Dover Street Market, the edgy department store founded by Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo, has earned a reputation for doing the unexpected. When DSM opened in New York in 2013, for example, it steered clear of SoHo and ventured north to the decidedly unhip neighbourhood of Murray Hill. The store appeals to the avant-garde, the hypebeast and every fashion type in between. But now it’s drawing a discerning new customer: the distinguished watch collector.
From February 7 – 19, DSM’s Los Angeles location is holding an exhibition of 36 extremely rare Cartier watches curated by British collector and jeweller Harry Fane – and they’re all for sale. The selection includes mostly Tanks, including the Tank Normale, rare Cartier Paris watches from the ’70s and a few Cartier London models thrown in.
The highlights? An example of the Cintrée model that Steve McQueen donned in the original version of The Thomas Crown Affair and a Cartier Crash that was one of the first to be produced in Paris in 1990. So, if you’re in LA this month, stop by the DSM Cartier exhibition. You don’t get many chances to own (and wear) a piece of history.