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An Exclusive Look at Clé de Cartier

Intrinsic to Cartier’s history as a creative watchmaker is a spirit of innovation. A pioneering ethos that has not just brought about numerous technical advances, but also engendered ground-breaking new forms: the square for Santos, the rectangle for Tank...

Creativity, passion and pure excellence are the keys to a success that has endured for more than a hundred years. The same quality is at the very heart of Cartier’s new watchmaking collection, Clé de Cartier.

Re-thinking a simple shape – The conception of Clé de Cartier was based on the challenge to create a new form based on a perfect circle; the result is a feat of subtlety and restraint. Shapes are pared down and reduced to their essence. Great mastery was employed at the Cartier Manufacture in Switzerland to ensure a seamless flow, an elegant economy and a harmonious whole.

Re-inventing the crown – The crown is not only one of the watch’s most distinctive features, but also the inspiration for its name - ‘Clé’ means ‘key’ in French - and the crown’s resemblance to one is unmistakable. The act of resetting the time and date introduces a new gesture to the world of watchmaking, one that recalls the traditional turning of a key to wind up a clock.

The exclusive preview sold at Harrods, visit the Fine Jewellery Room on the Ground Floor to discover the Clé de Cartier creations.

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