Cartier in Motion exhibition heads to London Design Museum


London will host a major exhibition charting the history of Cartier’s approach to watchmaking and its influence on the evolution of modern wristwatches.

Curated by Britain’s most revered architect, Lord Norman Foster, the exhibition explores the creativity of Cartier and its design vision.

The event, called Cartier in Motion, includes over 170 exhibits alongside rare insights into the research and work of the designers at Cartier, through extracts from material found in the Cartier Archives.


Whilst telling the story of Cartier watchmaking and the invention of the modern wristwatch, Cartier in Motion explores the 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 seen, and this is illustrated through each of the main themes of the exhibition which include:

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

The exhibition will be officially opened on May 24 by Lord Foster and Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier.

Cartier in Motion is open to the public from May 25-28 at London’s Design Museum.


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