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The Baignoire

Revealing beauty in all its guises: that is an enduring concept at Cartier, a filter through which all creation is viewed and an idea which gave rise to the Baignoire. It all began with an unprecedented step taken to reveal the creative power of watchmaking design hidden in ordinary forms. Cartier took this inspiration quite literally by initially designing an oval case in the 1910s that would later be transcended by several years of formal research. Transforming objects and embracing beauty are two key components of Cartier’s stylistic vocabulary and here this combined approach resulted in the birth of the Baignoire watch.

The Baignoire

The evocatively named Baignoire is a cult Cartier object. The story began in 1912, when Louis Cartier took the traditional
round watch shape and elongated it.

His stylistic research culminated in two straight, parallel lines joined by two curves, which formed the shape of a bathtub (baignoire in French) – hence its name.

The Baignoire

The aesthetics would continue to evolve until eventually adopting its familiar slightly curved oval shape in the late 1950s, its dial stamped with Roman or Arabic numerals bordered by gold gadroons. This constituted the first stage of a creative process. Entirely reworked by Cartier’s design studio, today the Baignoire watch asserts its own essence. Its exacting finishes strike a balance between pure design and linear sophistication, paying homage to the cult 1958 model. Its design remains unchanged, yet the piece itself has evolved to offer a narrower bracelet and redesigned Roman numerals on a silvered sand-blasted background. The case back is seamlessly integrated into the case with water resistance up to 30 m offering full conformance with modern quality standards.

The Baignoire

The Baignoire watch continues this aesthetic heritage by revealing a more dazzling presence than ever before as a graphic and sensual yellow-gold oval that adorns the wrist. On the white-gold version, the staggered diamond setting continues along the width of the gadroons to reach the case back. Although invisible, it represents the greatest refinement.

 

 

The Baignoire watch is a signature watch for women who have their sights set high, who forsake trends and fashions and choose this piece for its timeless French chic.

It speaks to cultured women blessed with great taste such as Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider and Jeanne Moreau – women who are only concerned with freedom and wit, in beautiful objects and life in general.

MAGNITUDE

IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.

AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.

ZEMIA

Blue and purple sapphire, garnets and diamonds compose the material-landscape of the bracelet. At its centre is a 77.27-carat matrix opal. The evocative power of this fascinating gem sets the tone for the whole creation, from the choice of materials to the choice of colours. Rocky brown, aquatic and icy blues and flashes of purple make for harmonies of earthy colours with a hint of electricity.

Fused together in the central stone, the tones diffuse across the bracelet. Adding to the potent colours and contrasts is the evocative power of the cuts: round, faceted, fleshy briolettes; the glittering frosty bite of the geometric motifs in diamonds. This mobile, animated piece is an impressive feat of jewellery – a world worn preciously upon the wrist.

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SORELI

Cartier has chosen to place a cabochon-cut rutilated quartz laden with inclusions at the centre of this secret watch. Selected for its intense radiance, honeyed tones and cabochon curve, the translucent stone is flanked by kite-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds. Traversed with strands of light, the stone gleams with life that sparkles over rows of diamonds across the cuff.

The generous sun-drenched, organic material of the stone contrasts with the order of complex graphic motifs composed of diamonds – an allusion to white bracelets in the Art Deco style. At the touch of a tiny button the cover opens halfway; it is then lifted up to reveal the watch dial. This two-phase mechanism – a detail for connoisseurs – is one of the signatures of the Maison. Tense, rhythmic and dynamic: the concentrated brilliance of the gem illuminates the entire composition.

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MAGNITUDE

IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.

AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.

YUMA

In this necklace, Cartier captures the variations of the sun in a palette of diamonds ranging from golden yellow to brown. The large number of cuts, rich colours of the stones and shimmering tones all amplify the dazzling effect. The graphic lines of the design accentuate the radiant effect of this solar necklace. Crafted with subtle refinement, the piece is articulated to create additional fluidity and mobility. A powerful creative vision has inspired this incontrovertible demonstration of High Jewellery expertise.

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MAGNITUDE

IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.

AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.

ÉQUINOXE

Within a nebula of yellow, orange and white diamonds, orange-toned yellow sapphire and lapis lazuli, an entire universe by Cartier unfurls. Pure blue and harmonies of yellow are arranged in stark bursts of colour around the central sapphire whose sparkle illuminates the whole piece. This stone is the sun. With a striking intensity of colour and octagonal shape, it is the radiant light source to a mesh of coloured diamonds that is fully articulated and supple.

The yellow, orange and white diamonds meanwhile are the stars in this entirely openwork lacy constellation that twinkles upon the skin. In this creation Cartier brings together a rare ensemble of lapis lazuli beads whose homogeneous substance is troubled, yet enhanced, by sprinklings of pyrite dust. Lapis lazuli, of course, is the deep blue of space and the starry night sky.

