Cartier is organizing an exhibition event from September 5 to November 22 at the Palace Museum in Beijing, in a sacred place: the Forbidden City.
The exhibition includes more than 350 items, including archives dating from the founding of Cartier to its creations from the 1970s.
Some of the items selected highlight the Chinese influence on Cartier creations: lacquer ware inlaid with mother-of-pearl, ancient carved and engraved pieces of jade, and divinities and fantastic animals created by the jeweller’s hand.
These creations represent the bonds that have existed between Cartier and the Far East since the beginning of the 20th century.
The distinctive creativity, style and expertise of the jeweller are illustrated by a selection of drawings and archive documents, together with a set of rarely displayed plaster casts from the Cartier archives.
One of the beautiful treasures is the Panther-Pattern watch brooch from Cartier Paris 1915.
The brooch is made from Platinum and features three pear shaped diamonds at the bottom as well as old cut diamonds.
Another striking piece is the Large Portique Mystery clock that dates back to 1923.
The clock made from platinum, gold and rose-cut diamonds, was the first in a series of 6 in the form of the Shinto “Shrine Gate” (portique), all of which were made by Cartier from 1923-1925.
Besides these, spectators will also get to see the Chimera mystery clock, 1926 (made from Platinum, gold and Rose-cut diamonds), the Carp Clock (1925) with Retrograde hand as well as the Santos wristwatch dating back to 1915.