News December 2012

Rotonde 42 mm, panther with granulation

Cartier d’Art explores an age-old decorative technique

The Watch Quote™ - December 4th, 2012



With its strong curiosity about the world and its wonders, this year Cartier has developed a passion for a goldsmith’s technique born in the cradle of civilisation: granulation. The reinterpretation of this millennia-old artistic craft is part of a desire to bring rare, sometimes forgotten crafts back to life, which Cartier adapts and renders even more beautiful.



With granulation, Cartier d’Art takes a fresh look at a precious technique that dates from the first half of the 3rd millennium B.C. This highly sophisticated aesthetic reached its peak during the first millennium in Etruria with the famous period objects in “Etruscan granulation”.



A veritable seedbed of gold granules, the granulation technique consists of creating small balls from threads of gold that are cut and then heated over a flame. The gold granules are then assembled one by one and fused with the gold plate in order to create the sensual relief of the motif.



The result is captivating: a magnetic, radiant panther head gleams on the watch dial... A fine example of age-old craftsmanship that has been passed down the ages, the cat appears to defy the passing of time, bearing a secret of which Cartier has become the guardian.









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Rotonde de Cartier 42 mm watch, panther, granulation

Description technique




Case:18-carat yellow gold
set with 306 brilliant-cut diamonds for 3.63 carats
Dial:22-carat yellow gold, granulation with panther motif
Hands:Apple-shaped in blued steel
Crown:Beaded, 18-carat yellow gold,
set with a diamond
Strap:Semi-matt black alligator skin
Clasp:Double adjustable folding clasp 18-carat yellow gold
set with 43 brilliant-cut diamonds for 0.42 carats
Water-resistance:30 metres / 100 feet / 3 bar
Movement:Manufacture mechanical with manual winding,
calibre 9601 MC
Case back:Sapphire crystal
Numbered limited series :20 pieces.

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