Very Endearing

The Maillon: Cartier’s Twist on the Feminine Bracelet

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.

By Chloé Redler
The Maillon de Cartier is a perfect illustration of Cartier’s know-how in the creation of form watches.

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.

Sculptural, the Maillon bracelet adopts a particular twist which allows its elements to create a new volume.
Cartier has designed a hexagonal case that fits perfectly with the aesthetic movement imprinted by the Maillon bracelet.

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).

Pink gold, yellow gold, white gold, with or without diamonds, the Maillon de Cartier plays on precious materials.
Two special editions in a limited series transform the Maillon into pieces of fine jewelry: fifty pieces in yellow gold, diamonds and black lacquer dial or twenty pieces in white gold, diamonds, tsavorites and lacquer.

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.

Sculptural, the Maillon in yellow gold.

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.

On the Maillon de Cartier in white gold, the incomparable brilliance of the diamonds brightens up the twisted movement of the bracelet
Ultra feminine, the Maillon de Cartier is a real gem that tells the time.
Sublime, the pink gold version houses a bezel set with diamonds.

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.