THE MAISON DES MÉTIERS D’ART

Preserve, innovate and share exceptional expertise: This is the mission of the Maison des Métiers d’Art, situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds next to the Cartier Manufacture. The work carried out here looks back as much to the past - in search of techniques, method and renderings - as it does to the future when creating new crafts or adapting tools and practices to new requirements.

The art of metalwork belongs to Cartier's founding craft: jewelry. Gold filigree, gold bead granulation and engraving can be found in the Maison's repertoire of expertise. These practices are mastered today by a new generation of Cartier artisans.

At La Chaux-de-Fonds, a master enameler becomes an expert in traditional techniques such as cloisonné, champlevé, plique-à-jour and grisaille enamel, as well as techniques that the Maison des Métiers d’Art has developed or revived like gold paste enameling, filigree enameling or enamel granulation, which differs from other enameling techniques due to the fact that the balls are created using a blowtorch, not a kiln. It takes almost 30 hours to create an enameled dial. The piece needs to be put in the kiln 10 to 15 times to obtain the different shades.

Marquetry is the art of assembling tiny pieces of wood, straw or other materials, each with their own distinct color and shape, to create a precise design. Complex work that requires dexterity and precise movements, it takes around 50 hours to create a marquetry dial. On average, 200 pieces of straw or wood are needed to recreate the designer’s vision.

Preserve, innovate and share exceptional expertise: This is the mission of the Maison des Métiers d’Art, situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds next to the Cartier Manufacture.