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Rotonde de Cartier with Panther Granulation to Launch at SIHH 2013

By Paul Joseph

Iconic jewellery house Cartier are to launch a stunning new timepiece at the upcoming SIHH watch fair in Switzerland called the Rotonde de Cartier with Panther Granulation.

The watch is billed as combining Cartier’s rich heritage with contemporary luxury, showcasing a 5,000 year-old artisanal watch-making technique involving Etruscan gold granulation dating back to ancient Egypt.

According to lore, the technique was then successively perfected by the Italians, prior to the rise of the Roman Empire.

Coming in a 18k yellow gold, 42mm case, the timepiece has been created using tiny 22-karat gold balls, each individually hand applied to create the picture of a panther.

The case is also set with 306 brilliant cut diamonds totaling 3.63 carats, whilst the crown has been set with a diamond and is made of beaded 18k yellow gold.

Other notable features include a semi matte black alligator skin strap using a double adjustable folding clasp.

Only 20 of the Rotonde de Cartier with Panther Granulation will be produced.

By Paul Joseph