Crystal chandeliers play prism to soft light illuminating silks and satins resting on elegant shoulders cascading to a polished marble floor. Champagne glasses clink amidst soft laughter and piano plays beyond rouge drapes. Slender wrist rests upon broad shoulder encircled by a diamond encrusted Délices de Cartier timepiece. May Dreams Come True.
The attraction of this collection is the intriguing twisted shape of the dial and sweeping bezel like the lines of a painter making his first sweeping brush strokes on a blank canvas. In fact the watch was designed by a student of fine arts, Arnaud Chastaingt, - see video below. Cartier signature Roman Numerals accommodates to the curving lines of the dial providing for a wonderful Alice in Wonderland distortion of perceptions.
Délices de Cartier in English means Delights of Cartier. Cartier initially obtained a "wordmark' for it in 2005 for its new fruity fragrance, which I must say is wildly popular (below).
The Délices de Cartier timepiece, revealed at the SIHH 2011, resembles a twisted candy hinting at something sweet and delicious within.
Available in three different sizes: Small (31.53mm x 36.07mm), large (38.39mm x 43.81mm) and extra-large (49.18mm x 50.47mm). My only personal grievance, which is highly subjective, is that the movement is quartz. I understand the slim fluid look of the watch works better with quartz, but it still evokes a certain longing for a delight in the "candy" as well as the "wrapper." It is always a delight though, when a watch company unveils a entirely new design evoking a passionate response which can only be the makings of a legacy.