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MAGNITUDE

IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.

AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.

ÉQUINOXE

Within a nebula of yellow, orange and white diamonds, orange-toned yellow sapphire and lapis lazuli, an entire universe by Cartier unfurls. Pure blue and harmonies of yellow are arranged in stark bursts of colour around the central sapphire whose sparkle illuminates the whole piece.

This stone is the sun. With a striking intensity of colour and octagonal shape, it is the radiant light source to a mesh of coloured diamonds that is fully articulated and supple. The yellow, orange and white diamonds meanwhile are the stars in this entirely openwork lacy constellation that twinkles upon the skin.

In this creation Cartier brings together a rare ensemble of lapis lazuli beads whose homogeneous substance is troubled, yet enhanced, by sprinklings of pyrite dust. Lapis lazuli, of course, is the deep blue of space and the starry night sky.

https://www.cartier.com/

MAGNITUDE

IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.

AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.

THÉIA

This necklace is structured around a striking ensemble of seven round-shaped Colombian emeralds. Cartier jewellers have nestled these famously delicate gems inside levelled rock crystal motifs. Emerald meets its perfect match with rock crystal as the two collide in rippling reverberation. Against the skin, the reverse of the rock crystal section is faceted throughout. This technique – a jeweller’s secret – is invisible to the eye but adds to the sparkle of the emeralds.

The geometry and optical illusions of the design borrow from the codes of kinetic art, from contrasting colours to the skillful use of transparency. Green and black is a signature Cartier colour pairing. Here onyx functions as a graphic signal, a punctuation mark around the emeralds, on quartz or diamonds. The repetition of the motifs and the stones induces a rhythm that ricochets, rebounds, never stops. The pendant of the necklace may be removed and worn as a brooch or on a chain in the tradition of transformable pieces by the Maison. As always at Cartier, back and front have the same force: an additional pendant can be found at the clasp on the back.

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MAGNITUDE

IN MAGNITUDE, CARTIER’S NEW HIGH JEWELLERY COLLECTION, MATERIALS COLLIDE IN A MARRIAGE OF PRECIOUS STONES AND ORNAMENTAL HARD STONES RARELY SEEN IN HIGH JEWELLERY.

AN UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER, A STYLISTIC FEATURE STEEPED IN CHARACTER THAT BALANCES TECHNIQUE WITH CREATIVE FLAIR, UPDATED BY CARTIER TIME AND AGAIN SINCE THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY.

Original form, landscaped material, primary colours, varied nuances: the design translates the power of confrontation through an interplay of lines, ruptured rhythms and flowing movements. Light flashes from stones that bear the memory of the world. From this glittering collision, rippling rays of light project the force of the origins into the future.

APHÉLIE

For the pendant of this pink gold necklace, Cartier has selected a golden brown rutilated quartz. A striking gem of handsome density and mysterious material, it fascinates by its warm colours and effects of transparency and depth. Articulated tassels arranged in a sunray motif around the cabochon unleash the sun-drenched dazzle of the inclusions.

The piece curves yet is spiky. Opposites are magnified, contrasted. The round central stone is complemented by the needles woven within. Sweet beads of morganite counter jagged diamond set with onyx edges. The colour palette is cheered by touches of coral and pink diamonds, while onyx punctuates the relief and creates perspective. This fully articulated piece is delicate and fluid in the hand. With clean lines and a lightweight feel, subtraction is an integral part of the composition.

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Monica Bellucci

Italian actress, Monica Bellucci dazzled on the red carpet wearing a necklace from Cartier’s new High Jewellery collection, Magnitude, at the screening of Claude Lelouch’s Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie during the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival. This marks the worldwide debut of the necklace, a tribute to Maria Felix who commissioned in 1975, as a special order, the Cartier Paris Crocodile necklace, previously worn by Monica Bellucci in 2006 during the 59th Annual Cannes Film Festival.

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Nadine Labaki

Lebanese director, Nadine Labaki also chose Cartier jewellery at the closing ceremony of 72nd Cannes Film Festival. She wore Les Oiseaux Libérés earrings in white gold set with gray mother-of pearl, emeralds, ruby beads and diamonds.

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Noémie Merlant

French actress, Noémie Merlant also chose Cartier jewellery at the closing ceremony of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. She wore Cartier High Jewellery earrings in white gold set with diamonds Ring in white gold set with diamonds.

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Catherine Deneuve

Tonight, revered French actress, Catherine Deneuve stunned in Cartier High Jewellery as she presented La Palme d’Or award at the Closing Ceremony of the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival. Catherine Deneuve wore High Jewellery bracelet in platinum set with one 19.03-carat cabochon-cut emerald, diamonds and pear-shaped emerald eyes high jewellery earrings in platinum set with two emerald beads and diamonds essential Lines ring in white gold set with diamonds.

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