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Cartier Revises Filigree Art Form With New Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Iconic French jewellers Cartier have created a new limited edition timepiece using the age-old technique of goldsmithing known as ‘Filigree’.

Limited to just 20 pieces, the Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree uses gold or silver threads soldered together in order to create lace-like motifs – an artform that dates back to ancient Egypt.

Designed in Cartier’s new Maison des Métiers d’Art on site at La Chaux-de-Fonds, the striking timepiece is the latest effort by the French brand to revive forgotten horological crafts.

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, set against the background of a starry sky and surrounded by a middle pave set with diamonds.

Other notable features include a 430MC manufacture calibre protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a blue alligator leather strap with 18-karat gold folding clasp.

Founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris, France in 1847, Cartier has grown to become one of the world’s most illustrious luxury brands.

By Paul Joseph