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Rediscover Nature with Cartier’s Beautés Du Monde Jewelry Collection

Rediscover Nature with Cartier’s Beautés Du Monde Jewelry Collection

Kim wears Iwana earrings, necklace, and ring in platinum with emeralds and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Ashi Studio Couture; sandals, Aquazzura. Amina wears Panthère Heroique necklace and ring in white gold with emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; jacket, skirt, Fendi Couture; pants, Saint Laurent; catsuit, hijab, It-Spain; shoes, Aquazzura. Elda wears Tutti Mikuti earrings, necklace, and ring in platinum with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Ashi Studio Couture; shoes, Roger Vivier. Photo: Xavi Gordo
With its iconic creations, Cartier has stood the test of time, and its Beautés Du Monde jewelry collection serves as an emblem of prestige, timelessness and sheer elegance. The brand’s latest offering hopes to reincarnate elements of nature into pieces of high jewelry, from emerald rings to glittering diamond earrings and sapphire necklaces. The collection explores the elegance of animals, and the transcending beauty of the ocean, bringing aquatic miracles to life in pieces that redefine the bounds of jewelry.
Inspired by the unconventional green iguana, the Iwana necklace unveils its beauty in a set abundant with diamonds and emeralds, glittering in all their glory. Glowing in vibrant shades of green, three Colombian emeralds connected by metal rings open the doors for flexibility in a high jewelry Cartier necklace, a concept the brand has put forth for the convenience of the modern woman.
Rituel necklace in white gold with rubies, chalcedony beads, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Isabel Sanchis; catsuit, hijab, It-Spain. Photo: Xavi Gordo
Cartier’s Water Aspis Necklace, on the other hand, embodies the dreamy scene where the land meets the sea bed, a blue sanctuary where beautiful oceanic beasts reside. Sea snakes are often rendered as a terrifying myth, with few able to appreciate the beauty of the hypnotizing animal. This Cartier collection takes inspiration from the ocean’s menagerie, bringing brilliant blue sapphires and geometric cut diamonds together in a neat, emotive necklace.
Cartier’s capsule collection consists of seven radiant rings, each emphasizing a series of rare stones, depicting the depths of the sea and the heights of the sky. Blue-green emeralds bring that fantasy-like aquatic spark to life, while glistening crystals take you down the depths of the earth for an enlightening journey.
Following its age-old mission to express nature through abstract, geometric incarnations rather than imitating its innate state, Cartier has expanded its horizons, bringing obsolete elements of nature to life. The brand has been leaning towards geometric patterns for quite some time now, but the Beautés Du Monde jewelry collection may just mark the first time the brand has embodied such a wealth of meaning in its offerings.
Tepoz earrings, necklace, bracelet, wristwatch, and ring in white gold with rubies, emeralds, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Carolina Herrera. Photo: Xavi Gordo

Elda wears Nitescence earrings, necklace, and ring in white gold with diamonds, Cartier; jacket, polo neck, pants, Max Mara. Kim wears Apatura earrings and necklace in platinum with opals, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Isabel Sanchis; belt, Roger Vivier. Photo: Xavi Gordo
Recif earrings and necklace in platinum with emeralds, coral beads, amethysts, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Zuhair Murad. Photo: Xavi Gordo
Elda wears Poroca earrings and necklace in white gold with sapphires and diamonds, Cartier; jacket, skirt, sandals, Dolce & Gabbana. Amina wears Nouchali necklace with chalcedony and rubellite beads, and diamonds, Cartier; jacket, pants, sandals, Saint Laurent; catsuit, hijab, It-SpainPhoto: Xavi Gordo
Photography: Xavi GordoStyle:  Abraham GutiérrezHair and makeup: David CarreiroNails: Lucero HurtadoProduction: Danica ZivkovicLocal production: Raquel SueiroModels: Amina Adan, Elda Scarnecchia, Kim RiekenbergPhotography assistants: Mariana Maglio, Carlota DonatHair and makeup assistant: Felix TebarStyle assistant: Sharon PadrónOn-set producer: Montserrat Curiel 
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Dhafer L’Abidine Shares His Typical Day in Italy, and the Key to Red Carpet Style During the Venice Film Festival

