Book review: Cartier Time Art – Mechanics of Passion

Book - Cartier Time art - Mechanics of passion

Title: Cartier Time Art - Mechanics of Passion

Author: Jack Forster

Publisher: Skira

Date of publication: 2011

Pages: 266


An important book for all lovers and collectors of Cartier Watches.


My rating: 9 out of 10


Author and expert Jack Forster and talented still life photographer Laziz Hamani, chronicle in this book Cartier’s constant quest for excellence in watch design and technical sophistication.

Cartier Time art is also the catalogue of an international touring exhibition curated by the Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka, which opened in Zurich and then travelled to Singapore and Shanghai.

This is a very substantial, weighty, stylishly presented book that you want to pick up again and again to admire some of the most beautifully photographed amazing Cartier watches.

The author first introduces us to the various aspects of the Cartier watch manufacturing process. From movement design to Movement decoration and final quality control and how the Cartier master watchmakers play a key role in the whole process.

We are then introduced to the Cartier Collection: a large number of historical time pieces that chart the evolution of Cartier’s design philosophy. From the first Cartier Santos model, to the evolution of the ‘Tank’ watch, the phenomenon of the ‘Mystery clocks’ and the Fine watchmaking collection.


Cartier Santos-Dumont skeleton watch


Cartier Tortue perpetual calendar watch

The book is well structured and the presentation is enhanced by exceptional photography.

The writing style is non technical, logical and easy to follow.

Although Cartier Time Art is the catalogue of the same named exhibition, it is also an important book for Cartier collectors and watch lovers.

This book makes a genuine contribution to enhancing the image of Cartier watches. Not only stylish design icons, but also unique horological masterpieces.



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