GEOMETRY AND CONTRASTS
Less is more. At the beginning of the 20th century, while the neo-classical garland style design was booming at Cartier, Louis Cartier introduced geometric shapes and sleek lines, new combinations of materials and colour contrasts, as well as interplays of stylisation and abstraction.
A new vision of style appeared at Cartier, which has endured as a source of inspiration until today.
PIECES FROM THE LATEST COLLECTION
Ring, brooch or bracelet all lend themselves to the interplay of a meticulous composition, guided by the mastery of symmetry and its graphic rhythm. Between full and empty, the line twists, multiplies. The black of the onyx or lacquer inspires perspective, creating a feeling of depth.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Louis Cartier introduced vibrant colours as well as unique, modern and stylised shapes: simple cubes, polygons and diamond shapes in calibrated coloured gemstones. In 1909, on a ruby and diamond brooch, the figurative disappeared entirely, and the square fit into the circle.
Essential to master for geometry, the black outlines shapes, stylises designs, creates shadow and perspective. Onyx, enamel or lacquer, the black brings power and contrast to the pure and graphic designs of timeless creations.
MOVEMENT AND KINETICS
Cartier generates movement at the heart of its creations. Relying on the precision of the composition, the design frees up the momentum, dynamics and rhythm. Between the designer’s pencil and the jeweller’s fingers the material is brought to life. The movement is here, contained in power.