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The Watches Conjuring the Decade of Decadence

By Lynette Kee


French designer Jeanne Toussaint was a muse to Louis Cartier throughout his life career at the house of Cartier. At the beginning of their friendship circa 1920s, a time where jazz music flourished, and lust for extravagance was discovered, Louis Cartier transformed the figurative feline (Toussaint was affectionately known as La Panthere) into a range of Cartier jewellery, accessories and watches. Of which, a line of Cartier Panthere watches was fashioned by supple, interlocking link bracelets, evoking Toussaint’s classical discipline and combustible presence.

It wasn’t until now that Cartier has reimagined that same design language (Maillon, which means “link” in French) anew, to introduce a collection known as Maillon de Cartier. The new line embodies an entirely new design. A hexagonal dial, bevelled brancards and rectangular chain links offset to form a twist that renders the watch boldly sculptural yet gracefully articulated. The watches conjure up the essence of the legendary designer while emphasising the Cartier spirit in modern creations that take one back to the decade of decadence.

Cartier Maillon de Cartier watch in yellow gold and diamonds, price on request.
Digital Image by Lioncolony.