Cartier heralds the dawn of the dainty, a new wave of the filigree art form that, ironically, has been around since centuries with its latest timepiece, Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree watch. Filigree is an age-old fanciful technique of goldsmithing that uses gold or silver threads soldered together in order to create lace-like motifs.
The ancient art of filigree appeared in Egypt in earliest antiquity. Its invention is attributed to the Sumerians in around 3000 B.C. before being developed in India, Tibet, Greece and Iran. Created in the new Maison des Métiers d’Art on site at La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree watch is testament to Cartier’s mission to perpetuate forgotten crafts and expertise such as granulation in 2013.
The lacework watch is made in a 42 mm yellow gold case, with its dial featuring a panther motif made by 22 karat yellow gold and 950 platinum threads. Sovereigns draped in brocade, the two panthers look at each other with their emerald eyes.
This delicate feline tête-à-tête is set against the background of a starry sky and surrounded by a middle pave set with diamonds, which is partly covered by the motif.
The watch is powered by a 430MC manufacture caliber, protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The blue alligator leather strap with 18 karat gold folding clasp adds an unmistakable class to the timepiece.
The Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree watch is a limited edition of 20 numbered pieces.