An exhibition of 25 of the most exceptional Panthère timepieces recently made headlines around the globe. Celebrating the brand’s most innovative and elaborate creations, it celebrated outstanding class and unparalleled elegance relayed in a variety of materials and precious stones. Available for purchase from £25,000 to £500,000, all models were available by appointment in either Harrods’ Private Penthouse or the Cartier boutique in the store from August 15th to September 6th. Check their website for more info, www.cartier.com.
Displaying feminine watchmaking in its finest, the exceptional Panthère timepieces explore the beauty and power of the feline figure through mesmerizing diamond and enamel spot patterns. A true representation of independence and the untameable feminine spirit, no other timepieces even come close to reflecting a woman’s mysterious nature and gracious physique so well as evidenced by the stand-out Panthère Divine de Cartier piece – perfectly executed in in 18ct white gold, diamonds and enamel.
The large model Tortue exhibits an exquisite mosaic panther crafted onto an 18ct rose-gold dial, merging jewellery and timepiece into one sublime creation. This model is produced in a limited edition of 30 individually numbered pieces and boasts a manual winding movement. Another striking model is the damascened Rotonde de Cartier, which displays a more ferocious feline design complemented with a brown alligator strap and fashioned from 18ct white and 22ct yellow gold.
All models in the exhibition are adorned with playful and elegant animal figures, which give them a rather unusual, albeit eye-catching, allure. The sumptuous timepieces are generously embellished with diamonds, 18k yellow and white gold, black onyx and mother-of-pearl. A custom-designed, self-winding 9603 MC calibre mechanism helps recreate the elegant and ever-so-gracious movement of the panther on the dial with the animal “prowling” around the dial.
A coffee-table book for £120 details Cartier’s fascination with recreating Nature’s finest through precious stones and materials. 300 colour illustrations display the maison’s most striking creations.