WHEN NIGHT FALLS
Made from a mosaic of miniature paintings on mother-of-pearl and diamond tiles, the animal symbolising Parisian nightlife takes on a new, intense and mysterious face when night falls.
The panther has been the Cartier emblem since the 1930s. It often appears on the dials of the Parisian brand’s watches and even has a collection named after it. Once again this year at the SIHH, Cartier showed off all its creative power by introducing a range of different timepieces, including the Ronde Cartier Regard de Panthère, a model with two different faces. As its French name suggests, the watch gives pride of place to a panther, the brand’s favourite feline.
The limited edition of just 30 pieces features the head of the fabulous animal on its dial. The big cat seems to lurk behind a curtain of tall grass, with its gaze fixed on its future prey. The dial has a chequerboard pattern decorated with miniature painting. The mosaic includes small mother-of-pearl tiles and a handful of diamonds, echoing the gems on the bezel and the pearled crown. The panther’s unsettling gaze is coated with Super-LumiNova®. So when night falls over the savannah and the watch is plunged in darkness, the black cat turns into a fearsome predator with only its almond-shaped eyes shining in the night.
On the upper part of the panther’s face, between its eyes, are two Breguet-style, gilded steel hands with “moon” tips. They discreetly display the hours and minutes, and are driven by the automatic calibre 1847 MC. It provides 40 hours of power reserve and is housed in a 36mm-wide yellow gold case.
The Ronde Cartier Regard de Panthère is worn either with a gloss black alligator leather strap with large scales or a semi-matt brown strap with a yellow gold folding buckle.
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By Sharmila Bertin