Throughout its history, Cartier has channelled a combination of breakthrough innovation and endless creativity into a panoply of breath-taking masterpieces. Many examples of its ever-inspiring talent will be on display in an extravagant pop-up exhibition ‘Precious Garage’ that Cartier is hosting at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, Shoppes at Four Seasons from February 3 to 28. Mounted in a boldly unique golden setting, ‘Precious Garage’ presents Cartier’s most iconic creations, including Juste un Clou, Panthère de Cartier and the classic LOVE collection.
The installation has been designed by New York-based Puerto Rican visual artist Desi Santiago. His concept of a luxurious automotive garage ingeniously integrates the technique of shape casting with the intricacy of internal machinery, perfectly interpreting the design philosophy of Cartier – to elevate the everyday into extraordinary jewellery pieces.
The ‘Precious Garage’ exhibition is not merely a juxtaposition of ordinary and precious, but also a dialogue between mechanics and jewellery craftsmanship. Stunning pieces of Cartier jewellery and watches are displayed in working tool drawers alongside scattered instruments used by car mechanics. An elevated gold Corvette drips golden liquid onto the floor.
Along the way, visitors will discover the edgy, artistic and daring Juste un Clou collection, inspired by modern machinery. It takes simple everyday items and shapes them into precious pieces, rendering the ordinary exquisite. And underpinning the LOVE collection is a unique locking mechanism that quickly made this design a classic symbol of romance. Meanwhile, the supple chain-link bracelet of the Panthère de Cartier Fine Jewellery watch transforms it from a timepiece into a gorgeous piece of jewellery that wraps itself sinuously around the wrist, flowing and feline.
These collections pay tribute to modern women, who are both beautiful and independent. They serve as a reminder of the unconventional creativity of Cartier and its genius for combining classic aesthetics and contemporary designs, to turn everyday moments into the most precious ones.
Cartier Precious Garage exhibition details
Date: Feb 3 – 28, 2018