The Cartier Collection: Timepieces
This is a colossus of a book (it weighs some 10kg) which is dedicated to Cartier’s collection of their own timepieces. The book details, in stunning photography, the history of Cartier timepieces from 1853-1997. Cartier began to buy back and form their historical collection of timepieces in 1973 and has since amassed an extraordinary array of beautiful watches, clocks and other timepieces. The book was the work of historians, archivists, horological specialists and master clock and watchmakers and the texts were written by François Chaille and Franco Cologni.
The book is divided into historical periods with timepieces illustrated and arranged according to their style, forms and materials. The 424 timepieces (124 clocks and 300 watches) are illustrated life size – to fit the larger clocks into the book, there are several fold out pages. At the back of the book there is an excellent chronological summary of all timepiece in date order with, where relevant, their model names. As Franco Cologni says in his introduction “this publication now makes it possible to peruse the complete Cartier Collection – at home!”
With maroon cloth covered board covers, the book is presented within an outer hardboard, cloth covered folder, this is itself contained within a card carrying case.
515mm x 350mm x 87mm (hardboard folder)
430mm x 305mm x 60mm
Published by Flammarion in 2006