CARTIER IN MOTION AT THE DESIGN MUSEUM
Exploring Cartier’s creative links with the history of flight and design in the early 20th century is at the core of the Cartier in Motion show, housed at the new Design Museum in London and curated by Norman Foster and by the museum’s director, Dejan Sudjic. It runs until July 28, 2017.
With 170 unique pieces, the exhibit offers and insightful and highly-detailed look at how Louis Cartier experimented with the new technologies and at how he was involved and inspired by the forward-thinkers of the time, namely pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, for whom he designed one of the world’s first wristwatches, and renowned engineer Gustave Eiffel.
There are multiple versions of the Tank, the watch that Cartier designed after seeing a WWI Renault tank. For the record, Kim Kardashian secured Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank watch for a whopping $379,500 at a recent auction, making it the most expensive Cartier Tank ever sold.
“Louis Cartier and his close circle of friends, who were part of the avant-garde in Paris in the beginning of the twentieth century, personified the beginning of the modern age with its emphasis on motion, speed and flight. Cartier’s interest in aircraft, cars and boats inspired many of his classic designs and marked the birth of the men’s wristwatch as we know it today,” says Norman Foster.