SIHH 2019: Cartier Libre – Jewelled Watches in Extravagant Shapes

Tank Chinoise, Baignoire Allongee and Diagonale.

Inaugurated earlier this year, Cartier Libre is dedicated to reimagining classic Cartier ladies’ jewelled watches. This year’s Libre collection was five watches and included the Crash Radieuse, while this year’s line-up is made up of four watches.

The first is the Tank Chinoise Red, based on a 1921 variant of the Tank, which was originally inspired by the architecture of Chinese temps. Originally a squarish watch, the Tank Chinoise here has been elongated and narrowed. The 18k white gold case is set with two horizontal bands of rubies, each highlighted by black enamel stripes, as well as 164 diamonds. The dial is black lacquer, while the movement is quartz. It’s limited to 100 pieces with an estimated retail price of €60,000.

The Diagonale, on the other hand, is modern creation. Black and red enamel contrast with diamonds on the white gold case, which contains a quartz movement. Only 50 pieces will be made, while retail will likely be €35,000.

Cartier Libre Diagonale and Tank Chinoise

The latter two are a pair of medium-sized Baignoire Allongée watches. The Baignoire Allongée Celadon is white gold and set with diamonds, emeralds and Paraiba tourmalines, while the dial is paved with diamonds.

And the Baignoire Allongée Black is in 18k yellow gold, with diamonds, black spinels and yellow sapphires, along with a diamond-set dial.

Cartier Libre Baignoire Allongee

Both are powered by the 1917 MC movement, a small, hand-wind calibre that was developed in-house and is also found in the new Cartier Prive Tonneau watch. The Baignoire Allongee watches are limited to 50 each.

The Baignoire Allongee Black will be priced at €60,000, while the Celadon will be €70,000.

Update December 18, 2018: Estimated retail prices added.

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