Les Indomptables de Cartier: Luxury Jewellery Collection - Cartier

Once Upon a Time… The Wild, Wild Tales as told by Amira Casar

Aesthetic Tensions

Cartier dares to create jewellery hybrids through these strong, graphic pieces: bracelets, watches and sculptural torques featuring powerful volumes.

The Tête à Tête: A Theme Dear to Cartier

This bracelet design, inspired by ancient times, was quickly adopted by the Maison and became highly popular during the 1930s. Two decades later, Jeanne Toussaint, the creative director at the time, revived this type of piece. She promoted a naturalist approach and challenged designers and craftsmen alike to create ever more realistic interpretations of wildlife — of which the Panther is the most emblematic. 


In the 50s and 60s, these head-to-head chimeras or panthers became popular again thanks to strong-willed women who embraced them with style. Then in the 1980s and 1990s, Cartier expanded the animal theme of these bracelets to include new wild animals such as the zebra and giraffe through creations in yellow gold and black lacquer, with designs that revealed a new facet of these animals that were increasingly powerful and graphic.

The Savoir-Faire Challenges

In the Indomptables de Cartier Collection, everything contributes to the realism of the animal. Onyx – for markings and stripes – in a work of great precision down to the smallest detail, to create the illusion of a silky coat in Cartier’s “fur” setting, a savoir-faire signature of the Maison that sees each onyx stone encircled with minuscule elongated and curved metal grains, transforming them into fur threads that evoke the animal’s coat.