Cartier adapts the archaic method of filigree, to make one of the most sumptuous watches: the Ronde Louis Cartier XL.
Requiring at least a month to complete, the Ronde Louis Cartier XL with panthers motifs is available in a limited edition of 20 pieces, all made at Cartier’s Maison d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland.
Filigree is a craft developed in Egypt by Sumerians nearly 3000 B.C., as indicated by the archeological items from the ancient Mesopotamia. This technique traditionally requires goldsmiths to use gold or silver wires plaited together in order to form a background while showcasing any desired motifs.
The fabrication of the Ronde Louis Cartier XL follows and challenges the traditional craft. Cartier’s filigree woven panthers are made of gold, platinum, diamonds with green emeralds for the eyes of possible lovers, who are sheltered by a starry night.
This chef d’oeuvre stands out beautifully on its own without failing to pay tribute to every artist, watchmaker, jeweler, goldsmith and engraver who invested time in bringing this work of art outside of dreamers’ abstract thoughts.
This watch will be exhibited at SIHH, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in Geneva between the 19th and the 23rd of January 2015.
image: Nils Herrmann