The Cartier High Jewelry Koinobori Secret watch is a unique creation from the celebrated French maison. Launched in Hong Kong last year at Watches & Wonders, the region’s premier watch event, this one-of-a-kind bracelet holds a beautiful secret: a hidden watch dial.
For this latest piece, Cartier found inspiration in traditional Japanese culture. An allegory of the passing of time, an ocean wave inspired the brand to create the high jewellery Koinoboru secret watch, where the balletic journey of carps is depicted, as in a traditional Japanese painting. Koinobori, literally means “carp streamer” in Japanese. The carp-shaped wind socks are flown as a tradition in Japan to celebrate the Tango no sekku festival.
The 18-carat white-gold cuff is formed using sixteen oval-cut rubies from Mozambique, each nearly one carat, totalling 16.66 carats. The rubies gleam brightly amongst the sparkling tide of diamonds on the bracelet.
A striking feat of design, Cartier’s master craftsmen spent around one thousand hours in the creation of the piece. The Koinobori Secret watch evokes the continuous and regular movement of a river.
A small hidden clasp, when pressed, reveals the watch dial. The watch sits comfortably and elegantly on the wrist and feels wonderfully sophisticated.
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