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Cartier’s party was a clash of traditional and modern classics

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The exclusive event to celebration the Clash [Un]Limited collection took place at Berlin’s Boros Collection, with Paul Mescal and Celeste among attendees

No one throws a party quite like Cartier. Combining contemporary art and high-end jewelry with a hypnotising live performance courtesy of British singer-songwriter Celeste, the French luxury brand celebrated the launch of its Clash [Un]Limited collection this week with a lavish party in Berlin. With guests including Lily Collins, Vanessa Kirby, and Normal People’s Paul Mescal, the event took place at the Boros Collection, one of the city’s most cutting edge galleries. Attendees walked through the venue’s sprawling corridors, ending up in a grand living room space for champagne and entrees. Here’s what went down.

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IT CELEBRATED THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW CLASH DE CARTIER CAPSULE COLLECTION

Following the tremendous success of the brand’s 2019 Clash De Cartier collection, Clash [Un]Limited goes one step further with bold variations of much-loved classics. The collection embodies Clash’s edgy spirit, with pieces ranging from a glove-shaped watch made of woven rose gold, reversible bracelets and necklaces, and geometric earrings to be worn inside the ear. 

With the collection centred on the Clash de Cartier pyramidal stud, each piece is crafted with pavé diamonds, amethyst, Tahiti pearls, and onyx. Multi-stud rings and bracelets feature pyramid- shaped cones that rotate on their axis during wear to create a sense of tactility, while a clash of geometric lines and organic shapes work to amplify the collection’s rule-breaking spirit.

IT TOOK PLACE IN A BUNKER

The Boros Collection in Berlin’s Mitte district was originally built as a war bunker during WWII, before being repurposed into a banana factory, and then a raucous sex club in the 90s. Now a private museum of contemporary art, the venue still has the historic markings of its past lives. With thick concrete walls and labyrinthine corridors, guests wormed their way through the various rooms, which featured artwork by the likes of Martin Boyce, Andreas Eriksson, and Daniel Josefsohn.

THERE WERE MESMERISING INSTALLATIONS

Punctuating the artworks on show were a series of installations retelling Cartier’s history from past to present. A dimly lit room inspired by the collection’s intense oversized black studded pieces featured illuminated windows showcased Cartier jewelry old and new, while an Under The Skin-style mirrored room invited guests to lose themselves in seemingly infinite versions of themselves. 

ROOFTOP VIEWS SET THE TONE

As guests worked their way to the top floor of the building, Christian Boros, the owner of the private collection, opened up his personal living quarters to guests. They were greeted with blackberry-infused cocktails and food courtesy of star chef Yannic Stockhausen, while an open rooftop provided panoramic views of the city. 

LIVE POP AND SOUL ROUNDED OFF THE NIGHT

Ending the night was an intimate live show courtesy of rising soul singer and songwriter Celeste. Playing hits off her 2021 album Not Your Muse, the British artist was accompanied by a live band as she performed to an eager crowd of onlookers. Later on, singer Jacob Lusk joined Celeste on stage to sing a modern version of David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”, proving the Cartier mantra that clashing tradition with the modern can generate timeless pieces.