AT­TEN­TION GRAB­BING

Ev­ery year, thou­sands of creations are launched in Switzer­land at the Salon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie and Basel­world watch fairs. This year is no ex­cep­tion. Many of these new of­fer­ings, while hand­some and wor­thy of in­vest­ment, are tried-and-tes

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - CONTENTS - Text An­nie Dar­ling and Ter­ence Lim

The new watches that caught our eye

THE GATE­KEEPER

In his role as Cartier’s im­age, style and heritage di­rec­tor, Pierre Rainero has got a lot to live up to. “My role is to en­sure that there is a con­sis­tent style across all of Cartier’s prod­ucts. This is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity which I don’t take lightly. Ev­ery de­ci­sion I make, from ap­prov­ing— or dis­ap­prov­ing—a new design to adding nov­el­ties to ex­ist­ing col­lec­tions, is made in the name of keep­ing with the Cartier style.”

Among this year’s new nov­el­ties, Rainero is pleased with one time­piece in par­tic­u­lar. “This year’s San­tos-du­mont is cer­tainly some­thing to be proud of,” he says. “It’s an ex­er­cise of re­straint, el­e­gance and cre­ativ­ity while be­ing faith­ful to the orig­i­nal design.”

And design is what the new San­tos-du­mont is all about.

With steel, two-tone and full 18K rose gold op­tions to choose from, the square case and thin pro­file of the watch (it’s just 7mm thick) mean it looks el­e­gant re­gard­less of ma­te­rial used. The sim­ple dial dis­plays just hours and min­utes in the clas­sic Ro­man nu­meral for­mat, with vis­i­ble screws around the bezel. The San­tos Du­mont is pow­ered by a quartz cal­i­bre but it is one that the Cartier man­u­fac­ture in La Chaux-de-fonds,

Switzer­land, has tin­kered with to re­duce its en­ergy con­sump­tion. Also, when com­bined with a new high-per­for­mance bat­tery, the movement can run for ap­prox­i­mately six years— twice as long as a stan­dard quartz cal­i­bre.

The San­tos-du­mont is not the only nov­elty that Rainero is pleased with. He also takes great pride in the Li­bre and Privé Ton­neau col­lec­tions.

“How we con­ceived the movement based on the shape of the case is a tes­ta­ment to the kind of work we do in watch­mak­ing, where ev­ery­thing is done in the name of aes­thet­ics,” he says of the Privé Ton­neau’s dis­tinc­tive bar­rel-shaped case. The Privé Ton­neau Skele­ton Dual-time watch stands out the most. While the orig­i­nal model is equipped with two in­de­pen­dent move­ments to power two dif­fer­ent time zone dis­plays, the 2019 ver­sion, which still dis­plays two dif­fer­ent time zones, is driven by just a sin­gle movement. The elon­gated case means the wheels of the gear train had to be ar­ranged in a straight line from 12 to 6 o’clock.

“At Cartier, el­e­gance is al­ways the end goal,” Rainero says. “Our main mis­sion is not only to cre­ate beau­ti­ful ob­jects; we also need to ask our­selves: is the piece suf­fi­ciently el­e­gant, or will it make the per­son who wears it look and feel el­e­gant? At the end of the day, that is what is paramount.”

San­tos-du­mont by Cartier

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Cartier Privé Ton­neau Skele­ton Dual-time

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