When Aldo Cipullo declared his love for the humble hardware store back in the 70s, creating the groundbreaking LOVE and Juste un Clou jewellery collections, it was only time before Cartier revealed a new design featuring something hardware-related. And time it did take till they found the perfect accompaniment to the Juste en Clou, with the all new Écrou de Cartier collection that just made its debut in Singapore.
Don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple bracelet, which at first glance just looks like a circle-shaped bolt adorned with 6 nuts. Give it a thought and try answering these questions? How is it completely seamless from end to end without a clasp showing? How would you open the bracelet to wear it on your wrist? Just how did they do it?
Well, one of the nuts (one of two that’s affixed permanently to the bracelet’s body) actually holds the secret to opening the bracelet. There’s a small clasp near the nut that you can press to unlock the mechanism, allowing the bracelet to be pulled open. Next, just slip it onto your wrist, bring both ends together till you hear a ‘click’ and it’s secured.
Another feat that one can marvel over is the fact that the four nuts in the middle of the bracelet can be moved; you can twist them up or down the elongated bolt body that’s been curved into a perfectly round shape. Which can be truly therapeutic if you think about it, especially when that tedious meeting with the Boss never seems to end.
In other words, genius doesn’t come close to describing the Écrou de Cartier’s design that comes in 6 different sizes, ranging from 15 cm to 20 cm. The perfect blend of form meeting function, the bracelet has been exclusively launched in Cartier’s Ngee Ann City boutique, which also happens to be the first boutique in Southeast Asia and Australia to offer this collection. Priced at SGD9100 and SGD9750 for Pink Gold and White Gold bracelets respectively, they will also be the best thing to add onto your #wristparty because more is definitely more. With that said, however, do go nuts and bolt down to Cartier stat because they are only available in limited quantities.
Images: Bagaholicboy & Cartier