Cartier Métiers D’art Collection: Ronde Louis Cartier Straw and Gold Marquetry Watch & Ronde Louis Cartier Enamel Filigree Watch

This year, Cartier reveals two new “Métiers d’Art” watches, created around the natural and the precious through exchanges between marquetry craftsmen, jewellers, designers, enamellers, gem-setters and miniature painters.

Since its first appearance in its abstract form in 1914, Cartier has continually reinterpreted the panther. The feline illuminates multiple Cartier creations with varied inspirations. From motif to material or volume, everything related to the animal provides reason to go beyond the different crafts and techniques allowing new creative territories resulting from unexpected encounters.

Ronde Louis Cartier Straw and Gold Marquetry Watch

Made entirely by the marquetry craftsman from the Maison des Métiers d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, this year, the Ronde Louis Cartier watch unveils the technique of straw and gold marquetry.

The precious metal is added to the palette of materials already used in marquetry, making it possible to work with volume and create a rendering reminiscent of bas-relief. An adventurous, never-before-seen undertaking that required the marquetry craftsman to be trained in gold work by the jewellers from the Maison des Métiers d’Art.

Ronde Louis Cartier Straw and Gold Marquetry Watch

Seventy-five blades of straw in different sizes and shades, produced in 11 colours, make up the parts of the décor. The feline’s head is comprised of more than sixty-five elements in white, yellow and pink gold, which are shaped and satin-finished one by one. With an unusual play of meta-exploration, yellow gold wires are embedded in natural straw elements, adding complexity and sophistication that the craftsmen explored for the first time.

Cartier combines ceramic arts with the art of composition, to which marquetry belongs, by enamelling the spots on the coat and eyes. The rich colour palette contrasts black and white with a large number of shades between opaline and yellow. For the eyes, four different shades come together on a miniscule surface. The gaze comes to life with sparkle, shine and depth, an expression of Cartier’s figurative and realist art. The spots in the background are created with miniature paint.

Brought to life after more than 100 hours, 97 of which are spent on the dial alone, this creation is available in a limited edition of 30 individually numbered timepieces.

Ronde Louis Cartier Enamel Filigree Watch

This year, designers and craftsmen from the Maison des Métiers d’Art have adapted the fligree technique to be used with enamel. With this technique, the enamel powder is heated, and the glass is stretched until it takes the shape of bamboo, before being set and fixed to the dial by tiny strands of yellow gold. This creates the bamboo effect used in the foreground.

Ronde Louis Cartier Enamel Filigree Watch

To add perspective to the motif and play with the effects of depth, the craftsmen had to turn to other areas of expertise: domed champlevé enamel for the bamboo in the background and black spots of the beast’s fur and eyes, as well as miniature painting for the sky and the background bamboo.

With a scene entirely dedicated to the Maison’s emblematic animal, this watch is available in a limited edition of 30 individually numbered pieces.

Technical details

Model: Ronde Louis Cartier Straw and Gold Marquetry Watch

  • 42 mm, thickness: 8.03 mm
  • 18K white gold case
  • Crown set with a sapphire cabochon
  • Dial with panther motif in straw and gold marquetry
  • Grey alligator leather strap
  • Limited and numbered edition of 30 pieces

Model: Ronde Louis Cartier Enamel Filigree Watch

  • 36 mm, thickness: 9.13 mm
  • 18K white gold case
  • Crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond (0.08 ct)
  • Bezel, dial and buckle set with 269 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.99 ct)
  • Dial with panther motif in enamel fligree
  • Blue alligator leather strap
  • Limited and numbered edition of 30 pieces

Movement specifications

Manufacture Mechanical Movement with Manual Winding 430 MC
Encasing diameter: 9 lines
Total dimensions: 20.5 mm
Thickness: 2.15 mm
Number of jewels: 18
Frequency: 21’600 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 38 hours