With the commencement of the Tennis Championships at Wimbledon last week, the summer social season has officially dawned upon us. London has been abuzz with exhibitions, galleries, and showings, drawing us from our lockdown hives into a heady social mix. One event that I find particularly inviting is the Studio 7 showcase of Cartier, celebrating some of the Paris-based jeweller’s most iconic pieces from the course of its 170-year history.
Cartier has long been the preferred Maison of the elite, with the likes Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Andy Warhol (to name just a few) adorning their magnificent creations.
The event will highlight the most legendary and synonymous pieces of jewellery and watches, including:
Tank– launched in 1919, The Tank is known as the timepiece of aesthetes and creatives, those looking for ultimate elegance.
Juste Un Clou – created in New York in 1971 by Aldo Cipullo, based on the mantra of seeking beauty wherever it may lie, turned functional objects into beautiful and precious ones.
Panthere – their bestselling watch for the bold and impeccably stylish woman. A refresh of the concept of a jewellery watch that was introduced in 1983, this wristwatch is beloved by the artsy crowd.
Santos - a perfect mix of classic French chic and sensibility. Louis Cartier granted the wish of Alberto Santos-Dumont ‘to be able to tell the time while flying’, manning the controls of his plane without having to stop and check his pocket watch. This was the birth of the modern-day chronometer.
Trinity – the ultimate symbol of French feminine elegance. Born out of the imagination of Louis Cartier in 1924, the cult ring has garnered great acclaim, its success eventually inspiring the Trinity bracelet.
Ballon Bleu– a unisex watch from 2007. It is applauded for a timeless refinement which prompted Cartier to produce different variants in metal bracelets or leather straps.
Love – brainchild of Aldo Cipullo in New York, the Love bracelet is considered an icon of jewellery design. One of the simplest statement pieces suited to both men and women, the bracelet is designed for couples in mind to unify and bound together their love in 18ct gold.
The event will be running from the 23rd July – 8th August at the Saatchi Gallery. Admission: Free.