Dhafer L’Abidine Shares His Typical Day in Italy, and the Key to Red Carpet Style During the Venice Film Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Dhafer L’Abidine is among the many Arab stars taking the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival by storm. As a revered Tunisian actor and regional ambassador for Cartier, which is the main sponsor of the festival, L’Abidine walked the red carpet at the opening ceremony, attended by renowned names like Catherine Deneuve, and Julianne Moore. The star looked dapper in a classic black tuxedo paired with a bow tie, and a stunning Cartier timepiece to complete the outfit.

Vogue Arabia caught up with L’Abidine to find out more about his experience at the Venice Film Festival, the key to his red carpet style, and more.
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
What are your essentials for traveling to Venice?
The essentials I would like to take with me are of course the excitement of being in such a great festival along with all the charm.
What are you looking forward to the most at the 79th edition of the festival?
What I’m looking forward to mainly is the amazing selection of films that comes from four corners of the world. They are completely different— from independent low budgets to big budgets, to new talent and seasoned stars. I think that the combination of films carries so many stories, that are exciting, different, and authentic. That’s what’s exciting about the festival.
Photo: Instagram.com/dhaferlabidine
What are the highlights of day one of the festival for you?
I think the highlight of day one is from the time you leave your hotel, getting to the boat or a taxi to the main event, arriving there, the arrival and just seeing everyone, and to seeing the public there, the enthusiasm. That energy is so amazing and positive. I think that’s really a special feeling, especially on day one, the first time everyone was there just waiting there for the festival to start, and that’s a really amazing energy that I think people will carry during the whole festival.
Photo: Instagram.com/dhaferlabidine
What according to you is the key to nailing red carpet style at the Venice Film Festival?
I think the main thing is to truly feel comfortable with whatever you choose to wear. That’s the main idea. If you are comfortable then you will look comfortable. That’s so important. The key is to be happy with whatever you choose and be confident about your choice, and it will look good on you.
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
What do you love the most about walking the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival?
What’s great about the red carpet in Venice is the presence of the public that is around the red carpet, and their enthusiasm. The festival has to be honest with the fact that it’s really about the energy of the people who love cinema who were there to just watch films and to see what’s going on, and the latest works that have been selected for the Venice Film Festival.
Photo: Instagram.com/dhaferlabidine
What does a typical day during the Venice Film Festival look like for you?
I think a typical day will start with a lovely coffee because I’m in Italy, then I’ll have a nice trip on a boat and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later, I will watch films, and enjoy meeting people from the industry which is what the whole festival is about. It is about the workshops, the films, the meetings and just being aware of what’s happening around the world with all the new projects, the new ideas, discovering new talents and meeting new people.
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Yasmine Sabri Wore a Strapless Red Nicolas Jebran Gown for Her Afternoon With Deepika Padukone and Rami Malek in Madrid

Yasmine Sabri Wore a Strapless Red Nicolas Jebran Gown for Her Afternoon With Deepika Padukone and Rami Malek in Madrid

Photo: Instagram.com/sharifftanyous
Madrid is once again witnessing global star power as Cartier invites friends of the house over to celebrate its new high jewelry collection. Representing the region is Yasmine Sabri—the jeweler’s first Middle Eastern ambassador—with two stunning looks by an Arab designer in tow. The Egyptian actor’s first pick for the occasion was designed by Lebanese couturier Nicolas Jebran, whose form-flattering and dazzling pieces have long found a fan in Sabri.

Pictured mingling with fellow Cartier ambassadors and acclaimed actors Deepika Padukone, Rami Malek, and Annabelle Wallis, Sabri wore a bright red dress from the Beirut-based fashion house. The figure-hugging number came with a statement off-shoulder neckline in a zig-zag pattern, ruched detailing on the bodice, and a side slit. A sparkling ruby and diamond necklace, and earrings by Cartier were naturally the ideal choice of jewelry to go with her look.

