Luxury jewellery and watchmaker Cartier reinvigorates its iconic house styles with optical illusions and graphic patterns in Sixième Sens. Recreating hues and symmetry of the natural world, from flavoursome berries to landscapes of shifting sand slopes, this seven-piece collection is deeply stimulating with sumptuous visual and tactile elements. However, it also ignites a sense of curiosity and adventure that has laid dull and dormant in the last year and a half.
For example, from a distance, the Meride necklace is a hypnotic, two-dimensional checkerboard of diamonds, onyx and rock crystal. However, upon closer inspection, one will notice that each element of the mosaic is mounted on a different level, which lends to the illusion of perpetual moment. A true testament to their technical expertise, the back of the necklace is also an exact reverse of the front.
As an ode to the famous peacock motif that decorated iconic pieces in the 1920s, Cartier also introduces the Parhelia ring, with a seductive blue 21.51-carat, cabochon-cut sapphire mounted on a diamond and emerald-encrusted frame, resembling the ever-watching eye of a peacock feather.
Another ring that channels that '20s opulence is the Phaan ring is a kaleidoscopic manipulation of light with tiers of glimmering rose-cut diamonds and oval rubies holding a precious 8.2-carat ruby.