CARTIER’s new Ballon Bleu De Cartier Floral-Marquetry Parrot timepiece

Cartier employs a new craft in watchmaking: floral marquetry, which adorns and enlivens the dial of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier 42 mm watch. Making the ephemeral eternal takes time. A multitude of minute operations follow one after the other in  Cartier’s Floral-Marquetry Parrot: the flower petals are gathered and colored, each petal is then stuck onto a thin piece of wood and cut into the desired shape using a marquetry saw.

Each flower is methodically taken apart and laid out on a wood board to be cut into the shapes that form the plumage of the macaw. Using a marquetry saw, the petals are cut with thoughtful precision and then finely shaped into individual ‘feathers’.