The very first Cartier panther product was a wristwatch.
Have you wondered how the panther came to become one of Cartier Maison’s symbolic icons? Here is some quick background in brief.
Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by Louis-Francois Cartier.
His grandson Louis Cartier was the chief steward in putting in place the modern vision of Cartier, thereby establishing the brand’s foothold as a leader in the luxury watches and jewellery market. In our recent conversation with Cartier’s Image, Strategy and Heritage Director Pierre Rainero, he shared that the vision and ambition of Louis Cartier lives on till today in the Maison.
Rainero on Louis Carter’s vision: “Louis Cartier believed that the House must live beyond his own lifetime and personality. It was a sacred vision.”
The artwork: Dame à la panthère, depicted an elegant woman with a panther at her feet.
This artwork was later used in advertising, and marked the connection of Cartier to the symbol of the panther for the first time in history.
In the very same year, in 1914, Cartier released its first panther product: a wristwatch featuring a spotted design created using black onyx among pavé-set diamonds, intended to resemble the feline’s fur.
The panther as we know it, is a symbol of strength, independence, and femininity. Possibly the reason why we are drawn to this remarkable icon so legitimately associated with the Maison. Today the Cartier woman is clear about the statement she makes when wearing a panther creation.
We have seen and desired many modern day incarnations of this icon.
At SIHH 2018, the Maison revealed – pun intended – their latest panther proposition: the Cartier Révélation d’une Panthère.
The hour glass – the perfect allegory of the passage of time – comes to mind as 900 tiny pink gold beads move across the surface of the dial to magically reveal an outline of the iconic Cartier panther .
How is it done?
It took Cartier five years of development and two patent applications for the glass construction and nature of the fluid used inside the casement glass.
The pink gold beads trace the stylised pattern – speed of which is regulated by the fluid – to progressively reveal the magnificent head of the panther motif. Watch it here.
Rainero on the Maison’s design and style philosophy for ladies watches:
“The relationship between the lady and her watches is very interesting. Especially now, because you can read time everywhere… There are today, many other motivations for ladies to wear a watch. One being the jewellery aspect – not meaning that there are diamonds everywhere – but for the beauty of it, the playfulness of it. It is very important.”
“the first thing about collecting, is: You must like what you see. Even without any explanation. When we create something today, the first objective is to create something beautiful. That people would like to wear or to live with, without any level of explanation.”
If you are also in love with this stunning Cartier Révélation d’une Panthère on sight, it is available in three versions with a choice of a green, red, or black dial. The watch features a pink gold case, a bezel paved with diamonds, and a winding crown set with an emerald, a ruby or a diamond.
A quick side note to all collectors before I sign off: the green and red dial versions are limited to only 100 (individually numbered) pieces each.
Images courtesy of Cartier.
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2018