Cartier and the Panther: Destinies Intertwined
Wild, magnetic, feline, the panther has been a creative signature for Cartier since her first sighting in 1914.
The first transformation took place in 1948, due to Jeanne Toussaint, nicknamed “La Panthère”. An eccentric, emancipated visionary, she dared to flesh out the creature into three dimensions.
A Surprising Aesthetic!
Jeanne Toussaint’s Panthère became the signature for a generation of bold women who saw themselves reflected in her; first and foremost, among them were the duchess of Windsor, Daisy Fellowes, and María Félix.
The iconic feline exercises its power and magnetism on the Panthère de Cartier collection.
The Design: Naturalist, Graphic, Abstract
Through the design of the panther, whatever its artistic expression, Cartier always demonstrates its desire to embrace the essence of things. The shapes, colours, cuts, volumes, postures, and symmetry or asymmetry structure the design, and punctuate and unleash the composition’s power of abstraction.
For Cartier, what is most important in the word “savoir-faire” is the union of the two words. It is a dialogue between creativity and technique, a permanent to-and-fro between designers, watchmakers, jewellery-makers, gem-setters, polishers and gem-cutters.
Creative and Technical Harmony
Design, gem mounting and paving all contribute to the panther’s realistic charm, down to the very last detail – the panther’s silky coat, which Cartier creates using its own “fur” setting technique. The idea is not to imitate but pay homage to nature, to breathe life into the animal and to provide it with a personality.
Panthère De Cartier: A Total Inspiration
From jewellery and watches to perfume and accessories, the panther has been reinvented over time and through different collections.