Cartier Taps the Ancient

  • Photo by Vincent Wulveryck@Cartier
    Photo by Vincent Wulveryck@Cartier
  • Photo by Vincent Wulveryck@Cartier
    Photo by Vincent Wulveryck@Cartier
  • Photo by Vincent Wulveryck@Cartier
  • Photo by Vincent Wulveryck@Cartier

While watch companies frequently trumpet the heritage of their artisanal techniques, Cartier may have outdone them all by releasing a watch decorated in a technique with 5,000-year-old origins. The latest Rotonde de Cartier 42 mm sports the brand’s familiar panther motif in gold granulation. This technique in which gold beads are fused together to create patterns is traced as far back as ancient Egypt, but it was perfected by the Italian Peninsula’s Etruscans prior to the rise of Rome. Cartier’s adaption of the style creates a striking relief of the animal that will appeal to those with modern tastes as well as the historically minded. (800.227.8437, www.cartier.com)

From Around the Web...
This video offers an inside look at the special evening and the limited-edition wristwatch…
Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
The Italian house’s new snake-inspired Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumiere has arrived…
Only 28 of the alluring rose-gold-and-platinum timepieces will be made…
Photography by Lisa Charles Watson, styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
With six-figure competitors, the new Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire is a game-changing steal…
The retail watch industry may be dipping, but the auction market is reaching new highs…
The latest edition of the famed dive watch pays tribute to the brand’s dedication to oceanography…
The brand’s military heritage is referenced with untreated leather straps and a worn-looking dial…
The auction house is offering a selection of Nautilus watches in celebration of the model’s 40th...
Unlike traditional minute repeaters, this watch emits sound that has been designed at the computer…
From Jaeger-LeCoultre to Zenith, some of the Swiss industry’s biggest players celebrated in 2016…