Lord Norman Foster is the curator of an exhibition exploring the evolution of the wristwatch and its links with the early days of flight at London’s Design Museum.
Cartier in Motion opened this week and looks at the luxury watchmakers company’s involvement with the pioneers of the age, including aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont – for whom he designed one of the world’s first wristwatches – and engineer, Gustave Eiffel.
It illustrates a time where, amidst upheavals in art, architecture, travel and lifestyles, traces of a new world could be seen.
Foster said: “Louis Cartier and his close circle of friends – who were part of the avant-garde in Paris at the beginning of the twentieth century – personified the beginning of the modern age with its emphasis on motion, speed and flight.
“Cartier’s interest in aircraft, cars and boats inspired many of his classic designs and marked the birth of the men’s wristwatch as we know it today.”
Cartier in Motion includes over 170 exhibits that provide rare insights into the relationship between Cartier and design from the Collection Palais Princier de Monaco, Principality of Monaco; Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Paris – Le Bourget; Rockefeller Center, New York; private lenders and the Cartier Collection, along with extracts from material found in the Cartier Archives.
It has also been recently announced that Chris Hildrey has been chosen as resident architect at London Design Museum.
Upon the opening of the Design Museum in Britain’s capital, it was greeted with a mixed response from the UK’s architecture critics.