Cartier Looks to the Milky Way for a New Jewelry Collection Unveiled in Hudson Yards
The cosmos is the inspiration for the jeweler's latest collection.
While Mercury tempts chaos in retrograde until the end of March, Cartier presents celestial harmony at its finest.
The luxury jeweler ascends to astronomical heights with the North American debut of Les Galaxies de Cartier, a limited-edition collection inspired by the heavens. Comprised of rings, earrings, bracelets, a necklace, an evening bag, and a clock, the empyrean fleet launched in the US on March 15 with the official opening of Cartier’s new digs at 20 Hudson Yards. Together, the store and new collection signal Cartier’s unwavering endeavor to blaze new trails, from earthbound real estate to out-of-this-world craftsmanship.
“Cartier has always been driven by a spirit of boldness,” says Mercedes Abramo, president and chief executive of Cartier North America. “More than 170 years ago, the Cartier brothers—Louis, Pierre, and Jacques—began traveling the world, placing curiosity and creativity at the heart of the maison. Since then, we’ve never stopped exploring.”
Indeed, Cartier traverses the final frontier in its latest collection, which resonates with the cosmos across four stellar themes: “The Earth’s Lights,” a ring, bracelet, and necklace trio that evokes a golden Earth alight with yellow and blue sapphires, diamonds, and fire opals; “Trembling Stars,” which showcases diamonds that visibly waver in their “trembling” settings; “The Alignment of the Planets,” a homage to the planets’ divine choreography in a Tahitian pearl bracelet and cuff; and “Fractal Meteor,” a sculptural collision of pink gold, diamonds, moonstones, and milky quartz across an ensemble of accessories suited to the dreamy trope that we all come from stardust.
Bearing distinctive aesthetics born from unique narratives, Cartier’s new collection offers a poetic interpretation of a vast and ancient muse. Les Galaxies de Cartier was designed to embody “the curiosity and imagination of the maison,” Abramo says. For the month of March, the collection will be exclusive to Cartier’s Hudson Yards location.
Sited within an expansive luxury shopping complex that also opened to the public on March 15, Cartier’s new store echoes the maison’s dual ethos of tradition and innovation with stylish finesse and marks a new phase of Cartier’s presence in New York City.
“Cartier has been a significant part of the New York City landscape for [over] 100 years, with Hudson Yards marking a new milestone in our storied history—the first Cartier boutique on the West Side of Manhattan,” Abramo explains. “Much like the city itself, Cartier is timeless, yet modern. We are continually evolving and always moving forward.”
The new boutique will provide a balance between what Abramo calls the “full, traditional experience of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue mansion” and remote online shopping, and it is intended to reach the next generation of West Side clientele. Situated in close proximity to the Chelsea galleries, Thomas Heatherwick’s imposing new monument known as “The Vessel,” and the soon-to-open multidisciplinary arts complex The Shed, Cartier’s Hudson Yards store likewise complements the artistic nature of its environs.
Awash in golden tones accented by red, yellow, and emerald, Cartier’s new 4,669 square-foot space was designed by Parisian architect Bruno Moinard, whose thoughtful curation of texture, color, and detail fosters an air of refined comfort.
“Moinard expertly balances Cartier’s heritage and modernity through a combination of luxurious details and exquisite materials, creating a subtle, elegant—yet warm and welcoming—experience,” Abramo says. “The boutique at Hudson Yards reflects his sophisticated vision, with unique features incorporated to celebrate the innovative spirit of the neighborhood.”
Among those unique features are Modernist chandeliers made by the Parisian fabrication company Mydriaz; a tasteful viewing room akin to a magazine-worthy living space; and a custom 11th Avenue exterior, which draws visitors with entrancing light performances. During the day, delicate latticework in the façade welcomes natural light to illuminate the intricacies of the jewelry on view.
Classic Cartier collections are also available in the Hudson Yards boutique, including Juste un Clou, LOVE, and Panthère de Cartier, the latter collection named for Louis Cartier and Jean Toussaint, his partner. Toussaint was nicknamed “La Panthère” for her sleek elegance, which lives on in Les Galaxies de Cartier—even from a world away.
Cartier’s new Hudson Yards store is at 20 Hudson Yards, Suite 116, New York, New York 10001, 646-495-0455
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