Throughout the year, the Maison initiated – through new collections, store openings, exhibitions and commitments – a virtuous dynamic, determined to cultivate beauty in order to better share it.

A year marked by beauty

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THE CARTIER WOMEN’S INITIATIVE AT THE CHANGENOW SUMMIT

From May 19 to 21, the Cartier Women’s Initiative partnered with ChangeNOW 2022, a world gathering of solutions for the planet whose main purpose is to act on the pressing issues of our century: climate, resources, biodiversity, inclusion. On May 27, Cartier Women’s Initiative Director Wingee Sampaio emphasized the key role of the Cartier Women’s Initiative and INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Program (ISEP) in supporting women entrepreneurs and enabling them to build a better world for their communities and for future generations. By supporting these entrepreneurs, the Cartier Women’s Initiative intends to launch a transition towards a more responsible and sustainable world. 

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‘LIVING WORLDS’, AN EXHIBITION BY THE FONDATION AT LE TRIPOSTAL IN LILLE

Reinventing a new cohabitation among plants and animals, with empathy and humility: this was the mission of the exhibition, presented from May 14 to October 2 by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, as part of Utopia, the sixth installment of lille3000. Living Worlds brought together over 250 works by artists and scientists, including the work of contemporary Native American artists. Contrary to Western tradition, the exhibition invited participants, by looking and listening, to consider non-humans as our equals within a common world: that of the living. ‘Living Worlds’ continues with a series of exhibitions started in 2003 by the Fondation Cartier with Yanomami, Spirit of the Forest, surrounding issues related to nature, ecology and respect for Indigenous  peoples, their cultures and their habitats.

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Cartier joins the “CEO CARBON NEUTRAL CHALLENGE”

Launched by Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, this large-scale project aims to support companies around the world in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The stakes? Companies taking urgent action to reduce their CO₂ emissions, providing nature-based solutions and achieving positive change. “We firmly believe that aspirations for a sustainable industry can only be achieved through collaborative initiatives; this entails Cartier’s support for innovative partnerships.” Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier.

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The inaugural RED CLUB x Cartier Young Leader Award is building intercultural bridges

The first Young Leader Awards were presented to Weihua Wang and Sahar Mansoor during a ceremony at the Dubai Edition Hotel on March 7, 2022, in the presence of Cyrille Vigneron, RED CLUB x Cartier President Giada Zhang and RED CLUB members from France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Spain and the United Arab Emirates. 

Committed to supporting young entrepreneurs around the world, the winners receive financial support and mentoring from RED CLUB x Cartier, ESCP Europe and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, the main partner business schools. 

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CARTIER CELEBRATES GILDED GLAMOUR AT THE 2022 MET GALA

Tiaras, chokers and spectacular cocktail rings elevated the ultra-creative looks of the 2022 Met Gala, the most envied and eccentric evening in all of New York.

An extravagant party with the Friends of the Maison such as Troye Sivan, Emma Corrin, Austin Butler, Maude Apatow, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Emma Chamberlain, Ramla Ali, Evan Mock and Stromae. Imaginative artists who wore the Panthère de Cartier, garland-style pieces, Tutti Frutti or the latest two-headed jewels from Cartier’s Les Indomptables collection with wonderful extravagance.

Including, as the most eye-catching ambassador of the Maison, the YouTuber Emma Chamberlain illuminated by a vintage Cartier tiara in platinum and diamonds dating from 1911 and a geometric necklace set with yellow and white diamonds. 

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HERITAGE HONORED IN DIRIYAH

In the At-Turaif historic district in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Cartier exhibited High Jewelry creations and pieces from the Cartier Collection from March 17 to 26, 2022. An inaugural evening marked the celebration of the event with the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thomas Roussel and accompanied by Sawsan Al-Bahati, the voice of the Saudi opera. Cartier is the first company to exhibit its creations at this historic site, which is still widely unknown and closed to the general public. More than 200 emblematic pieces of Cartier jewelry were presented based on the five style markers of the Maison: Cultural Dialogues, Architecture and Purity, Geometry and Contrast, [Re]creative and Fauna and Flora. 

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The sun shines on Great Oaks LL at the 2022 Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo

Cartier was delighted to celebrate the Cartier Queen’s Cup final once again in the company of friends of the Maison. Guests enjoyed an intimate lunch and afternoon tea in the Cartier enclosure, followed by an exciting polo match. Great Oaks LL won the Cartier Queen’s Cup for the second time but only after a closely fought game against Andrey Borodin’s Park Place Vaara team. Team patron Dillon Bacon received the coveted cup from Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK.

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CARTIER ART DIALOGUES – AN ENCOUNTER BETWEEN ARTISTS AND CULTURAL EXPERTS

On May 16, representatives from international cultural institutions and artists with multidisciplinary talents gathered at the Musée du Louvre to discuss about Beyond Boundaries, Artistic Interactions and Creative Processes. A theme dear to Cartier, for whom these exchanges have always played a crucial role in the creative process. This initiative was born from the desire to participate in the circulation of ideas and knowledge. It is intended to be permanent and is in line with the exhibition Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris from October 21, 2021 to February 20, 2022, then at the Dallas Museum of Art. 