During her Madrid trip, the former Vogue Arabia cover star was also seen arriving for lunch wearing another Nicolas Jebran creation, styled by Carole Bou Khaled. The couture gown came in a fuchsia pink hue, with full sleeves,and a floor-grazing hem, while Jebran’s signature silhouette and all-over pink studs elevated the piece. Her makeup for the day, courtesy of Lebanese artist Shariff Tanyous, featured a neutral glam with defined lashes and a nude lip. Overall, the perfect pick for a summer afternoon in Spain.
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Eid al-Fitr 2022 Gift Guide: 11 Thoughtful Picks for Your Loved Ones

Eid al-Fitr 2022 Gift Guide: 11 Thoughtful Picks for Your Loved Ones

Vogue Arabia, January 2022. Photo: Paul Farnham
With Eid Al-Fitr 2022 coming up after a reflective month of Ramadan, it calls for the continued spirit of giving. Welcome your loved ones with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Forever Rose London or Flowers.ae, and a selection of delectable desserts from Brix. Nothing says Eid like an elegant outfit and what better way to complete that than with Dior’s blush-toned bag and Kurt Geiger’s matte pink heels, which come with a sparkling finish?
Diptyque embraces the Oud scent reminiscent of households on a refreshing Eid day, while Cartier keeps in mind those with a love for Arabic coffee with a collection of cups laced with gold and its signature motif, the panther. Semsem brings out its elegant pieces of clothing to satisfy your kaftan needs this Eid, especially with their olive green draped number, which can easily be paired with Miu Miu’s dazzling princess-like heels for an Eid night out with family.

Below, take a closer look at 11 Eid al-Fitr gifts that are ideal for your family and friends.
Capsule collection, Christian Dior
Photo: Courtesy of Dior
Penthère de Cartier cups, Cartier
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Flower of Eternity necklace, Mouawad
Photo: Courtesy of Mouawad
Capsule collection, Off-White
Photo: Courtesy of Off-white
Bouquet, Flowers.ae
Photo: Courtesy of Flowers.ae
Capsule collection, Kurt Geiger
Photo: Courtesy of Kurt Geiger
Floral centerpiece, Forever Rose London
Photo: Courtesy of Forever Rose London
Kaftan, Semsem
Photo: Courtesy of Semsem
Capsule collection, Miu Miu
Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu
Oud candle, Diptyque
Photo: Courtesy of Ounass
Limited-edition three-tier gift box, Brix
Photo: Courtesy of Brix
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Everything to Know About Cartier’s First High Jewelry Exhibition Presented in Diriyah

Everything to Know About Cartier’s First High Jewelry Exhibition Presented in Diriyah

Cartier and Saudi Arabia have had a long-standing history of collaborations. For the newest chapter in the partnership, Cartier presents Al Thara wa Althuraya, its first-ever high jewelry collection, in the Unesco World Heritage Site of Diriyah. An homage to the deep-rooted relationship between Cartier and the Kingdom, the exhibition proudly showcased 40 breathtaking jewelry pieces, some for the first time ever in an exclusive showing from the Cartier Collection, and 200 signature and classic creations from the maison.
Boréale necklace and bracelet, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Bleuets necklace in platinum with sapphire beads, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
The presentation included the exquisite Essaouira collection comprising a 4.17ct white gold necklace, adorned with fluted emerald and chalcedony beads, cabochon-and princess-cut sapphires, square-shaped emerald, onyx, turquoise, and all set with 324 brilliant-cut diamonds. The piece was paired with a ring, bracelet, and earrings with similar gems for a beguiling look. Also part of the showcase was the Solenia collection with a necklace inspired by begonia—a delicate pink-hued flower known for its asymmetrical petals—featuring 18.57ct diamonds. It was coupled with a pair of pendant earrings with the same stunning gems and the stunning addition of purple spinels.
Essaouira earrings, necklace, bracelet, and ring in white gold with chalcedony beads, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Solenia earrings and necklace in platinum with tourmaline, spinels, and pink and white diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Other highlights include the Kalanchoe and Bleuet necklace, and the Boréale collection. The Kalanchoe necklace and earrings are both made of white gold, cabochon-cut light opal from Brazil, brilliant-cut diamonds, rectangular-shaped pink spinels, and green tourmaline beads for a perfect pairing. The floral palette of pink and green are reminiscent of a succulent plant, the main point of inspiration for the high jewelry collection. The Bleuet necklace is crafted using platinum, with brilliant-cut diamonds and sapphire beads and drops evoking a dark azure dream and can be worn past the décolletage for full-on extravagance or for a more subdued look to the collarbones that is just as elegant.
Yellow Emoi earrings and necklace in white gold with yellow sapphires and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Kalanchoe necklace and ring in white gold with opal, pink spinels, tourmalines beads, and diamonds, Cartier. Vogue Arabia, April 2022. Photo: Philipp Jelenska
Like days of pale blue winter skies and white clouds, the Boréale collection evokes polar grandeur with its matching necklace and bracelet of light blue beads and diamonds. Honorable mention goes to the Yellow Emoi collection, which embodies sunshine and vitality in a white gold-curated necklace and matching pendant earrings embellished with bright yellow sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds.
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Videography: Kais DahoulMusic: Taim DahoulStyle: Mohammad Hazem RezqHair: Mona AliMakeup: Hessa AlajajiProduction: Danica ZivkovicLocal producer: Mustafa AlamasiPhotography assistant: Bader AlyousifStyle assistant: Shaimaa HabbalModel: Sophie Al Shehry at Women 360 Management NY

