Cartier

Single or stack?



Cartier Trinity bracelet by Chitose Abe Sacai

Cartier has been in the news a lot in the last 12 months. Mostly for its watches (this was the latest release and this guy seems to be its most high profile collector), but this month for a new jewellery drop (above).

The Cartier x Chitose Abé (of Sacai fame) collab is perfectly in sync for the two design leaders. The Cartier Trinity ring was initially created in 1924 by Louis Cartier and was a favourite of Jean Cocteau. Its three intertwining bands of yellow gold, rose gold and white gold have been deconstructed by Abé into new distorted shapes in a collection of two rings, a bracelet, a necklace and a hybrid earring-ring.

For me, the bracelet is the hero item. I like the suggestion of a single minimalist piece but designed to look like a stack. It’s also perfect for the single-bangle-over-a-sleeve look, as popularised by Diana Vreeland (below).

Diana Vreeland by Horst P Horst
Sophie Tajan - Hermes bracelet - How To Spend It.jpg

A demi stack or Elsa Peretti-esque sculptural cuff* make an undeniably strong statement. But a single thin bangle can be equally impactful, like the Hermès Clou de Forge bracelet example (above). Go for something structured rather than anything too droopy and make sure your sleeve is fitted too (a la Audrey Hepburn, below).

I like the Alighieri Medusa bangle*, All Blues vermeil bangle* and Saint Laurent hammered metal bangle*. The Chitose Abé x Cartier collection is now available at Selfridges and Cartier New Bond Street.

Audrey Hepburn wearing single bangle

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From the desk of… Joan Didion



Joan Didion auction

Everyone’s talking about Joan Didion’s stuff.

The late writer’s personal effects are going up for auction at Stair Galleries this month and as is usual these days, there’s a forensic unpicking of the icon’s possessions as an insight into her mind and creative genius.

As a writer she was lauded for her minimalist prose and sharp cultural observations. As a woman she was admired for her self-assured independence and also a cool aloofness. That enigmatic quality no doubt adds to the interest in her possessions; a promised glimpse of ‘the real Joan Didion’. As Rachel Tashjian observes in Harper’s Bazaar, these vignettes present the “warmest portraits ever painted of her”. (more…)



A limited-edition 50th anniversary Cartier Pebble watch is coming



Cartier Pebble 2022

Cartier is dropping a brand new iteration of its 1970s Cartier Pebble.

From November 2022, 150 individually numbered, 18-carat yellow gold editions of the new Pebble will be available. The new Cartier Pebble, like the original, will feature the smooth, round-edged 36mm case with tilted square dial in an off-white eggshell opaline, according to Hodinkee. (more…)



The super-rare Cartier ‘Cheich’ watch just sold for $1.1 million at Sotheby’s



Cartier watch with red strap

Vintage Cartier watches seem to have a magic aura unmatched by other watch brands. Why? Because they push the envelope of outer design and are popular with watch nerds, design nerds and pop culture fiends alike. (Example: Jackie Kennedy’s Cartier Tank was bought by Kim Kardashian in 2017.)

The unique Cartier ‘Cheich’ watch was originally created as a prize for the person who won two consecutive Paris-Dakar races (aka The Dakar Rally, a gruelling bike race through France and into the African desert), in what was known as the Cartier Challenge. (more…)