A few days ago, I wrote about the Cartier exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris. Much to my disappointment, I won’t be able to get to this exhibit prior to its close in February 16, 2014. The next best thing is a half-hour long video prepared by Cartier that is available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. It’s entitled Les secrets de Cartier. The film is divided into “chapters” entitled History, Modern Style, The Exotic, Watchmaking, Icons of Style, and The Panther.
Most of the video consists of interviews with exhibit curators in French with English subtitles. The historical tidbits are fascinating and the jewelry is stunning. I was amazed by les pendules mystérieuses (pondool miss-tare-ee-uze), or mysterious clocks with clear crystal faces whose hands appeared to float in the air (see top image). Cartier learned the trick from a magician named Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin. The video may not be the same as a trip to Paris, but it’s a beautiful substitute.