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Cartier Time Art exhibition features heritage pieces as well as contemporary models

By Vivian Chen

 

EVENT Cartier Time Art – Mechanics of Passion
WHERE Power Station of Art, Shanghai

 

HAPPENINGS: The Cartier Time Art exhibition moved to Shanghai after its success in Zurich and Singapore. The impressive display of more than 150 pieces, curated by Japanese artist-designer Tokujin Yoshioka, included artistic timepieces created by the French jeweller and watchmaker. Some of the archived pieces go way back, such as a yellow gold watch brooch created in 1880.

Closing the exhibition, however, were the maison's more recent conceptual pieces - Cartier IDOne and Cartier IDTwo. Pieces that showcase Cartier's craftsmanship in cameo work, marquetry and enamelling were also highlighted. The luxury house chose to stage the exhibition in the heart of Shanghai. The venue - Power Station of Art - was renovated to host the Pavilion of Urban Future at the World Expo in 2010. Guests including actor and Canto-pop king Andy Lau flew in especially for the event, joined by local celebrities the likes of Liao Fan and Chen Shu

 

OVERHEARD Stanislas de Quercize No wonder designers are inspired by heritage pieces – these works of art are still so relevant.

 

CHIC CHAT with Andy Lau

If you could travel through time, which period would you go back to?
There's nowhere else I'd rather be, actually. I enjoy living in this moment. I think if I work hard, I'll have a great future.

What's a perfect watch for you?
It's the concept and the spirit of a watch that matters. [As] watches are accessories, their style is also important.

What are some of your styling tips?
>It depends on the occasion. I'd dress up for a black-tie event but go for something more casual for an exhibition opening.

How would you define your style?
I don't think we should put too much thought into our style. Sometimes less is more.

 

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