Anyone who has ever stopped in their tracks because of a shiny, decorative object – be it a timepiece or a piece of jewellery – in a store window knows that beauty is a thoroughly emotional experience. In an op-ed for The New York Times in 2013, American architect Lance Hosey wrote, “Brain scan studies reveal that the sight of an attractive product can trigger the part of the motor cerebellum that governs hand movement.

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Instinctively, we reach out for attractive things; beauty literally moves us.” fashion & watches Named Sixieme Sens (sixth sense in French), Cartier’s latest high-jewellery collection focuses on the “unique emotional power” of this exalted art form. The pieces evoke distant lands and represent abstractions of reality. To bring to life designs that wow the viewer – even if they cannot articulate why – the house’s artisans skilfully combine stones that are thousands of years old using specialist techniques and their time-honed creativity.

In this collection, there’s almost always more than meets the eye. When viewed directly from the front, for instance, the Meride necklace looks like a flat necklace with a chequerboard pattern, formed from diamonds, onyx and rock crystal. However, get closer, and you’ll notice the fluidity and three-dimensionality of this statement piece – qualities made possible by mounting the various elements on different levels. Equally impressive is the fact that the necklace looks the same when viewed from the back. Consider us awed.

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Other evocative Sixieme Sens standouts.