Fatima AlBanawi and Friends of Cartier Celebrate the Spirit of Togetherness This Ramadan

Fatima AlBanawi and Friends of Cartier Celebrate the Spirit of Togetherness This Ramadan

Every year, with the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, we are reminded of the core beliefs that we often neglect. In a short poetic film titled ‘Togetherness is a Jewel’, Cartier is celebrating these very beliefs of togetherness, generosity, sharing, and spending cherished time with those nearest to our hearts.
The film features Saudi actor and filmmaker Fatima AlBanawi reciting the special poem she wrote for the campaign as a tribute to the occasion. To her captivating voice, other friends of the maison such as Abdulla Al Kaabi, Ramla Ali, and Moath Alofi are pictured walking solo in vast desert landscapes before uniting to celebrate together, “like stars around a crescent moon”—an allegory to coming from different pathways to spend time with loved ones in celebration of the spiritual month.
“As Fatima Al-Banawi says so beautifully, this is an important and precious time to come together, to celebrate, and to share treasured moments with loved ones,” says Sophie Doireau, chief executive officer of Cartier for the Middle East, India, and Africa. “Her poem, brought to life by our friends of the maison, serves as a reminder that we are better together, working as one, towards a shared commitment to communities.”
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The Hidden Secrets Behind Your Favorite Fashion Labels

The Hidden Secrets Behind Your Favorite Fashion Labels

Chanel’s 2021/22 Métiers D’art Collection
Ever wondered what were the stories behind the most iconic designs in the world? For years, people have been wearing classic items without really knowing how they came to be, and what exactly their picks mean historically. Some brands, you may have noticed, have developed a clear identity for their most iconic products, in which the source of inspiration can be deciphered easily. Take, for instance, Versace, a fashion house which looks to Medusa for its unmissable logo. Medusa, first found in Greek mythology, made people fall in love with her with no way back. Similarly, Gianni Versace hoped that his creations would have the same effect on the people who wore his clothes.
What’s interesting to note is that the fashion world includes several labels which carry hidden identities and narratives that aren’t known to the public. Coco Chanel’s ‘Premiere’ watch is a great example, as are Celine’s famous ‘Triomphe’ handbags, Fendi’s ‘FF’ logo, and Cartier’s’ ‘Pathere Vendome Armbanduhr’ watch. Lets take a closer, detailed look at what makes these items so special.

