The “Panthère” collection stays true to its original design with a old link bracelet, screws around the dial, softened angles, the octagonal sapphire crown, and Roman numerals: the Panthère watch is forever distinctly Cartier.
Design, shape, nothing has changed. Only the bracelet has been revised, such as the new quartz calibre.
This very feminine style comes back available in 9 models and two different sizes – 22 and 27 mm. Gold, steel, pink gold, steel and gold, even a laquered version, paved or not, the Panthère style raws for everyone.
So besides the fact that an in-house motion was becoming more and more important, Cartier realised quite well that to be really successful and reliable in the sphere of high-end watches, they needed to produce not just their own calibers, but also as many components as possible, such as the instance, springs, rotors, dials, hands, glass etc.Cartier constructed, during the Collection Privée period, a huge — over 30.000 square meters — manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds (see our coverage here) and began to work with a chosen group of watchmakers on a follow up project to be launched in 2008, all headed by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the genius watchmaker which was hired in 2005 and had worked in Audemars Piguet (Renaud & Papi) and van Cleef & Arpels. This very modern and high-end manufacture is currently together with the Rolex manufacture, the biggest in Switzerland!The first outcome of Cartier’s high-end watchmaking was presented in November 2007. A — by Carole Forestier-Kasapi — developed Flying Tourbillon quality was shown into the media. Regrettably, the opinion was housed in a 47mm oversize Ballon Bleu case, after the huge watch trend.Since the release of that Flying Tourbillon, Cartier didn’t rest on their laurels. While other top brands such as Audemars Piguet were carrying it quietly and satisfying the watch fanatics with ‘Offshore’ afterwards ‘Offshore’, year after year, Cartier made over-hours and devised new materials, new calibers and amazed the media every January at the SIHH with real novelties. In 2009, and in 2012, Cartier even invited over a hundred journalists from around the planet and flew them in to La Chaux-de-Fonds, to show the ID-ONE and ID-TWO watch at their own manufacture. Two prototype watches which would never hit the current market, but were made for research and — of course — to demonstrate the press just how far ahead Cartier was in fine watchmaking.