Created in the new Maison des Métiers d’Art on site at La Chaux- de-Fonds, the Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree watch reinvents the centuries-old technique of filigree using a figurative, precious approach. A creative heritage method that is testament to Cartier’s mission to perpetuate forgotten crafts and expertise such as granulation in 2013.
As diaphanous as lace, filigree is a technique of goldsmithing that uses gold or silver wires soldered together in order to create an openwork grid with a desired motif.
For Cartier, the challenge consisted not only in adapting it to the restrained dimensions of a watch case but also elevating this craft by opting for a very precious selection of jewellery materials such as gold, platinum and diamonds.
Over a month of work was required to create this lacework watch that is home to a pair of panthers whose black-lacquerspotted coats are literally woven from fine filigree elements of gold and platinum set with diamonds.
This exceptional work of art brings together numerous kinds of craftsmanship, from gemstonesetting to goldsmithing, from jewellery-making to watchmaking, from engraving to lacquering.