Cartier Maillon de Cartier: Singapore Price And Review

Cartier scores with its latest bracelet watch for women.

Cartier Mallion de Cartier

Watch lovers who are wont to bemoan the lack of creativity or freshness in their list of to-buys ought to consider casting their sights to Cartier. If there is one thing that the French maison has a good track record of, it is its knack for coming up with instantly identifiable shapes and profiles for its timepieces. And from the get-go, the new Maillon de Cartier ranks among Cartier’s most captivating designs, radiating as much individuality and as it does glamour.

Cartier Mallion de Cartier

Just like the many iconic Cartier watches that came before – think Santos, Tank, Ballon Bleu, Baignoire, and so many more – the Mallion de Cartier's best virtue card is its distinctive look. The style is decidedly retro and flamboyant, even reminding us of the thick gold chains that 1980s hip hop artists used to flaunt – albeit repurposed in this instance for high-powered ladies who demand presence in their wrist statements.

Cartier Mallion de Cartier

A watch designed for the sum to be greater than its parts, the Maillon de Cartier features an intriguing ‘twisted’ bracelet that melds into the similarly ‘bent’ case; the former featuring off-set and diagonally aligned chain-links, while the latter flaunts a skewed hexagonal profile. Seamless, dynamic and geometrical all at once, the Maillon de Cartier exudes a certain unruliness amid its components’ calculated construction and fastidiously arranged angles. The result is a flowy, voluminous and thoroughly Cartier-esque piece of accessory.

Cartier Mallion de Cartier

While the Maillon de Cartier offers something fresh with its profile, the watch is anchored by familiar house signatures, such as the blued hands and Roman indexes, to render it unmistakably Cartier. Also unquestionably Cartier is the variety of choices available within the collection to suit different moods and occasions. Though currently available in only one size – 16mm x 17mm case – the quartz collection comes in six references that include white, pink and yellow gold models with gem-set options spanning diamond-set bezels to full diamond-paved pieces. For those who are after something more exclusive, there is a version in yellow gold with black lacquered dial, set with diamonds on the case and bracelet, which is limited to 80 pieces.

Cartier Mallion de Cartier

 Case

16mm x 17 mm white gold, pink gold or yellow gold with gem-set options

 Dial

Silver or black lacquer (limited edition)

 Movement

Quartz

 Strap 

White gold, pink gold or yellow gold with gem-set options

 Functions

Hours, minutes

 Price

From S$34,600 (yellow gold without diamonds)

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