Panthère De Cartier 2017: The icon revived
Forget about bringing sexy back, Cartier is reintroducing the elegant and timeless collection that bears the name of its symbol — the panther
Powerful, elegant and beautiful with its sleek mane, there is no denying that the panther is a magnificent cat that slinks its way through the jungles of Asia and Africa. It must have been an easy decision then for Cartier to adopt the big cat as its muse and symbol, one that would have a starring role in numerous collections. While the panther was first introduced as a part of the Art Deco Panther wristwatch, it is the Panthère De Cartier watch collection from the 80s that we are currently fascinated with.
Designed in the era of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair dos that many still recall with a cringe, the classic timepiece would see itself outlive the indulgent decade. Having been a mainstay in the brand’s collection until the early 2000s when it was discontinued, the timepiece has joined iconic pieces that are instantly recognisable thanks to the square face. In 2017, Cartier resurrects the collection for the modern woman in two sizes and nine finishes.
We call it a resurrection, simply because the design is the same as the original albeit with a bracelet that is more supple. Available in 22mm and 27mm, the square cases are joined by screwed-down bezels and linked brick-lay bracelets that are completed with concealed folding clasps. Staying true to the original, the timepiece is powered by a quartz movement.
Now, what sets this apart from the original, are the variations that Cartier displays in the finishes. Like the Juste Un Clou collections, this one allows the Cartier woman to express herself in many ways. In the yellow gold, rose gold two-tone steel and yellow gold, and plain steel finishes, we envision a fuss free and laid back woman who prefers to prowl away from prying eyes, much like the panther. For an added touch of luxury, the Panthère de Cartier is also available in rose gold and white gold, sporting diamond bezels.
Those who prefer to stand out in the crowd can enjoy the finishes that come in white gold covered in diamonds, white gold covered in diamonds with black enamel animal spots — a fitting tribute to the panther. Cartier has also introduced a limited edition rose gold with black lacquered links finish that we would love to have on our wrists.