This year marks the 100th anniversary since Cartier introduced its first panthère-inspired piece in 1914, a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots. From then onwards, the panther has endured as the French jewelry brand’s most recognizable icon. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Maison has created it’s most extensive Panthère de Cartier high jewelry collection to date.
Comprised of fifty-six jewels, the 2014 ‘Panthère de Cartier II’ collection elevates the historic feline in a multitude of new, imaginative designs while also incorporating unprecedented materials. The transformative feline comes to life in modern pieces that explore each facet of its personality, from playful and wild to ferocious and tactile. A frisky panther coyly wraps its tale around the wrist in an onyx, diamond and emerald bracelet while a more majestic rendition in yellow gold with enamel spots proudly bestrides an impressive citrine in a pendant.
The most striking, however, is a gold ring whose geometric openwork design depicts a fierce panther with intense tsavorite garnet eyes, whose intense roar, though not audible, readily conveys its immense power.
Whether designed more figuratively than anatomically, and vice versa, the range of the panther’s inspiration for the new collection knows no bounds. The contemporary combination of structuralism and minimalism brings this historic figure to the 21st century, a panther for today and tomorrow. Striking in every way, the new collection honors Cartier’s most precious predator and beloved feline with a modern grandeur and audacious sophistication fit for a Lord of the Jungle.