From impeccable collectibles for the friend or relative who has everything to precious surprises for your lover; from up-to-the-minute yet superbly crafted fashion choices that brighten the contemporary woman’s day to classy sartorial trimmings for the modern man, a Cartier creation is a timeless testament to one’s standing in society and appreciation of the finest things in life.
For more than 160 years, men and women of legend – royalty, politicians, heiresses, artists - have decorated their abodes with limited edition objects of immense beauty and imagination crafted at Cartier’s workshops in Paris. A lucky few today can follow in these esteemed footsteps if they receive a gift of a Cartier poker set in sycamore wood and black lacquer overlaid with mother-of-pearl and red and grey marqetry. Red garnet cabochons further adorn this collectible that will grace the study or games room of only a handful of prestigious homes around the world – there are only five in existence and each is numbered as a hallmark of its rarity.
Elsewhere in the home, a limited edition Cartier box attracts all eyes with its polished decor. A glorious accoutrement for the drawing room, this flawless receptacle is crafted of nephrite jade with a lid of sun godrons décor set in sterling silver; inside is plush green sueded leather. Another exceptional gift, Cartier octagonal clock in sterling silver, sculpted rock crystal and red garnet cabochons. Mounted on a black jade and silver stand, the stately timekeeper boasts a mechanical movement with a power reserve of eight days, and underscoring its air of luxurious exclusivity comes in a limited edition of 100 pieces.
Moving into the dressing room, Cartier jewellery box resplendent in 14 tones of coloured wood marquetry and further bestowed with gold finish, mother-of-pearl and four palmeira citrine cabochons depicts a pair of exotic birds in flight. Only 20 collectors in the world can keep their Cartier jewels in this precious coffer.
The lady of the house cuts a striking figure when she steps out with her latest gift, the Marcello de Cartier envelope bag. So-called for its minimalist rectangular lines and triangular front flap, the tote makes a sophisticated statement in red goatskin with gilded metal fittings - mahogany goatskin and black goatskin are the other refined colour choices. At a Maison renowned for its sumptuous leather goods, the Marcello de Cartier envelope is heaven sent for smart daywear, and it can move seamlessly to an evening cocktail too.
Fun, fashion and sport combine neatly in a mini-bowling bag from the same collection; in pony calfskin and brown cowhide its panther spot motif nods playfully to Cartier’s long association with the powerful jungle beast. Accessorise the Marcello de Cartier bowling bag with a Cartier scarf in a blend of soft cashmere and silk, fashionable monochrome dots imprinting the panther’s noble visage. While chosen from a host of beautiful pure silk squares, the gift of an Odyssée de Cartier printed scarf in blue would bring Paris chic close to the heart of your favourite girl about town.
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