MODEL: 2536 / WJ117051
CASE DIAMETER: 35.5mm
CASE MATERIAL: 18K WHITE GOLD
BRACELET MATERIAL: LEATHER
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In the early 2000s Cartier set out to make an edition of watches using the ever-special Pasha de Cartier as its base. The theme was a celebration of Ancient China, featuring a bold, fierce and elegantly powerful depiction of a Phoenix - whose origins can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian Mythology; the Phoenix being inspired by Ra - the Sun God - and Osiris - the God of the Underworld.
A one-of-only-twenty Cartier ‘Pasha de Cartier’ which features a ‘Cloisonné’ dial, Pavé set Diamond bezel, Diamond-capped screwable crown cover with security link, sweeping central seconds, a glazed display caseback, 18ct White Gold ‘Lozenge’ hands, White Gold Deployant Clasp and the straight-line escapement featuring Calibre 311B.
An impressive spec sheet for any watch, but for us the standout feature of this somewhat mystical reference has to be the Cloisonné dial. Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects with coloured materials - or in this case ‘Vitreous Enamel’ - a material made by fusing powdered glass to substrate by an intense firing of 850 degrees. The dial is ‘coloured-in’ in a very unique way; by adding compartments (‘Cloisons’ in French) usually with metal or gold strips of wire, fused directly to the base of the dial, and then using the enamel powder, which is made into a paste, filling the spaces between.
This effect, aside from being utterly stunning, also leaves subtle evidence of the handmade process thanks to its light brushed texture, a consequence of the application method of the paste. The exact origins of this stunning technique may be disputed, but that doesn’t stop the appreciation of what is truly an art piece for the wrist. With the reassuring weight of the White Gold case, paired with the Pave set bezel, this watch straddles the Unisex line perfectly, a true statement piece for dressier occasions and an exceedingly rare addition to any collection.
This example, numbered 12/20, comes with a brand-new and unworn Cartier leather strap.