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Cartier Cartier, The Resurrector

Cartier is updating the Pasha Grille, the Tank Chinoise alongside playful jewelry timepieces and a much awaited Haute Horlogerie come back. That's the true breadth of their repertoire

Pasha keeps providing historic returns. The round-shaped watch Cartier had relaunched in 2020 is about to welcome a much expected variation, a throwback to a time when the Pasha Grille had opened up the brand and the model to a new era of sportiness and playfulness. The Grille is back and it's removable, as it should be. This move paves the way for an abundance of mutations.

Cartier, The Resurrector

Cartier Pasha Grille © David Chokron / Worldtempus

The Cartier Privé collection counts a new Cartier recreation in its midst. This year, it's the Tank Chinoise's turn to be updated. Its case is made of two transversal and curved sides are positioned on top of two vertical ones, which is lean and clean. Sun-brushed dials, pared-down outlines, the Tank spirit reigns over this timepiece, until the new departure begins, with black lacquer on the beams, an openworked movement with red and black lacquer inserts, a Chinese temple feel, Cartier Privé is a a place of creativity, not just history, and it is certainly not stuck in the past.

Cartier, The Resurrector

Cartier Privé Tank Chinoise, openwork version - Cartier Privé Tank Chinoise © David Chokron / Worldtempus

The new Coussin de Cartier collection has two faces. One has a cushion-shaped square case with rounded edges, and a spiral gem-setting pattern that covers the entire case and bezel in a whirlwind of colors. The other is tactual, sensual, surprising and gamesome. Cartier inserted a three-dimensional, flexile structure inside a gold mesh case that feels literally soft. That's a hint to the languid design vocabulary of such pieces as the Divan, or the flexibility of shapes of the Crash or Salvador Dali's melting watch.

Cartier, The Resurrector

Coussin de Cartier, diamonds and black spinels - Coussin de Cartier, soft version set with diamonds, sapphires, tourmalines, emeralds and tsavorites © David Chokron / Worldtempus

Masse Mystérieuse is the much awaited come-back of Cartier's Haute Horlogerie, a specialty where new movements and concepts had been all but abandoned of late. In the wake of such historical models as the Rotonde Astromystérieux, this 43.5-mm platinum piece features a movement that fully and freely rotates, like a rotor. It's swinging in there, on its own, seemingly disconnected from everything in a void of transparent sapphire. Very mobile, very silent, very spectacular, it shows that when Cartier means it, they know what creativity in watchmaking looks like.

Cartier, The Resurrector

Cartier Masse Mystérieuse © David Chokron / Worldtempus

 

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Characterised by audacity and inventiveness, Cartier’s watchmaking history reflects a unique state of mind: “jeweller of kings and king of jewellers”. Its renown is bound up in the tradition of excellence to which it is heir. Cartier was a forerunner in the use of platinum in jewellery and one of the pioneers of watchmaking.

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