New Cactus de Cartier poses no thorns indeed

09/04/2016
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

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I am a fan of Collection Privée Cartier Paris watches and the current Mrs MTF loves Panthère de Cartier jewelry. So, I always keep an eye on what the staid House of Cartier does next. Imagine my amusement with the latest Cactus de Cartier collection – what cheekiness – what audacity – what a sense of humour!

Cactus de Cartier

Cactus de Cartier

Taking inspiration from Nature’s Great Designer, Cartier highlights the intrinsic beauty of mysterious thorny plants that we dare not touch, with distinctive sculptural pieces.

Cactus de Cartier

Desert Bloom

A resilient survivor of the desert, withstanding freezing nights and arid days, redolent with patterns set before time began, the cactus is an architectural marvel. Cartier has succeeded in exposing the primal beauty that emerge from a sun-baked landscape.

At dawn, the dew drops magnify the geometrical patterns of flowers that only bloom at night. Their shorlived existence is immortalised by Cartier using the permanence of gemstones with three thema:

A Flower without Spikes

Flower without Spikes

Flower without Spikes

Soft cactus shapes sprinkled with zesty, succulent, gemstone flowers in emerald, chrysoprase or carnelian.

A Flower without Spikes

A Flower without Spikes Ring

Cactus de Cartier ring, 18-carat yellow gold, emeralds, carnelians, set with a brilliant-cut diamond.

A Flower without Spikes

A Flower without Spikes Earrings

Cactus de Cartier earrings, 18-carat yellow gold, emeralds, carnelians, each set with 11 brilliant-cut diamonds.

A Flower without Spikes Bracelet

A Flower without Spikes Bracelet

Cactus de Cartier bracelet, 18-carat yellow gold, chrysoprases, emeralds, carnelians, set with 8 brilliant-cut diamonds.

A Flower without Spikes Bracelet

A Flower without Spikes Bracelet

Cactus de Cartier bracelet, 18-carat yellow gold, emeralds, set with 204 brilliant-cut diamonds.

A Flower without Spikes necklace

A Flower without Spikes necklace

Cactus de Cartier necklace, 18-carat yellow gold, emeralds, set with 204 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Desert Beauty

Desert Beauty

Desert Beauty

Cartier plays with gold domes and geometric structures of voluptuous volumes but resplendent with precious dewdrops, aureoles of brilliant facets in lapis or diamonds.

Desert Beauty ring

Desert Beauty ring

Cactus de Cartier ring, 18-carat yellow gold, lapis lazuli, set with 55 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Desert Beauty bracelet

Desert Beauty bracelet

Cactus de Cartier bracelet, 18-carat yellow gold, lapis lazuli, set with 146 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Desert Beauty necklace

Desert Beauty necklace

Cactus de Cartier necklace, 18-carat yellow gold, lapis lazuli, set with 61 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Rebellious Flower

Rebellious Flower

Rebellious Flower

It’s not just about gemstones with Cartier. Here the goldsmith gets to show off his artistry to create blooms in gold, barely kissed by rare diamonds that highlight undulating ripples and twists. Open work and granulation are ancient techniques mastered by Cartier.

Rebellious Flower ring

Rebellious Flower ring

Cactus de Cartier ring, 18-carat yellow gold, set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Rebellious Flower earrings

Rebellious Flower earrings

Cactus de Cartier earrings, 18-carat yellow gold, each set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Rebellious Flower ring

Rebellious Flower ring

Cactus de Cartier ring, 18-carat yellow gold, set with 6 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Rebellious Flower pendant

Rebellious Flower pendant

Cactus de Cartier pendant, 18-carat yellow gold, set with 6 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Conclusion

The Cactus de Cartier collection is a refreshing, playful interpretation of Nature’s Deserts without any thorny issues; much in keeping with Cartier’s heritage of inspiration by Flora and Fauna.

Check it out at your friendly neighbourhood Cartier Boutique.

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Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).