1847 Louis-François Cartier (1819-1904) takes over the jewelry workshop of his apprenticeship master, Adolphe Picard, at 29 Rue Montorgueil, Paris.
1856 Princess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon I and cousin to Emperor Napoleon III, makes her first Cartier purchase.
1859 Cartier moves to 9 Boulevard des Italiens. Empress Eugénie becomes a customer.
1888 The first jewelry bracelet-watches for women are made.
1898 Louis Cartier (1875-1942) joins his father, Alfred (1841-1925; son of Louis-François), in business.
1899 Cartier opens at 13 Rue de la Paix in Paris.
1900 Crowned heads and aristocrats from around the world flock to buy Neoclassic diamond jewelry mounted in platinum.
1902 Pierre Cartier (1878-1964), Alfred’s second son, opens a branch at 4 New Burlington Street in London. The opening coincides with the coronation of King Edward VII.
1904 Cartier receives its first royal warrant as official purveyor to King Edward VII of England.
King Alfonso XIII of Spain appoints the company an official purveyor.
Louis Cartier creates a watch with a leather strap, expressly designed to be worn on the wrist, for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviator.
Queen Alexandra of England purchases a necklace in the Indian style.
Cartier introduces jewelry prefi guring the Art Deco style, recognizable for its abstract and geometric forms.
1905 King Carlos I of Portugal appoints Cartier an official purveyor.
1906 Alfred’s third son, Jacques (1884- 1942), takes over the London branch.
Creation of the first Tonneau wristwatch.
1907 First exhibition and sale in Saint Petersburg, at the Grand Hotel Europe.
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia names the company as his official purveyor.
1908 King Paramindr Maha Chulalongkorn of Siam appoints Cartier an official purveyor.
1909 Cartier expands into the growing American market as Pierre Cartier opens a subsidiary in New York at 712 Fifth Avenue.
A new location opens at 175-176 New Bond Street, London.
Patent is granted for the folding buckle for wristwatches.
1910 Pierre Cartier sells the blue, 45.5-carat Hope Diamond to an American customer, Evalyn Walsh McLean.
1911 Launch of the Santos de Cartier wristwatch, inspired by the 1904 model.
Jacques Cartier travels to India to attend the Delhi Durbar and to visit the Persian Gulf.
1912 The first mystery clock, the Model A, is introduced.
A delegation from the City of Paris presents Tsar Nicholas II with the Cartier Imperial Egg (now at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art).
Introduction of baguette-cut diamonds and the comet clocks.
Launch of the Tortue watch.
1913 King Peter I of Serbia appoints Cartier an official purveyor.
1914 Cartier paves the bezel on a lady’s round wristwatch with diamonds and onyx to create the first Panther motif.
Duke Philippe of Orleans appoints the company an official purveyor. 1917 The New York store moves to 653 Fifth Avenue, the mansion of Morton F. Plant, which Pierre Cartier acquires in exchange for a double-strand necklace of 55 and 73 natural pearls.
First studies for the Tank wristwatch.
The Cartier New York workshop opens; later named “American Art Works.”
1918 Creation of batons for French Field-Marshals Foch and Pétain.
1919 Launch of the Tank wristwatch.
King Albert I of Belgium appoints Cartier an official purveyor.
1921 Cartier is named official purveyor to the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VIII, who, on abdicating in 1936, became the Duke of Windsor.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion