On the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival Monica Bellucci, Cannes Film Festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies, chose Cartier High Jewelry collection. She wore a pair of earrings in platinum set with two briolette-cut diamonds totalling 6.07 carats as well as a necklace in platinum set with seven briolette-cut diamonds totalling 19.50 carats, yellow briolette-cut diamonds, yellow pear-shaped diamonds, onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds.
That was obviously the square watch in steel with yellow gold lunette and metal bracelet with yellow gold screws. It had been hot like hell and turned into the most copied watch. It was likewise that opinion that made me interested in the history of the brand, since the dealer told me that the layout was inspired from the very first men’s wristwatch, launched by Cartier in 1904. So you can imagine that it didn’t take long before I became obsessed with chains generally, particularly with Cartier.At that time watch forums were just becoming popular, see magazines were rare and watch blogs like Fratello and Hodinkee did not exist yet. Everybody brought a few pieces in their collection and with loads of beer and wine, we chatted about the several versions until late in the evening. But always the very same brands got all of the attention and for me it was quite frustrating that you just paid attention to my Cartier watches, to be polite. The term ETA was always mentioned as if those were poor movements and too often I heard quotes like; ‘my spouse would love them!’