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The art of miniature marquetry

 By: SJX : September 4th, 2011-03:42
Though Cartier has been producing Metier d’Art watches for several years, mostly decorated in enamel, 2011 sees the introduction of the largest collection yet. Of six models unveiled this year, all were enamelled (along with other decoration like engravin...  

Have never imagined marquetry be used in horology...

 By: KIH : September 4th, 2011-16:41
... Marquetry is a tradtional form of art in many cultures for ages, and we still even see a lot in the souvenir shop of the touristic places as well. I am impressed to find that the marquestry is used by high-horology brands like Cartier and would love t... 

Forever I reckon

 By: SJX : September 4th, 2011-19:27
There are pieces of marquetry objects in various museums (the castle museum in Dresden for example) that have been there for several centuries. Used with care I'm sure the watch will last a long, long time. Probably in a temperate climate and not a humid ... 

Understood :-)

 By: KIH : September 4th, 2011-20:16
... the cultures of woods do not leave lots of buildings or structures for a very long time as the ones of stones, therefore I got curious.... but you are right, I guess temerature and humidity would be the key, maybe.... But it is not something we should... 

Interesting and beautiful post.

 By: VMM : September 5th, 2011-05:03
Love this kind of watches. This one particulary, it's a very nice timepiece with the added value of the marquetry art. Cartier definitely know how to do these special creations, the one with the mosaique turtle is my fav by far; what a beautiful piece of ... 

Mosiac turtle

 By: SJX : September 5th, 2011-05:55
I will post about it soon. - SJX...  

Love it. [nt]

 By: VMM : September 5th, 2011-08:53
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great post!

 By: lien : September 6th, 2011-07:09
i really admire their creativity! these r just truly beautiful hard works looking forward to the mosaic buny! cheers, Ed~

If on a lesser brand, it would be accused of being gimmicky. But on a Cartier.....

 By: Hororgasm : September 6th, 2011-14:10
Is really a piece of Art. The video is a great illustration. Thanks for the enlightening report. Best, Horo

And that is the power of branding...

 By: SJX : September 6th, 2011-20:35
But seriously on a lesser brand it would not be viable to produce such a watch because the cost will be inevitably high due to the cost of the dial. And consumers would be unlikely to pay the necessary price for such a watch from a lesser brand, notwithst... 

My honest opinion

 By: socialize : September 8th, 2011-09:11
I love marquetry, in fact I create artworks with wood too, but Cartier, in my opinion, did not design the bear to look natural as it is a rendition from natural wood. The shape of the pieces of wood do not blend together well enough to create smooth trans... 

Very interesting opinion

 By: SJX : September 8th, 2011-10:05
I looked at your site and some of the work looks almost like a painting. They must be quite extraordinary in real life. I see your point. Would the size of the dial be a factor in the result? Or is it a matter of design and conception? - SJX

The size of the dial...

 By: socialize : September 8th, 2011-10:21
The size of the dial is not small enough to be a factor in this case. It is the design of the shapes of the cutouts. I prefer cutting just the right number of shapes and let the natural textures and shadings of the wood veneers do the rest.

Appreciate the information

 By: SJX : September 9th, 2011-23:44
This is an interesting topic and I shall endeavour to learn more. Do you happen to have any photos of examples to show what you mean? - SJX

I am tweeting on Twitter...

 By: socialize : September 10th, 2011-08:09
I am tweeting on Twitter to share with people exeptional marquetry from some of my favorite artists here with pictures of their works: I plan to design a bear in marquetry on a smaller watch than what is shown from Cartier ... 


 By: SJX : September 10th, 2011-08:36
I am now following you on Twitter. - SJX

watch dial from photo

 By: socialize : September 26th, 2011-09:24
Yes, or just a description of the subject to be made is adequate. Vincent

an edifying post

 By: playtime : September 13th, 2011-10:22
thanks for sharing this one--remarkable how much labor is involved for one dial alone.... J

Interesting read. Thanks for posting. [nt]

 By: Davo : September 13th, 2011-13:56
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Loved the video. Thanks for posting it! [nt]

 By: AnthonyTsai : September 25th, 2011-08:55
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