Cartier figures out how to intertwine a one of a kind dash of French refinement with an exceptionally liberal mentality towards plan. Cartier’s relationship with intriguing formed watches has went on for a century and you’d be unable to locate a clear round watch chez la Maison. Abnormal shapes, similar to the square Santos, the rectangular Tank , the barrel-molded Tortue, or even the peculiar and wild 1967 Crash watch propelled by a Baignoire Allongée model that was purportedly disfigured and softened in an auto accident, have been and still are a lot of a character quality of the brand.
Last year flagged the arrival of the Santos , and in 2019 the temperament for sentimentality is still going full bore as we have seen with the pre-SIHH arrival of the Cartier Privé Tonneau watch for men motivated by a 1906 model with a prolonged tonneau case. Ladies are likewise in for a treat with the pre-SIHH 2019 arrival of the Baignoire Allongée, a model that in a real sense takes a dunk in an ocean of valuable stones. Introduced in white or yellow gold models and restricted to 50 watches in each metal, the stretched forms of the Baignoire adventure into high jewelry terrain.
A high jewelry shower for the Baignoire Allongée
The antecedent to what in particular in the end got known as the Baignoire was planned in 1912 and acquired its uncommon name in the last part of the 1950s because of its solid likeness to a bath. The second piece of its name – allongée – alludes to Baignoire models with hyper-extended cases.
The Baignoire Allongée Céladon model is housed in a medium white gold case studded with Paraiba tourmalines, emeralds and splendid cut jewels. Masterminded unreservedly around the prolonged oval case, the electric blue tourmalines and the extraordinary green emeralds light up the case with a practically sea-going gleam. Indeed, the stones – including jewels – working on this issue help me to remember valuable barnacles on the frame of a pricey boat. The huge prolonged Roman numerals that portray the Baignoire have been supplanted by a deck of splendid cut jewels that reverberation the state of the case.
The Baignoire Allongée Black model has a considerably more extreme range and combines a rich yellow gold case with differentiating dark spinels, yellow sapphires and splendid cut jewels. The two models highlight a briolette precious stone in the crown and come on gator cowhide ties; green on account of the Céladon model and dark for its sister. Both restricted version watches are outfitted with an in-house manual-winding development (Caliber 1917 MC) for the hours and minutes with a force save of 38 hours.
Each form of the Cartier Baignoire Allongée will be restricted to 50 pieces, with costs going from EUR 60,000 for the dark/yellow gold model and EUR 70,000 for the Céladon model.
Tank Chinoise Red
Two different models, the Tank Chinoise Red and Diagonale, are additionally remembered for the pre-SIHH canapés and have been energized with valuable stones to underline their abnormal shapes. The Tank Chinoise Red is the immediate relative of the famous 1921 Tank Chinoise with hauls intended to bring out the engineering of Chinese sanctuaries. In 2019 Cartier profoundly returns to the watch with an any longer and more lengthened case in white gold changing it from its unique square shape into a rectangle.
To underscore the Chinese association and the bizarre state of the case, two lintels of brilliant red rubies are set at both of the case and outlined by dark lacquer. The brancards of the inky-dark lacquered dial are flanked by 164 splendid cut jewels and the dial highlights two Roman numerals with a stretched VI to recreate the rectangular push of the plan. The Tank Chinoise Red Watch is fueled by a quartz development. It comes on a dark croc lash and will be a numbered release of 100 pieces. Cost will probably be around EUR 60,000.
Don’t trouble chasing for this watch in Cartier’s documents since it is another creation. Taking advantage of the smooth Art Deco stylish that has functioned admirably for the brand, the Diagonale plays with mathematical shapes. Lively dark and red polish lines upgrade its bended highlights a twist of 70 precious stones adds a fine jewelry contact. Like the Tank Chinoise Red, the watch runs on a quartz development and will be restricted to 50 pieces at a normal cost of EUR 35,000.
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