Cartier in Motion

the DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON - Cartier in Motion

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Cartier in Motion

Exhibition from 25 May to 28 July 2017

Curated by Norman Foster, the exhibition Cartier in Motion explores the creativity of Cartier and design.

In telling the story of Cartier watchmaking and the invention of the modern wristwatch, Foster factors in the determining role of the sea change in society at the turn of the 20th century. Amidst upheavals in art, architecture, travel and lifestyles, the traces of a new world could be glimpsed.

The 170 exhibits are primarily pieces from the Cartier Collection as well as loans from the Collection of the Monaco Princely Palace Collection, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget airport and the Rockefeller Center in New York. Extracts from a scrapbook found in the Cartier Archives complement the exhibits with insights into the research work of designers at the Maison.

The exhibition explores six main themes:

  • The evolution of Paris and its influence on Cartier shapes
  • Louis Cartier’s connections with Santos-Dumont and other pioneers of the age
  • The birth of the modern wristwatch
  • The everyday and sophisticated accessories designed to cater to a glamorous inter-war lifestyle
  • The evolution of Cartier watch designs
  • Cartier craftsmanship, with a focus on mystery clocks and skeleton movements


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the Design Museum London


Cartier in Motion

25 May – 28 July 2017 
The Design Museum, London 
Free admission 
Open daily 10am – 6pm, last entry 5pm

Admission is free to Cartier in Motion


Open talk on Tuesday 11 July 2017, 18:15 to 19:30pm: « Crafting Time - How The Watch Transformed Our World ».
Join Deyan Sudjic, Co-Director of the Design Museum, Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director at Cartier, Carole Kasapi, Head of Cartier watchmaking movements creation at Cartier and Nicholas Foulkes, author and journalist.

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