Trading Places: Cartier’s Story Of The Turtle And The Snake

Cartier has been for over a century synonymous with form-shaped watches. In some cases, like the Tortue, the inspiration came from the animal kingdom, something we also see extensively in the brand's jewelry collections, both past, and present. But as the "jeweler of kings and king of jewelers," their creativity goes even further, combining the art of watchmaking with that of jewelry in the Cartier Libre collection. Here, anything is possible, such as trading places, dressing up a Baignoire like a turtle, and turning a Tortue into a snake.

By Martin Green