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Inside Cartier’s atelier : the making of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Floral Marquetry Parrot watch

Jan 10, 2014 | Parisian Eye

With Geneva’s SIHH (Salon
International de la Haute Horlogerie) around the corner, new wonderful
creations are to be expected by the best Maisons. Always ahead, Cartier takes
us on a tour of their Swiss Manufacture in order to introduce a real
innovation : the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Floral Marquetry Parrot watch.

With this 42 mm watch,
Cartier explores a new craft in watchmaking: floral marquetry, a never before
seen technique that immortalises flowers and their vulnerable beauty. Coupled
with traditional jewelry know-how, a kind of alchemy occurs, resulting in an
explosion of colour: the blue and the orangey-yellow of the plumage, the deep
black of the beak, the emerald green of the eye and the sparkling white
diamonds in the background of the dial and on the crown…

With this new creation,
Cartier makes the ephemeral beauty of flowers eternal, with a multitude of
minute operations : the flower petals are gathered and coloured, each
petal is then stuck onto a thin piece of wood and cut into the desired shape
using a marquetry saw. Thus transformed, they become feathers and plumage, a
precious, noble material that is vibrant, sensual and fragile, with a volume
and texture that contrast with the shine of the onyx beak and emerald eye. The
grey and black feathers surrounding the eye are created one by one with
miniature painting. Several hours of marquetry and stone-setting work within
the Manufacture are required for the dial of this creation to come into being.
The Ballon Bleu de Cartier
Floral Marquetry Parrot watch is available in a limited edition of 20 pieces.

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