Ever since Cartier’s legendary designer Jeanne Toussaint introduced the panther design motif in the early 20th century as luxury brand’s mascot, it has appeared on their watches and jewelry in many different forms. One of the three watches that making its way to SIHH 2017 which starts next Monday (16th January) is a high-jewelry watch named, the Panthère Joueuse de Cartier.
The most noticeable thing on the watch is – it comes sans hour and minute hands. Even without hands, there has to be a way to tell time, right? Cartier achieved this feet by using panther and its paw to play the minute hand and the diamond studded ball to play the role of the hour hand. When everything is in motion it looks like the panther is chasing the ball around the dial.
When you have decorated the dial with a whole bunch of diamonds and gemstones, it ends up being quite heavy. The white gold panther and the ball are set with 18 carat white diamonds and the heavy mass of these posed a couple of technical challenges for watchmakers at Cartier.To solve the issue of heavy load the movement has to drive and to reduce the resulting friction they have incorporated two moving disks for the panther and ball to ride atop.
The self-winding caliber 9918 MC is the power behind the Panthère Joueuse de Cartier and offers a 48-hour power reserve. The complicated movement consists of 214 components and 25 jewels. The 40mm x 12.5mm white gold case is available in two variations – with diamond-set bezel with a white alligator strap, and diamond-set bezel, dial, and bracelet. For retail price information, we will have to wait till SIHH 2017 to get things going.