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IN VENICE, CARTIER SUPPORTS THE RESTORATION OF THE TEATRO VERDE

Located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, in Venice, the Teatro Verde is undergoing an ambitious renovation project led by the Norman Foster Foundation and sponsored by Cartier. A true technological challenge at the time of its construction in 1953-1954, this cultural center, built with raw materials from the expansion of the island, was developed on land reclaimed from the lagoon, which was situated below sea level. True to its commitment to preserving heritage, the Maison has chosen to participate in this restoration, which will allow the open-air theater to return to its original state and be equipped to host new types of performances. Its rebirth and influence reflect the significance that Cartier attaches to the arts and culture.  

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AT HOMO FABER, CARTIER CELEBRATES SAVOIR-FAIRE

From April 10 to May 1, Cartier participated in Homo Faber on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, an international fair committed to promoting arts and crafts, their preservation and their transmission. For the event, Glyptics, Straw, Marquetry and Jewelry were joined in a precious box created for the occasion, composed of a sculpted white opal base, a pink chalcedony flower that can be transformed into a brooch and a detachable bracelet that reveals a straw marquetry frieze. This creation aligns with the Maison’s tradition of modular objects, and a tribute to the ties Cartier has forged for over a century with Japan, the guest of honor at this event. 

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THE BEAUTÉS DU MONDE COLLECTION IS UNVEILED IN MADRID

In the Spanish capital, Cartier unveiled the first chapter of the Beautés du Monde collection, along with a selection of High Jewelry, Cartier Tradition and Fine Watchmaking pieces, in an avant-garde building renovated by the Maison. The set design was entrusted to the Madrid-based artist-designer Jaime Hayón, who played on the contrast between the artistic universe of the collection and the radical nature of the architecture, constructed in 1966. A powerful moment that continued into the next day with a Gala dinner at the Liria Palace in the presence of JISOO, a new Cartier ambassador, and Friends of the Maison, from Golshifteh Farahani to Mariacarla Boscono, Khatia Buniatishvili, Emma Chamberlain, Milena Smit, Blanca Li and Yara Shahidi. 

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THE CARTIER COLLECTION AT THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Following Paris, the Dallas Museum of Art hosted the exhibition Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity from May 14 to September 18. This show, co-produced by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Dallas Museum of Art, with the generous collaboration of the Musée du Louvre and the support of the Maison Cartier, revealed the influence of Islamic art on the production of jewelry and precious objects by the Maison, from the start of the 20th century to the present day. The depth of the exhibition’s content allows us to gauge the importance of Louis Cartier’s vision and its influence on the Maison’s most contemporary creations. 

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WATCHES AND WONDERS GENEVA: SWITZERLAND’S NEW SALON

After two exclusively digital years, Watches and Wonders Geneva reopened its doors on March 30, 2022. There, through its new creations, the Maison revealed its vision of time: eternal and always contemporary with the Tank and Pasha de Cartier; unique like the Coussin de Cartier watch or the Crash Métiers d’Art; immaterial with the Masse Mystérieuse... Following this event on the theme of intensity, which also included a digital version, the Maison’s next watchmaking event is scheduled for Shanghai and Geneva in 2023.

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THE CARTIER 6-YEAR ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION FOR THE SINGAPORE WATCH CLUB

The SWC asked Cartier to create a collection of limited-edition watches for its sixth anniversary.

To celebrate the evolution of its members from a group of friends to a full-fledged watchmaking community, the Singapore Watch Club was looking for a new concept that represented its passion and open spirit. 

The result is a collection created by the Maison around 18 different models from Cartier’s famous repertoire of watchmaking forms, including the iconic Tank and Santos de Cartier watches.  

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Onwards to Mykonos and the Hamptons, where Cartier set up shop for the summer

On one side, the Mediterranean; on the other, America’s East Coast. For one season, Cartier decided to set up its summer headquarters in two of the current most sought-after seaside spots. Two pop-up events, like ephemeral boutiques that elegantly capture the spirits of their locations. One on the most famous of the Cyclades islands, in the heart of the village of Nammos. An unmissable event in a traditional Greek home brought to life by the works of artist Konstantin Kakanias, known for his fantastical and sophisticated installations. And the other in the Hamptons, where Cartier sets up shop in Southampton, the most fashionable village on Long Island. Featuring selected pieces, personalization services, exclusivities and Maison bellboy delivery service, these summer Cartier locations have a vacation feel.  

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See you in Milan, where Cartier’s design culture is on display

Cartier chooses Milan during the week of the Salone del Mobile between April 5 and 10, 2022 to exhibit its iconic designs. To mark the occasion, Juste un Clou, Love, Tank, Trinity, Santos de Cartier, Panthère de Cartier and Ballon Bleu are featured on a grand scale, as monumental sculptures in the elegant Garden Senato. An opportunity for Cartier to organize a photography masterclass with visual artist Maurizio Galimberti, who uses an original technique composed of thousands of Polaroids to photograph Cartier’s iconic designs.

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DAMIEN HIRST’S VISION BLOOMS AT THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO

The National Art Center, Tokyo and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain exhibited the series Cherry Blossoms from March 2 to May 23, 2022, in the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Japan. For the event, Damien Hirst chose a selection of his works to present in the rooms of this museum surrounded by trees in full bloom, at the height of cherry blossom season.