The French house’s classic watches and jewelry collections inspire a singular devotion
In partnership with CARTIER
Words by THE C MAGAZINE EDITORS
With love in the air this month, fresh new pairings from Cartier’s spectrum of watches and baubles are making our hearts pound. The stud, bead, and spike motifs reimagined in the French house’s Clash de Cartier collection combine the aesthetic of many of the line’s heritage elements in sharp new pieces. Bridging the line between classic and eccentric, the rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings in white or rose gold are crafted in demure small sizes as well as bold extra-large iterations. The modern accessories, with moveable elements meant to adapt, make for playful pairings. Nothing is exactly as it seems, and even studs that appear to be sharp are actually soft to the touch.
Also imbued with continuity are two jewelry collections from Aldo Cipullo. The Love collection, with its oval shape and sense of permanence (it requires a gold screwdriver to lock it into place), is a glamorous way to make a declaration. The myriad designs, sizes, and metals—including white, yellow, and rose gold—can be embellished with diamonds. Cipullo also tapped the simple nail as the structure of his Juste Un Clou designs. The collection includes three gold alloys with some versions embellished in pavé diamonds.
Cartier’s meditations on time, including the Panthère de Cartier watch with double or triple looped bracelets, are another elegant way to mark the month. The timepiece’s square case with rounded corners contains a quartz movement, and the bracelet’s coiling chain links come in yellow, rose, or white gold. Original versions of the watch (sans the extra-long bracelet links) have bands in multiple metals, from steel to rose gold pavé. The square Santos de Cartier’s symmetry evokes the angular Eiffel Tower, and its ergonomic streamlined design is a nod to the aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. The Tank is equally pared-down and geometric, its rectangular shape lending a refreshingly genderless appeal. For a more rounded approach, the circular Ballon Bleu de Cartier, with its bold blue hands and bubble housing a winding crown, is a classically spherical alternative.
February 15, 2023
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