Chanel
Photo: Instagram.com/chanel
Art critic Jean-Louis Froment, once stated, “Gabrielle Chanel was a paradox—she extracted beautiful elements from what seemed like a depressed and unhappy stage of her life. Her identity is a mixture of happiness and sadness. I think the paradox in her life gave birth to the contrast of black and white color in her design.” Coco Chanel’s paradoxical nature certainly seems to have come into play when she created the ‘Premiere’ watch. The unconventional design was inspired by Place Vendome, the iconic square in the heart of Paris, where her apartment and atelier were located. This spot was the first and last thing she saw every day for as long as she lived.
Celine
Photo: Instagram.com/celine
While Chanel was inspired by a recurring sight, Céline Vipiana was placed in a slightly different situation. While having her car break down in Paris—right in front of Arc De Triomphe—definitely wasn’t on her schedule, fate did strike the designer at the right time. According to reports, Vipiana was so inspired by the chains surrounding the iconic monument, the double links, which represent two Cs, soon became part of Celine’s house emblem. It’s safe to say that accidents happen for a reason, and sometimes the reason might just be revolutionary.
Cartier
Photo: Instagram.com/cartier
The final hidden secret is Cartier. Louis-Francois Cartiers’ inspiration came from an unorthodox point of view. Serving in the military as a tank driver affected his entire design aesthetic.
The famous Cartier ‘Tank’ watch may not have come into existence if Louis-Francois Cartiers hadn’t served in the military as a tank driver. This iconic watch was inspired by the outer structure of the tank, while the strap of the watch mimics the track and links that can be found under the vehicle.
What’s more, Cartier’s second most-loved timepiece, the ‘Pathere Vendome Armbanduhr’, took its inspiration from the two-man FT-17 tanks employed on the Western Front. “The design is said to mirror a bird’s eye view of the Tank’s small cockpit,” a source reveals.
Fendi
Photo: Instagram.com/fendi
Ever wondered why Fendi’s logo features two Fs? In 1965, Karl Lagerfeld was appointed as the new creative director for the fashion house, and was asked to add a ‘modern touch’ to the brand’s logo. Keeping that in mind, Lagerfeld was able to sketch the ‘FF’ logo in exactly 3 seconds, which stood for ‘Fourrure Folle’, or in other words, ‘fun furs’. While today, the fashion industry no longer supports the usage of fur, at that time, it was a medium that was very much in demand, and Lagerfeld helped push the brand to become one of the top manufacturers.
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Why Cartier’s Latest High Jewelry Collection Will Appeal to Your Sixth Sense

Why Cartier’s Latest High Jewelry Collection Will Appeal to Your Sixth Sense

Tigre Cascade necklace in white gold with obsidian, emerald, onyx, and diamonds, Tigre Cascade ring in white gold with obsidian, emerald, onyx, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Taller Marmo; shoes, Jimmy Choo; hat, scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
In an adept balancing act between the future and the past, Cartier‘s Sixième Sens high jewelry collection has reimagined iconic house styles in new techniques. Aiming to appeal to your sixth sense, the collection of necklaces and rings combines vivid 1,000-year-old stones in unusual textures and colors, and features geometric ornamentations, contrasting textures, and other visual patterns that exhibit optical illusions.
Alaxoa earrings in platinum with emeralds, emerald beads, and diamonds, Alaxoa necklace in platinum with emeralds, emerald beads, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Blumarine; hat, Bonfilio; gloves, scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
The Meride necklace in diamond, onyx, and rock crystal creates a hypnotic checkerboard pattern, while the Alaxoa necklace’s emerald beads and diamonds are carefully arranged to caress the skin. Meanwhile, the Parhelia ring is a nod to Cartier’s classic peacock motif with a 21.51ct sapphire cabochon surrounded by five semi-circles of radiant diamonds and emeralds that fan out from each side of the center stone. It can also be worn as a brooch, enabling quick multifunctionality. A touch of black lacquer creates shadow effects to reinforce the impression of movement in the ring.
Pixelage necklace in yellow gold with topaz, onyx, and yellow, orange, and white diamonds, Cartier; dress, Michael Kors Collection; scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
Described by Cartier as a “stylized play on the feline’s coat,” the Pixelage necklace, true to its name, reflects another consistent theme in the collection: pixelation. Adopting digital imagery as a new way to interpret the classic house motif of a panther’s fur, the spots on the piece are created in a puzzle of polished topaz, onyx, and white and colored diamonds.
Sharkara necklace in white gold with pink tourmalines, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier; dress, Taller Marmo; gloves, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
With variations of the same tone unlike most of the other pieces of the collection, the Sharkara necklace brings together tourmalines and colored sapphires in rosy hues, illuminated by bright orange garnets and diamonds and balancing a geometry of straight lines, curves, squares, and spheres. The collection also celebrates the diamond with the Coruscant necklace, which features six different cuts (kite, octagonal, emerald, triangle, baguette, and brilliant), each reflecting light from a different angle. Three stones stand out from the rest: a 3ct kite, a 1.62ct octagon, and a 1.54ct emerald-shaped diamond.
Udyana necklace in platinum with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds, Cartier; coat, A. Teodoro; hat, Bonfilio; scarf, stylist’s own. Photographed by Nima Benati
After a long absence of in-person presentations, Cartier unveiled the high jewelry collection at an exclusive event in Lake Como, Italy. Attending guests included Egyptian actor Yasmine Sabri, Lebanese actor Nadine Labaki, and Saudi filmmaker Fatima Al Banawi.
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Style: Gaia Fraschini Makeup: Greta Agazzi Production: Danica ZivkovicSenior fashion market editor: Amine Jreissati Model: Rawdah Mohamed Style assistant: Greta TedeschiPhotography assistants: Luca Trelancia, Massimo Fusardi

