship, the dragon’s body en­cases Cartier’s Mys­tery move­ment, its body gleam­ing with di­a­monds, co­ral, onyx and its head is topped by a 23.77-carat fire opal.

3. SOME­THING FOR THE BOYS

The Drive de Cartier writes a new chap­ter in the mai­son’s story board: it rep­re­sents Cartier’s first col­lec­tion con­ceived solely with men in mind. It is dis­tinctly not uni­sex; and it is avail­able in rose gold and stain­less steel. It’s a hand­some time­piece, bear­ing the el­e­gant de­sign codes that the mai­son is recog­nised for, and yet, it ac­cel­er­ates the brand into brand new ter­ri­tory. It sig­nals the launch of a new shape, a cush­ion case with ta­pered edges that give the im­pres­sion of slim­ness.

4. SUB­LIME ARTISTRY

Since open­ing the doors to its own metiers d’art work­shops in 2014, Cartier has con­stantly pushed the bound­aries of artis­tic ex­pres­sion. The pan­ther is once again the star of the Bal­lon Bleu de Cartier, which com­bines the art of enam­elling with gran­u­la­tion: tiny beads of enamel are fused to­gether to form the head of the pan­ther. This metic­u­lous process takes the ar­ti­san one month to com­plete.

Cartier has launched its most stel­lar line-up of time­pieces yet, demon­strat­ing its artistry in de­sign and in move­ment-mak­ing. We short­list our top launches of the year:

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