Cartier pulled out all the stops at Salon International d’la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva with its unveilings of the Cartier Crash Skeleton and the Louis Cartier Rotonde XL watches. While these timepieces won’t make their way to the market until later this year, Bellusso Jewelers brings you a closer look:
Cartier Crash Skeleton.
The new Crash Skeleton features the famed Crash case that made its debut in 1967 and was inspired by Salvador Dalí's The Persistence of Memory. The new version, crafted in platinum, houses the existing caliber MC 9618 skeletonized movement that had to be completely modified to fit within the Crash shape. The result is a beautiful rendition of gears, wheels, and finishing that captures attention and challenges the imagination.
The other impressive timepiece is an artistic one. Cartier has brought us mosaic tile dials, dials made of rose petals, wood and straw marquetry dials, and now? Filigree dials with the beloved panther motif.
Louis Cartier Rotonde XL Panther Filigree.
The Louis Cartier Rotonde XL watch with mother and baby panthers on the dial is created using the ancient art of filigree—where gold or silver wires are soldered together in order to create an openwork, lace-like design with a desired motif.
To accomplish the design, Cartier's master craftsmen at the Maison des Métiers d’Arts work with beaten gold and platinum micro-wires that are twisted, rolled, curled, and cut into little rings. They are then assembled using the openwork filigree technique that allows the elements to be attached on the sides but not to the base. Each watch takes more than a month to bring to fruition.
The pair of panthers features black lacquer-spotted coats woven from fine filigree of gold and platinum. They're set with diamonds and feature made-to-measure emerald eyes. A manual-wind mechanical movement powers the yellow gold 42mm watch. Just 20 numbered pieces will ever be made.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAZIZ HAMANI/CARTIER (CRASH SKELETON); NILS HERMANN/CARTIER (ROTONDE XL)
View an extensive collection of Cartier timepieces at Bellusso Jewelers at The Palazzo Hotel, Resort & Casino (702-650-2617).
This romantic, terrace-styled row of boutiques is located on the casino floor between the Venetian’s restaurant row and the Palazzo’s grand casino. Sophisticated, elegant, and strikingly opulent, Bellusso Jewelers boasts a stunning array of jewelry and timepieces from some of the most celebrated brands in the world.