Cartier Icons: A Short History On The Juste un Clou

CATEGORIES:Jewelry & Watches

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If you’ve been an avid reader of Bagaholicboy, Cartier’s iconic Juste un Clouwould be no stranger to you. Thing is, do you know how the humble nail became one of the French luxury house’s signature pieces of jewellery? Well, read on to find out.

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The man who designed Cartier’s LOVE also designed the Juste un Clou, and he was Aldo Cipullo, a jewellery designer who joined the company in 1969. Professing a love for all things bolts, nuts and screws (he even said once the hardware store was his second home), the Juste un Clou was created 3 years later in 1971 and inspired by the humble nail. But in the hands of Aldo Cipullo, the most common of hardware essentials was masterfully turned into something that was (and still is) equal parts desirable and irresistible.

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Cool, edgy and sexy, the Juste un Clou became one of the standout icons of the 1970s, all thanks to Cipullo who had pioneered a new trend in fashion for precious jewellery inspired by modern machines and their parts. The beauty of the Juste un Clou ultimately lies in its wearability; you can wear it with almost anything dressed up or down as you pleased.

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It is also a piece of jewellery that men can pull off, being a piece that’s chunky and sizeable in all the right places. Great for him, and for her, that’s true versatility, and coupled with the fact that it has transcended trends and time, the Juste un Clou is an icon in its own right, and deservedly so.

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Cartier Love Ring In Ceramic, Diamonds & Gold

CATEGORIES:Jewelry & Watches

cartier_love-ring-ceramic-diamonds-goldAlready an icon in its own right, writing most anything about Cartier’s Love collection would be pointless since it’s already loved and adored by one and all. But because this post concerns Cartier’s new Love ring in ceramic, diamonds and gold, I thought it apt to run it here.

Recently released in Singapore and already garnering fans of its own, what’s most special about the new rings is the fact that they can be worn together or separately. Yes, you guessed it, the ring is actually comprised of 3 individual pieces, and as the name suggests, one band in the gold of your choice (pink, or white gold), another band in ceramic (black, or brown ceramic) and lastly, a third band in gold that’s also set with sparkling diamonds.

Priced at SGD7150 and SGD7600 (the one in white gold is a tad pricier), it’s like getting 3 rings for the price of one. Or one ring that actually comes apart and makes 3. Seriously, I’m delirious, so please excuse me while I go fan myself.

cartier_love-bracelet-rose-gold-diamondsFor those of you who like me, feel that such delicate rings just don’t sit pretty enough on your fingers, you could consider the Cartier Love Bracelet in pink gold and set with diamonds. Priced at SGD18,500 for a total of 10 diamonds encircling the circumference of the bracelet, the icing on the cake is probably the fact that it comes with its very own solid gold screwdriver that you’ll need to put on or take off the bracelet.

Personally, I’ll be content with the plain yellow gold one (sans diamonds, of course) that sells for SGD7740, but that’s just me. What are you eyeing next from Cartier?

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Cartier Jeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods Collection

CATEGORIES:Other Brands

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection1You could say I’m biased, but having already previewed Cartier’s full collection ofJeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods way back in February in Paris, there’s nothing I don’t personally adore with the exception of a few details, but that’s just me being me. All in all, it’s a great collection that’s nothing like you’ve ever seen Cartier do before in terms of bags, and that’s saying a lot especially if you’re familiar with their existing offerings.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection3But that’s all in the past. Which in some serendipitous way is how Creative Director of Accessories Marlin Yuson drew inspiration from this collection. Paying homage to a great lady who was an important creative force at Cartier for many years, you’ll see many subtle details from the archives: from jewelled clasps to the design of the chain sling incorporated into contemporary styles that are not only beautiful, but are also pretty functional as well.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection2On the left, the Jeanne Toussaint Chain Bag, on the right, the Jeanne Toussaint Asymmetric Clutch

The collection isn’t a huge one either, just 3 distinct styles that come in various sizes with emphasis on the quality of the leather as well as the finer details (which I’m fussy about), from the stitching (I’ve checked) to the way the clasps open and close (I’ve checked those too) to how everything feels and works (I tried them all out, weighing each bag mentally, posing with the bags in the mirror, much to the amusement of everyone related to the collection who was at 13 Rue de la Paix that day).

There is the Tote Bag, which comes in 3 variations, one with an additional zip compartment at the bottom, great for swopping out your heels for flats after a long day day at work, the regular Tote Bag that’s great for work, as well as the Mini Tote Bagthat’s just 29.5 tall cm by 21.5 cm wide and as cute as a button.

Then there’s the Chain Bag, the elegant work companion that you can wear 3 ways. Featuring a front flap with killer detailing as far as the hardware is concerned, this is the one that looks set to be a classic in her own right.

Last but not least, my personal favourite and the one bag boys can also pull off confidently from the Jeanne Toussaint FLG collection. Simply known as the Asymmetric Clutch, I like to think of it as the kind of clutch old men bring to casinos but loads more contemporary and stylish, and one that won’t look out of place most anywhere.

I could go on and on, but because I’m not a fan of posts that go on forever and a day (there will be more updates as far as the individual styles are concerned, so hang in there), I’ll just leave you with one of the new videos celebrating this collection, and a reminder to make a mental note to visit Cartier soon where the bags are already available. Or you could just head online and check out the full range (and their respective prices) for yourself.

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