Since her first appearance in the Maison’s bestiary in 1914, La Panthère has continued to inspire Cartier designers. Perpetually evolving through the registers of Cartier’s creations, this indomitable and magnetic feline reflects the powerful allure of each wearer she encircles.
From watchmaking to jewellery, the Panthère de Cartier is a total inspiration – naturalist, sculptural and graphic – which is reinvented over time. Have a closer look at all the latest incarnations of the emblematic feline.
How the Panthère looks so alive?
From design and stone choice to paving and setting, every act contributes to the same objective: to recreate the living spirit of the animal. Cartier’s uniqueness lies in the overall effect of its savoir-faire and techniques and its ability to unite rare crafts, preserving them in a constant search for innovation.
The vitality of the panther stems from a close collaboration between the design studios and workshops. Their exchanges are constant throughout the entire development process: together, they defy the notions of movement, beauty, sides, ergonomics, volume, and architecture, of realism and elegance.
For the panther, Cartier’s artisans use the technique of “fur” setting, a unique Cartier savoir-faire. One by one, the animal spots, in sapphire or onyx, are uniquely hand-carved. The jeweller surrounds them with grains of metal which he folds into tiny threads on the stone. The fur is amazingly lifelike, the material awakens and provokes emotion.