The iconic Cartier panther is revealed in an instant in a feat of watchmaking magic that conjures the hourglass, an eternal allegory of the passage of time.
Awakening the sunken treasures of our lives
Water is essential to any form of life and symbolises the perpetual cycle of existence, just as drops of water become rivers and then seas and oceans, before evaporating skywards and being reborn as rain.
With the new Nethuns diver’s watch, named after Neptune, the Etruscan god of the sea, Daniel Strom takes us on a voyage to 20,000 leagues beneath the sea, or rather a depth of 200 metres. On this occasion, the philosopher-watchmaker is welcoming horological complications into its Agonium collection, of which Nethuns is the 5th opus.
The flying tourbillon housed in its titanium carriage at 6 o’clock appears to be literally floating on air, released from the effects of gravity… even when diving to 200 metres! A delightfully offbeat way of recalling the vanity of our existence, viewed as merely a passage before the start of a new cycle.
Its fleeting nature makes life even more precious, as reflected in the imposing pink gold case of this fantastic dream-travelling machine.
The jeweller’s hand conjures up the retro-futuristic world of Jules Verne, complete with rivets, bolts, and even a submarine hatch door wheel at 9 o’clock to adjust the inner diving scale, complete with an ingenious device preventing any accidental handling. Or how to plunge to the heart of myths and legends backed by all the security one would expect from a Swiss haute horlogerie creation.
Mechanical self-winding, Vaucher Manufacture AGO-3024 flying tourbillon calibre, variable-inertia balance wheel, twin barrel, 18K gold oscillating weight, 28,800 vph.
Hours, minutes, seconds, flying tourbillon.
18K pink gold, 54 x 48 mm (without the two screw-lock crowns), cambered glare proofed sapphire crystal, inner diving bezel activated via the 9 o’clock crown, curved case-back, water-resistant to 200 metres (20 bar / 666 ft).
Hand-guilloché black, luminescent hands and hour-markers.
Black rubber or alligator with hand-crafted 18K gold buckle.
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