Carole Forestier-Casapi On "male" Work In Cartier

Carole Forestier-Casapi On "male" Work In Cartier
Carole Forestier-Casapi On "male" Work In Cartier
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- For over ten years you have been head of engineering at Cartier. Was it difficult to enter this narrow circle in which exclusively men rule?

- Difficult - not the right word! This world is very conservative, very technical and very masculine - there are no women in it. Of course, women work at the manufactory, but they are rather busy with production and assembly. Only men work in the technical department. And this situation remains practically unchanged. In any case, not at all with the speed with which the world is evolving.

- Do you know women from other companies who would hold a similar position?

- No, I do not know.

- Why did you decide from the very beginning to devote yourself to the male profession?

- I have a great passion for my work. And I would not at all want to be told: "You have no right to do this business." The problem is that I still have to prove what I am capable of, to convince that I rightfully occupy this place, that I can work on an equal basis with men.

- Why does this world of watchmaking belong to men?

- Everything related to technology is traditionally in their possession. Take any tech industry - automotive concept development, microtechnology, engineering - women don't belong there. This is how our culture works: such professions do not attract the weaker sex. What a pity! Because women could be great to enrich, for example, the watch industry. The more there are different views and points of view, the more voluminous and richer the watch world could become, its creative component.

"I still have to prove that I can work on an equal basis with men."

- What is the fundamental difference between the male and female approach in your profession?

- It's hard to say, but in our manufacture I look at many things in my own way, my eyes and sensory perception are arranged differently. At the same time, there are quite a few male colleagues around with whom you need to communicate and cooperate. This is very difficult!

- There is something of masochism in this …

- Sometimes I think so too (laughs). Fortunately, my passion for what I love is extremely strong! She outweighs.

- You create complex and beautiful things mainly for men. Do you regret that women don't wear elaborate Cartier watches?

- No, I don’t regret it. I'm already used to creating for men, so this is not a problem.

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Photo: sihh press service

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- Do you yourself wear the men's Grande Complication watch?

- No, I rarely wear a watch, and even during SIHH I do without it. But sometimes, as a test, I have to wear male models in order to experience some “male” emotions or feelings.

- Have modern clocks become more complicated?

- In general, yes. In the 1970s, the chronograph was the king of complications, the tourbillon in the 2000s, and now the repeater is considered the most complex function.

- The repeater function is also found in one of the latest innovations. By the way, why was the L'Heure Mystérieuse concept chosen for this year's complex watches?

- Now we are trying to work more in the Cartier paradigm, using the maximum of corporate codes and recognizable brand symbols. That is why we turned to the famous Cartier know-how - the “mystical watch” L'Heure Mystérieuse. Among the novelties there is a skeleton watch with large Roman numerals and the most complicated model - the Mystérieuse double tourbillon with a minute repeater. The watch combines two serious complications, while remaining rather thin, only 11.15 mm.

Carole Forestier-Casapi, Head of Research and Development, Cartier
Carole Forestier-Casapi, Head of Research and Development, Cartier

Carole Forestier-Casapi, Head of Research and Development, Cartier © Cartier Press Office

- Are women's watches with the panther's signature motif related to the same “paradigm”?

- Yes. In 1983 the designers were tasked with taking inspiration from the men's Santos watch and creating a women's model, today we have revived the aesthetics of the early 1980s and offered women a square shape, which has not been in our range for a long time.

- You were born in Paris, but have long lived and worked in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Who are you, French or Swiss?

- Of course, the Frenchwoman! The French are more firm in their opinion, declarative and demanding. The Swiss are more accommodating and modest.>

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