#FirstClassFriday: The Cartier Trait D’Eclat high jewellery watch

#FirstClassFriday: The Cartier Trait D’Eclat high jewellery watch

Rubies and ribbons

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Cartier ignites a glittering flame with the new Trait D’Eclat haute joaillerie timepiece

Cut and colour is elevated to a new plane as Cartier debuts the stunning Trait D'Eclat in the lead-up to SIHH 2017. A high jewellery watch inspired by a coterie of 15 rubies — as well as the maison's history for crafting the most exquisite embellished creations — fiery brilliance takes precedence in every gleaming facet from every angle. Comprised of 24.98 carats in total, the oval rubies display an unbroken line of beautifully intense crimson, layered with a unique glow of orangey-pink that reveals the rare gems' Mozambican origins.

Brimming with a hidden restlessness that comes to life once the simple motions of the wrist catches the light, the precious watch is then 'awoken' into a blazing fire that rivals even the most scintillating of diamonds — a visual transformation that alludes to the French technique employed by the hands of master craftsmen. Made captivatingly voluminous surrounded by baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds studded all along its white gold profile and upon the teardrop shaped dial, a manual-winding mechanical calibre 101 accompanies this opulent symbol of femininity. Likened to a swathe of jewelled ribbon, the Trait D'Eclat is the art of time perfected in accentuated sensuality.

Cartier Trait D'Eclat watch

The Cartier Trait D'Eclat watch will debut at SIHH 2017.