Cartier’s formed watches typically take their names from tangible objects or residing issues. There’s the Tortue (tortoise), the Baignoire (bathtub), the Crash (a automobile wreck) and now, the Coussin, for cushion – besides this time, the watch takes on the properties of the item for which it’s named. A limited-edition model of the Cartier Coussin is squeezable, like a real-life padded cushion. It has a comfortable case product of intertwined gold hyperlinks which might be versatile, in order that the case collapses after which retracts to its unique form when touched.
It’s like a small sponge, besides that it’s product of gold and completely paved with diamonds or gems. The diamond model is ready with 5.45 carats of brilliant-cut gems. The coloured gemstone model is ready with 21 emeralds, 18 blue tourmaline, 276 tsavorites and 536 sapphires, and comes on a purple-green gradient calfskin strap. Every model is proscribed to twenty items. The quartz motion is protected by a resin seal. The instances measure 39.3mm x 31.9 mm.
The Coussin items within the common assortment, have non-flexible, arduous gold (yellow or white) instances, measuring both 30.44 mm x 33.78mm or 27.13mm x 17.66 mm. There are variations set with white diamonds, a mixture of black and white diamonds or inexperienced and blue gems (tsavorites and Paraiba tourmalines) set in a swirling spiral sample across the bezel. The stones are lower in exact gradient sizes to suit the sample of the swirl.
For these items, Cartier used a intelligent triangular setting, by which the gems are held in place by low-profile triangles of gold relatively than prongs, so extra of the gem reveals above the floor. Only for enjoyable, the tsavorites on one and the black diamonds on the opposite are set the wrong way up, with pavilions pointing upwards for an edgy, studded look.
Additionally only for enjoyable, Cartier reworked its cult-fave Crash watch right into a psychedelic animal print theme this 12 months. The Crash Tigrée, impressed by African wildlife, is ready with diamonds in an irregular stripe sample, juxtaposed with rivers of blue and inexperienced enamel. A number of enameling processes have been used, together with opaque, translucent or in gradations of shade. On the bezel, the stripes are product of champlevé enamel. The case is yellow gold, and it’s set with 1.64 carats of diamonds. The Tigrée is a restricted, numbered version of fifty items. The Crash, created by Cartier London in 1967, is without doubt one of the model’s most profitable formed watches. It’s a scorching collector’s merchandise for the time being on the secondary market, partly due to its rarity. It has been made solely in very restricted editions.