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Watches Jewellery On How The Intricate Ronde Louis Cartier Straw And Gold Marquetry Watch Is Made

On How The Intricate Ronde Louis Cartier Straw And Gold Marquetry Watch Is Made

On How The Intricate Ronde Louis Cartier Straw And Gold Marquetry Watch Is Made
By Tan Wei Lin
August 12, 2020
We reveal what goes into the design and production of this artistic luxury watch from the house of Cartier

The panther is a permanent fixture in Cartier’s collections. Its graceful form may be most easily appreciated when melded with a sculptural bracelet or ring, but it’s really the flat expanse of a watch dial that pushes the imagination of the artisan and the boundaries of creativity. How many ways can Cartier interpret its emblematic animal within the confines of a watch case? Endless, it seems.

This new creation, which premiered at Watches & Wonders 2020, is an example that showcases the traditional art of straw marquetry. Throw gold marquetry and enamelling into the mix, and we get this stunning piece of horological art designed to mimic the look of bas-relief.

Outlining the panther's head
Outlining the panther's head

The entire timepiece requires more than 100 hours of work, of which 97 are spent on the dial alone—a testament to the level of artistry that a Cartier “Métiers d’Art” watch requires.         

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The various stages of straw marquetry
The various stages of straw marquetry
Assembling slivers of tinted straws
Assembling slivers of tinted straws

A centuries-old decorative technique, straw marquetry involves piecing together flattened slivers of tinted straw. The dial design here is composed of 75 blades of straw—interspersed among other materials—in different sizes and a total of 11 colours.

Enamelling completes the picture and is used to fill in the eyes of the panther and the spots on its coat with shades ranging from opaline to yellow, as well as black and white. The result is a lively, gleaming gaze besides a beautifully composed pattern on the fur.

The watch features fine artisanal details
The watch features fine artisanal details

The feline’s head alone is made up of more than 65 elements in white, yellow and pink gold, which are individually shaped and satin-finished. No space in this complex masterpiece is left unexplored—look closer to spot fine gold wires embedded among the slivers of straw.

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