There are no words to say what a picture can do by a glance, and as we set about to review the Cartier Trait d’Eclat high jeweled watch – we are even more convinced of this. This year, Cartier again entrances us with top demonstrations of its amazing haute joaillerie craftsmanship. One of the finest examples is easily the stunning Cartier Trait d’Eclat — one of more than 20 high-jeweled watches unveiled by the brand at SIHH 2017.
Cartier has long had a love affair with fine gemstones, including the big three: rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Back in the 1900’s, the brand designed a host of stunning pieces for royalty around the world, including India, that often utilized bold rubies and emeralds.
In the new Trait d’Eclat watch, 15 round Burmese rubies — weighing 24.93 carats — are set alongside diamond baguettes on the bracelet and come into a fine feminine oval that wraps itself around the stunning tear-drop-shaped watch dial that is also magnificently set with diamonds. The cuff style bracelet watch is magnificent dance of geometrics, with rectangular baguettes, round rubies and a tear-drop center. It is a look Cartier mastered in the roaring twenties and the Art Deco era — geometry, symmetry, haute color and dynamic appeal — only it is now updated for the 21st century.
Within the tear-drop case resides the famed manually-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101– the smallest mechanical watch movement to date. Hands down, this is the watch to want this year and forever more.