Cartier has revived its classic Panthère de Cartier collection – and will be coming soon to our Watches of Switzerland showrooms
If you’ve picked up the latest Spring/Summer 17 edition of Calibre, our luxury biannual magazine, you’ll have spotted the Panthère de Cartier, our radiant cover star and one of the most talked about luxury watches of the year. And now the Panthère has gone from being a beautiful new launch at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève to a watch you can purchase for yourself right here at Watches of Switzerland.
The elegant timepiece was a much-loved star in the Cartier collection from its launch in the 1980s until it was discontinued in the early 2000s. Now in 2017, the French watchmaker has breathed new life into its Panthère with a revived collection of stunning timepieces. To mark the occasion, it called on Oscar-winning indie director Sofia Coppola to create a stylish film featuring Australian model and actress Courtney Eaton and Donna Summer’s daughters Brooklyn and Amanda Sudano. It also hosted a star-studded bash last month at the lavish Milk Studios in LA, complete with a bevy of A-list guests that included Sienna Miller, Poppy Delevingne and Alicia Keys.
The new Panthère de Cartier is well and truly on the map! It helps, of course, that in its latest incarnation Cartier has cleverly created a timepiece with universal appeal. For those who loved the original, it retains its classic jewellery watch appeal, yet it also feels 21st century enough to draw in a fresh generation of young women with an appreciation of fine watches.
So how does it compare to the original? When the Panthère was first launched in 1983 it was an instant hit. Its square-shaped case took inspiration from the Santos de Cartier, while its metal chain-link bracelet – the maillon – had five interlocking links to make it more comfortable and elegant on the wrist.
By and large, this year’s revived collection is unchanged and still features the dial’s signature Roman numerals, railtrack and blue-sword hands. The square case also remains, though this time it’s a little thinner and waterproof – handy for life’s everyday splashes. The main difference between the two is that while the original was unisex, the 2017 edition is being marketed solely to ladies, which is why the case shape is slightly rounded to give it a more feminine look.
There are 12 different designs available in either 22mm or 27mm, and in steel, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, bi-colour and diamond. Prices start from £3,200.
The bi-colour yellow gold and steel models
(left: 27mm, £6,500; right: 22mm, £5,900)