The art of miniature marquetry

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Close-up of the marquetry bear dial

One of the watches unveiled at SIHH 2011 by Cartier was the Rotonde de Cartier jumping hours with marquetry bear dial. Marquetry is the art of inlaying wood to form a motif. Made by award winning marqueter Jérôme Boutteçon, the dial is composed of over three dozen tiny pieces of wood veneers, carefully cut and finished by hand. I take a close look at the art of marquetry on the Cartier forum I moderate.

– SJX

The veneers are sawn by hand

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