facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Best of the Best 2012: Women's Watches: High Jewelry: Cartier Tutti Frutti Secret Watch

James D. Malcolmson

In all likelihood, the wearer will never set or even try to read the time on her Cartier Tutti Frutti Secret Watch (price available upon request), part of the brand’s 16-piece Mille et Une Heures collection. True to the secret-watch genre—which first became fashionable around the turn of the last century and has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years—the actual timepiece is hidden beneath a jeweled construction. In this case, the focal point is a single precious stone: an elaborately carved ruby. Like the rest of the bracelet, the ruby evokes the Indian influence that shaped many of Cartier’s high-jewelry pieces during the Art Deco period. Those designs, dubbed Tutti Frutti, mixed diamonds with emeralds, rubies, and sapphires carved into the forms of flowers and leaves. With this timepiece, Cartier splendidly replicates the historic motif and includes the geometric shapes that defined the era. (800.227.8437, www.cartier.com)

Read Next Article >>
The new Graham Tourbillon Orrery celebrates the 300th anniversary of the Orrery, the tabletop...
The first in a series of three limited editions, the Bugatti Mythe helps celebrate the companies’...
The timepiece includes design elements inspired by the iconic vehicles…
The new wristwatch is the first in the world to include only Fairmined-certified gold…
The new watch features an elegant grand feu enamel dial…
With form to match their function, these new timepieces are both fashion accessories and underwater...
Photo by Tino Hammid
A special exhibition spotlights one of the world’s rarest gems…
The perfect travel companion, the watch can display the time in two separate time zones…
The famed 1925 pocket watch once owned by Henry Graves is the most complicated timepiece ever built...
The new timepieces are equipped with tourbillon movements just 2.97 mm thick…