The Maillon: Cartier’s Twist on the Feminine Bracelet

Published : 06/29/2020

Cartier’s new feminine creation is undeniably a highly original reinterpretation of the men’s bracelet. Hyper-structured and incredibly stylish, the Maillon is a wristwatch that fascinates by the strength of its design, and its softness unmistakably seduces the wearer.


The Maillon was created by the Cartier Watchmaking Creative Studio with the intention of following the architectural design and frank, direct lines of the so-called shaped watches tradition that is held dear by the Maison. Inspired by the traditional gourmet watch, this instrument is a true jewel that tells the time. It is sculptural and appeals through the novel, highly graphic twist the designers and engineers applied to its rectangular links. It took a year of research and thirty-five prototypes to rise to the challenge and perfect this timepiece. The idea was to merge the watch’s hexagonal case with its twisted links in order to keep a homogeneous whole, all the while ensuring flexibility and lightness on the wrist.

It was a mission accomplished for Cartier, and the company made the Maillon available in five different hues, all animated by a Swiss Made quartz movement that plays on the three possible shades of gold and on the use of diamonds. The Maison also offers two limited editions: one in yellow gold, diamonds and black lacquer dial (50 pieces) and the other in white gold, diamonds, tsavorites and blue lacquer (20 pieces).

This polished yellow-gold edition is the purest of all, and is also the one that remains most faithful to Cartier’s identity codes by combining a crown topped with a blue sapphire cabochon, black Roman numerals, and sword-shaped hands in blued steel.

There is, however, a small diverging detail that will not have escaped the more piercing eye: the Maillon is one of the very few watches of the Maison that does not conceal Cartier’s secret signature—which is traditionally hidden in one of the Roman numerals on the dial.

Both original and elegant, the Maillon is a work of pure creation which carries a strong power of seduction. Moreover, this model benefits from the Cartier Care programme which includes exclusive services, and an eight-year-long international guarantee.


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