Cartier’s expression of the panther motif in precious new timepieces, merges the creativity of the jeweller and the expertise of the watchmaker.
Think Cartier…think of the panther motif. A motif is a dominant or recurring idea in an artistic work. When a brand uses a motif creatively, and reinterprets it over time, it somehow becomes synonymous with a part of the brand aesthetic.
Cartier’s expression of the panther motif over the years is an indication of the unbridled creativity of the brand. Magnificent watches from the brand have been a canvas for expressing this royal animal through the prism of arts.
HOT highlights three new timepieces that take the panther motif to new heights.
Cartier – Panther Motif
Ronde Louis Cartier XL
The flamed gold watch requires exceptional handwork. The motif is encased by the bezel paved with baguette-cut diamonds. But, it is on the dial that the magic exists. A flash of fire brilliantly illuminates the genius of the artwork. The creature is strikingly lifelike from the top of the ears to the tip of the nose. The watch is the outcome of minute, delicate handiwork and the famed flamed gold technique.
A diamond studded interpretation of the panther motif, this watch has a dial that twinkles with brilliant-cut diamonds. Set in a three-dimensional sculpture, this miniature bas-relief recalls one of the creature’s earliest appearances on a sapphire brooch created for the Duchess of Windsor in 1949. The wild cat is ablaze with the fire of diamonds.
Panthers can be playful too! This new complication is a nod to the technical expertise of Cartier. What you see on the dial is a dramatic scene! It is powered by a brand-new complication; the mischievous creature appears to pounce from the dial in pursuit of a ball. The calibre moves as one with the body of the panther to bring this miniature scene to life. The head and paw of the panther indicate the minutes and the ball disc the hours. These two 3D elements are made of gold, so you can imagine how much heavier they are compared to simple hands! The exquisite craftsmanship and use of diamonds, black lacquer and emeralds makes this a feisty royal piece indeed!
The panther motif is clearly a very integral part of the DNA of Cartier. Year after year, the brand has harnessed its creative and technical prowess to bring the fierce guardian of time to the forefront. One beautiful watch after another. The magic continues!