The panther is Cartier’s iconic animal. Its first appearance dates back to 1914, on a women’s watch and in the form of fur in platinum, onyx and diamonds. Ever since, it has evolved in figurative and abstract interpretations that renew both vision and genre.
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Accurately reproduced or evoked through its spots, the panther – and notably its fur in diamonds and onyx or sapphire – reigns over Cartier’s creativity.
Women wear the panther, for its independent spirit. Because it gives them the means to assert their freedom.
In the Cartier menagerie, the panther falls between abstraction and embodiment. Whilst its fur is enough to evoke the animal as a whole, Cartier continues to observe and reproduce the animal through a multitude of increasingly accurate poses.
Since its first abstract appearance in 1914, the motif has become a signature. Onyx or lacquer, diamond paving: Cartier plays on individual elements.
In 2005, Cartier designed a panther ring with a powerful design – a construction of graphic lines for a feline worn on the finger in self-affirmation.