Cartier Time Art Mechanics of Passion
Author: Jack Forster
Publisher/Date: Skira (c. 2011) Published to coincide with the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New large hardcover book with dust jacket in Fine condition. 260 pages. Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.7 x 1.1 inches. Lavishly illustrated in color and black-and-white.
Description: In an international traveling exhibition, the Parisian luxury jewelry and watch brand showcased more than 100 items from its historical collection and 20 contemporary fine watches, making it the largest collection of Cartier timepieces ever to be seen in public. This exhibition catalogue traces Cartier's technical and aesthetic aspects of complicated watches from a 1911 Santos wristwatch, a 1929 Tortue single pushpiece chronograph created in 1929, to the large "Billiken" mystery clock (1923). The collection also includes chatelaine-watches, wristwatches, travel clocks.
Featuring 290 color images, many of them full-page, this lavish volume presents Cartier's most famous and complicated watches in a new never-before-published collection. From their forms to their movements, Cartier watches are unique. They are an enduring combination of the unexpected and the classical. In the world of timepieces, the Cartier name inevitably evokes a glamorous range of legendary, universally admired watches: the Santos, the Tortue, the Tank, the Baignoire, the Pasha de Cartier, the Panthère de Cartier, and others.
This book chronicles Cartier's constant quest for excellence in the manufacture of complicated watches. From a Tortue single push-piece chronograph, created in 1929 to a contemporary Santos 100 skeleton watch, Cartier interprets complications in its own inimitable way, always with a sense of design.