8 Gleaming Green Dresses to Channel Yasmine Sabri in Lake Como, Italy

8 Gleaming Green Dresses to Channel Yasmine Sabri in Lake Como, Italy

Yasmine Sabri in Nicolas Jebran. Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Fresh, leafy, lush, verdant. These are some of the words that come to mind when you think of the color green. Associated with peace, fertility and growth, or even the current raging trend of cottagecore that has got the internet in a chokehold, this earthy, versatile tone revitalizes your wardrobe with a pop of color like no other, and is the go-to shade to grab as Egyptian actor and former Vogue Arabia cover star Yasmine Sabri proved during her recent appearance in Lake Como, Italy. To celebrate Cartier’s new high jewelry collection, Sixième Sens par Cartier, the star opted for an off-the-shoulder emerald gown by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.
While there are plenty of colors making a comeback this year, green is simply too hard to ignore. You can spot it in the spring collections of designers including Bottega Veneta, The Attico, and Balenciaga in a range of shades from Kelly green to bold, electric hues.
But, how familiar does reaching out for a deep emerald green gown sound right before heading out for sunset drinks or fancy brunch? Whether it’s a high-octane sweetheart neck you need to sport, an asymmetrically sleeved pullover, or a glittery backless midi, our favorite brands Dolce and Gabbana, Tom Ford and regional designer Zuhair Murad have got our backs for every social emergency out there.
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Meet the Designer Behind the Iconic Cartier Watches Loved by Bella Hadid and Princess Diana

Meet the Designer Behind the Iconic Cartier Watches Loved by Bella Hadid and Princess Diana

