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“Cartier Libre” at SIHH 2018
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“Cartier Libre” at SIHH 2018

Tuesday, 05 December 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
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The Cartier Libre collection was born of a desire to play with the Maison’s signature watch shapes. They are stretched, shrunk and transformed into objects of fantasy with unbridled creative licence. Cartier Libre appeals to the Collectionneuse, the figure of the watchmaking collector.

Hitherto unseen shapes echo the Baignoire and Crash watches. Their proportions are disrupted, volumes accentuated and lines lengthened. Seeking to disrupt the Cartier repertoire, these are adventures in extravagance where precious materials and contrasting colours are breathtakingly feminine and minimalist in design.

The aesthetic that emerges is like no other. It defies categorisation. The Cartier codes are present; whether visible or perceptible only to the eye of the connoisseur, they are the ultimate guarantee of authenticity. The result is radical, brazen, paradoxical: the tension between refinement and excess. Five limited-edition individually numbered jewellery watches meet a single definition: the immediately recognisable Cartier signature.

Baignoire Débordante

Master the solid as much as the hollow to craft an artful architecture. Pierce with openwork a ring of open petals around a watch and sprinkle generously with precious and fine stones. Fear not the scale of the volumes, nor the sparkle of the gems. Do not hold back; simply savour and celebrate the passing of the hours.

Baignoire Débordante © Cartier
Baignoire Débordante © Cartier
Baignoire Infinie

Take the Baignoire Allongée watch and discard all but the curves. Stretch out the case, zoom in on the centre and invite the gaze into the hour circle. Dice with disequilibrium, and yield to the dizzying, shimmering sight of a dial paved with baguette-cut diamonds, white mother-of-pearl, Tahitian mother-of-pearl, and black spinels. The gems produce a sparkling spectacle played out over three crowns, a ring of diamonds encircling the absolute of a minuscule black dial. Shaped jewellery that flaunts the proportions of an extrovert.

Baignoire Infinie © Cartier
Baignoire Infinie © Cartier
Baignoire Étoilée

A crystalline cascade of glittering diamonds and black spinels. Suspended, the light undulates across the skin. Black melts into white as contrasting colours cast illusions around a minuscule dial set with a double row of stones.

Baignoire Étoilée © Cartier
Baignoire Étoilée © Cartier
Baignoire Interdite

To disorient the eye, turn the oval dial of the Baignoire watch crosswise on the wrist. The gaze flickers between the top, where oversize Roman numerals wrap the case in strips coated in glossy black ADLC, and the bottom, where the diamond- ringed dial alternately emerges and hides. The incontrovertible elegance of a classic aesthetic in love with freedom.

Baignoire Interdite © Cartier
Baignoire Interdite © Cartier
Crash Radieuse

Crash the Crash watch. Take it to the next level. Crumple the crushed dial with gadroons, stretch the outsize Roman numerals to the point of hallucination, and carve the shockwave right in the centre of the dial. Feminine and beyond categorisation, the Crash watch appears in a version even more extreme than itself. The original accident is revealed as a feat of artistic value, elegance and affirmation.

Crash Radieuse © Cartier
Crash Radieuse © Cartier
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