Cartier’s Mystery Clocks Exhibition

19 time-telling art pieces with extraordinary history

A rare treat awaited guests of this year’s prestigious SIHH luxury watch trade show: 19 of Cartier‘s extraordinary Mystery Clocks. Hand-selected by Pascale Lepeu, curator of the Cartier Collection, these time-telling artworks were brought to life between 1912 and 1967 (though, production continues today). These were (and are) pieces made in very limited quantities—with rarity underscored by their quick global sales. In 1973, Cartier’s reacquisition …

The Cartier Mansion Redesigned

Thierry Despont partners with the iconic brand to reimagine the lofty Fifth Avenue space

An antique bronze clock rests atop the cornice of a central westward-facing window at the neo-Renaissance mansion on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street. Pierre Cartier commissioned this timepiece from Brooklyn sculptor R Bonet in 1919. It’s been an important fixture of the Cartier Mansion since its delivery in 1921, declaring more than just the time. After a two-and-a-half-year overhaul spearheaded by architect …

Six New Timepieces Pushing Innovation in Watchmaking

Impressive, complex pieces from brands seen at SIHH 2016

Innovation in mechanical watchmaking is alive and well—bursting at the springs in fact—as we saw at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (often referred to as SIHH). Few people “need” a fine mechanical timepiece, though the desire to own a mechanical work of art is something that no digital smartwatch can satisfy. The artisans at the top of their game continue to create …