Following the reveal of two new “Mystérieux” models that will be presented at the SIHH 2018, Cartier now unveils five limited-edition jewellery watches: Crash Radieuse and Baignoires Débordante, Infinie, Etoilée ou Interdite.
The Libre collection causes us to lose our bearings, invites speculation of our visual interpretation, and reveals a hidden meaning. It is a transformation, a revelation, a form of extravagance that ensures the impact of Libre. An artful distortion of the oval.
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.
The aesthetic that emerges is like no other. It defies categorisation. But the Cartier Watches Greece Replica 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.
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 watch, Yellow gold, manual movement 8970 MC, numbered limited edition of 50 pieces © Cartier
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, white gold, case set with diamonds & black spinels, quartz movement, numbered limited edition of 50 pieces © Cartier
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.
Baignoire Infinie, white gold, case set with diamonds & black spinels, mother-of-pearl, quartz movement, numbered limited edition of 20 pieces © Cartier
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.
>Cartier was aware of how guys, interested in, let us call them, ‘the better watches’, were educated about timepieces, than the normal Cartier client was and these men were also more interested in the quality of the movements. That resulted in 1998 in the launch of this, in the male consumer targeted, ‘Collection Privée, Cartier Paris’ series. A collection of limited edition and limited produced watches, housed in Cartier’s classic cases such as the Santos, Tank, Tortue, but more important, powered by high end mechanical calibers produced by famous watch manufacturers, such as Cartier.Piaget, JLC, Frederique Piguet, Gerald Genta and many others all delivered these quality calibers with this top of the line collection. The excellent finishing of the moves, was done by Cartier and was visible through the trunk, since lots of the versions had a glass to see the movement. A characteristic that has been pretty unusual at that moment. Collection Privée was too limited in amounts to be a true achievement, since lots of the versions were only produced in 100 pieces, although Cartier had finished 200 brand Boutiques at that moment. One would expect my WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) friends in the GTG meetings would be exited about the bits I showed, but that was only partially the case, because another trend had become popular among those guys; ‘in-house moves’. A grail watch needed to have an in-house motion to be the actual thing (bargain).During that the Collection Privée interval, 1998 — 2008, Cartier often faced problems in obtaining all of the parts from their providers and it often happened that a watch was released later than intended, because of the fact that some parts weren’t available in time, to finish the watch.
Baignoire Etoilée, white gold, case and bracelet set with diamonds & black spinels, quartz movement, numbered limited edition of 15 pieces © Cartier
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.
Baignoire Interdite, white gold, paved bezel, ADLC, quartz movement, numbered limited edition of 50 pieces © Cartier