SHANGHAI – Following successful showings in Zurich and Singapore, the Cartier Time Art exhibition has arrived at Shanghai’s Power Station of Art for the remainder of the summer and on into autumn.

cartier-time-artTokujin Yoshioka/N. Herrmann © Cartier.

Cartier Time Art – Mechanics of Passion presents a historical overview of the art of timepieces in the context of one of the world’s most celebrated watchmakers. More than 150 vintage pieces from the Cartier Collection are on display – a selection of pocket watches, mystery clocks, chatelaine and traditional wristwatches – alongside more contemporary pieces, finishing with the futuristic concept models, Cartier ID One and Cartier ID Two. The exhibition traces the company’s technical and aesthetic innovation from their earliest years to the present day, right on through to what the world can hope to see of Cartier timepieces in the future.


Among the unique pieces on view is a particularly rare yellow and pink gold Santos-Dumont wristwatch from Paris dated 1912, and a Tortue wristwatch from 1928, which features a minute repeater mechanism that strikes the hours, quarters and minutes when the repeating slide is pushed; one of the most sophisticated complications of the era. From the contemporary side, the Cartier ID concept watches represent the company’s ideas surrounding the future of watchmaking – ID, in this case, stands for ‘Innovation and Development.’ The Cartier ID Two that is on display was developed to improve energy performance; the result, in this prototype, is the world’s first vacuum-sealed watch. By challenging the limits of technology, Cartier is taking the future performance of a wristwatch to another level. 

cartier-watches-joel-von-allmenJoël Von Allmen © Cartier.

The exhibition was conceived by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioko, who was given free reign to create the presentation for this collection at the Power Station of Art, China’s first public museum of contemporary art. Yoshioko is no stranger to Cartier; he also designed the 2009 Cartier Collection exhibition Story of… Memories of Cartier Creations, held at the Tokyo National Museum.

Cartier Time Art is on display from 19 July to 12 October.