Cartier has revived its iconic Panthère collection with modern timepieces for the 21st century woman
The infamous Panthère de Cartier first proved popular upon its launch in 1983, gaining interest from watch enthusiasts throughout the 80s and 90s, until its discontinuation in the early 2000s. For 2017, the French watchmaker has breathed new life into the classically beautiful Panthère with a collection of splendid timepieces.
To mark the occasion, Oscar-winning indie director Sofia Coppola was called upon to create a stylish film, featuring Australian model and actress Courtney Eaton and Donna Summer’s daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda Sudano. A glamorous celebration was also held at the lavish Milk Studios in LA, complete with A-list guests, including Sienna Miller, Poppy Delevingne and Miranda Kerr.
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 modern enough to draw in young women of the 21st century with an appreciation for fine watches.
When the Panthère was first launched in 1983 it was instantaneously adored. 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.
Mostly unchanged, this year’s revived collection still features the dial’s signature Roman numerals, railtrack and blue-sword hands. While the square case remains, it is a touch slimmer and is now waterproof. The main difference is the market the Panthère has been created for. Rather than its 1980s predecessor, made alluring to both men and women, the 2017 edition is being marketed solely to ladies, with a slightly rounded, more feminine shaped case.
There are 12 different styles available in two different sizes (22mm and 27mm) and an array of stunning metal combinations of either steel, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, bi-colour or diamond.
Two Tone Yellow Gold and Steel Models
The Panthère de Cartier, one of the most iconic ladies’ watches, can now be viewed in its exquisite form online at Mappin & Webb.