Creative director of watchmaking Marie-Laure Cérède tells Vogue what makes her tick as she unveils her new designs for the 174-year-old brand.
Bella Hadid. Photo: Getty
A surprising fact about Marie-Laure Cérède, Cartier’s creative director of watchmaking, is that she never wears her wristwatch set to the right time. “It’s a creative statement,” she tells Vogue. “I don’t want my Cartier watch to tell me the time. My time is busy, and this is an object of grace and beauty.” Her words echo that of artist Andy Warhol, who was rarely seen without his Cartier Tank, of which he once said: “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually, I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear.”
Watches created by the 174-year-old maison, which first began as a jeweler, have long adorned the wrists of the stylish and influential, from Princess Diana (Tank Solo) and Michelle Obama (Tank Française) to Dua Lipa and Bella Hadid (both Panthère de Cartier fans). And Cérède is charged with building on that legacy, which can be traced back to 1904 – when Louis Cartier first created a watch with a leather strap for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont.
At the Watches and Wonders trade show (7 to 13 April) in Geneva, Switzerland, Cartier unveiled several new designs including the particularly innovative and achingly chic SolarBeat Tank Must (the maison’s first solar-powered watch), complete with non-animal leather strap. We caught up with Cérède over Zoom during this year’s digital event to find out what makes her tick.
Dua Lipa. Photo: Getty
What initiated your fascination with horology and watch design?
“I like watchmaking because there is a complexity to it. You need to express your creativity, but there are technical constraints; you have to respect the movement, the technical requirements of the material, all the while freeing your way of thinking. I find this tension between savoir-faire and creation really interesting.”
Do you remember who gave you your first watch?
“Me! Not long after I joined Cartier, there was a staff sale, which made things much more affordable [laughs]. I bought a Tank Divan, which has a beautiful horizontal case.”
What’s the most important aspect of your job?
“On the one hand, we have the unrivalled treasure of the archives, and on the other, we have to build the vocabulary of tomorrow. Cartier was a jeweller before it was a watchmaker, so we need to make watches with the same audacity as jewellery. This connection with the past, of mastering the heritage, is very important.”
Michelle Obama. Photo: Getty
And how do you do that – honour the maison’s heritage as you take it into its next chapter?
“Looking at the archives and being inspired by them is part of our daily lives. But we don’t stop there – whenever we launch an Icon [a collection that brings together Cartier’s most enduring designs], we look at how we can improve it, from the technical components to the sustainability standards. For instance, for the Tank Must we inserted a photovoltaic movement [a panel that converts sunlight to electrical energy] and equipped it with a non-leather strap.
“For the new Cloche designs [of which there are six], we looked at every version that had ever been made since it became a wristwatch over one hundred years ago and rotated its bell-shaped case 90 degrees, so you can set it on a nightstand or desk. We decided to equip some of the versions with a Roman numerals skeleton movement.”
Where do you go to find inspiration?
“I grew up in Gabon, Central Africa, so I’m drawn to nature’s colours, especially exotic flora and fauna such as porcelain rose and bougainvillaea, as well as gems – fine stones such as Paraiba tourmaline with its neon-blue hues, which reminds me of a lagoon, and watermelon tourmaline.
“I love contemporary furniture and decor for its noble and living materials – woodwork, natural stone and handmade fabrics. I often go to auctions of Italian furniture and seek out pieces by Tobia Scarpa, Gae Aulenti, Driade and Pulpo. And the central philosophy of wabi-sabi – ‘beauty lies in imperfection’ – really resonates with me.
“Beautiful writing also inspires me. For example What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt [Sceptre, 2003], The Lovers by Alice Ferney [Atlantic, 2003], Sur les Chemins Noirs by Sylvain Tesson [Gallimard, 2016] and Disturbance by Philippe Lançon [Europa Editions, 2019].
“And contemporary art. I particularly enjoy the Taglialatella Galleries, with its works by the likes of Kouka, Lucas Ribeyron and Ivan Messac.”
Princess Diana. Photo: Getty
What makes a watch design truly great?
“It’s easy to make something beautiful. What is not easy is to remove all the decorative details, and keep only the essentials. I always tell my team that a Cartier creation should be a signature in a single stroke. It’s all about emotion.”
Do you have any muses?
“I have more passions than I have muses. To think in terms of muse could limit my creativity.”
You’ve worked for Cartier since 2002, in which time smartphones have become an integral part of our lives – how has technology impacted your job?
“Today, the function of a watch is not only to tell the time. We have so many things – a smartphone, as you say – to tell us the time. So a Cartier watch is a way to assert your aesthetic identity; it’s a declaration of beauty, self-expression and uniqueness rather than simply an instrument to tell the time.”
Your work revolves around time – how do you manage your own time effectively and find a healthy work/life balance?
“Although I’m a mother of three kids, I have no trouble with the work/life balance because my work is a passion and part of myself. It’s quite natural for my kids to see me as a mother and a creative person – it’s quite fluid. Creative people always think about creation, there isn’t a moment to create and a moment to not create. Sometimes you see something in your own time and you form a new idea.”
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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