Where watches are concerned, here at RUSSH we believe that you shouldn't have to choose between form and functionality. Luckily, in the case of Cartier, the luxury jewellery designer's new watches for 2021 speak to this sentiment.
At this year's Watches & Wonders exhibition in Geneva; Cartier confirmed that its focus for 2021 is on four of its most recognisable styles. The Tank Must, Pasha de Cartier, Cartier Libre and Precious Watches. While we have certainly come to know and love these household names, the innovation and expansion in these lines are cause for intrigue. First designed in 1922 as the Tank Louis Cartier; the 2021 Tank Must novelties will feature new steel and paved steel creations as well as an unprecedented innovation model. Additionally, Cartier's Precious Watches collection is a series of entirely new creations – designed for those among us who are searching for a little bit more.
Below, we take you through all the details of the new watches you can expect from Cartier in 2021.
For 2021, the iconic Tank gets a new name – Tank Must. The new creation is a marriage between two Maison icons, the Tank and Must. This year's novelties include new steel and paved steel creations; rounded brancards (horns), thinner dial proportions, new case dimension and a non-leather strap (Altstrap) created from bio-based materials. The Tank Must also features a precious pearled cabochon winding crown and the return of a traditional ardillon buckle on the leather strap version. The collection also sees the introduction of five new monochromes versions dial animations inspired from Les Must de Cartier from the 1970s. Where innovation is concerned, the Tank Must introduces a new photovoltaic movement (Solarbeat, 16-years autonomy and 2-year exclusivity for this innovation for Cartier).
Pasha de Cartier
Following on from an extremely successful relaunch in 2020, Pasha de Cartier is welcoming new designs into its family. The collection will see the addition of a Pasha de Cartier 41mm chronograph; featuring a unidirectional and graduated bezel and two additional oversized push buttons set with blue cabochons. The two push buttons are the same as the ones on the original Pasha watches created between 1980 –1990. Both Pasha chronographs – steel and yellow gold – feature the Manufacture automatic movement 1904-CH MC and retain all the new Pasha functionalities (SmartLink, QuickSwitch). Further, a smaller more feminine piece will be seen in the release of new watches for Cartier in 2021. The 30mm is a focus on jewellery watches; equipped with the high-autonomy quartz movement while retaining the sophisticated Pasha de Cartier codes.
Each year the Cartier Libre collection explores two of the Maison's repertoire of signature-shaped watches with unbridled creative licence. For 2021, Cartier designers have chosen to work on an unlikely duo of previous watches; The Baignoire/Turtle model and Tortue/Snake. For The Baignorie/Turtle, the creation has the same proportions as the 1920 Baignoire but differs entirely on the setting of the watch with the tsavorites on the edge of the case. For the Tortue/Snake model; the Tortue's signature case built around two big curves features a scale decor made of black and coral coloured enamel, diamonds and mother of pearl.
For 2021, the Cartier Precious Watches collection is an entirely new offering. The worlds of Fine Jewellery diamond watches and Panthère Songeuses watches collide for five new creations. In Fine Jewellery, we see the Reptilis watch; which features an 18k rhodium-finish white gold bracelet set with 232 brilliant-cut diamonds (3.75 cts) and 70 princess-cut diamonds (6.06 cts). The Rosary watch also delivers on wow factor; the 18k rhodium-finish white gold case, dial and bracelet set with 1191 brilliant-cut diamonds (5.57 cts).
For Panthère Songeuses, the Maison presents three variations of the signature Panthère motif; two diamond-paved watches and champlevé enamelling for the third.