© Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection
Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century at the Denver Art Museum
Patek Philippe is credited with making the first wristwatch in 1868 for a Hungarian countess, but Louis Cartier is said to have popularized it. He designed the first men’s wristwatch in 1904 for aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont to wear during flights. A 1915, leather, gold and sapphire “Santos” is on view now at Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century through March 15 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Cartier’s opened his first jewellery store in Paris in 1847, a London location in 1902 and one in New York in 1909. Today, the Cartier Collection — a kind of travelling art exhibit that never stays put in one place — includes more than 1500 pieces; selections from 1900 and 1975 will be on view at the DAM. One highlight is the Patiala necklace created for Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in 1928. It contains 2930 diamonds and a yellow diamond weighing 234 carats. Adult timed tickets with audio: US$27. tel: (720) 865-5000; denverartmuseum.org.
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