JUN­GLE BOOK Pow­er­ful and elu­sive; mys­te­ri­ous and beau­ti­ful. Char­maine Ho looks at the world of Cartier’s Panthère, brought to life through the in­tri­cate crafts of Métiers d’Art.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Jewels Bazaar -

Ro­tonde de Cartier watch with dam­a­scened

pan­ther mo­tif L AY­ERED E F FECT Show­cas­ing the art of dam­a­scen­ing – the in­lay­ing of pre­cious met­als onto a me­tal sur­face – this time­piece has white, yel­low, and rose gold wires ham­mered

into its gold dial for a 3D ef­fect. Black lac­quer marks the pan­ther’s spots. Pan­ther clip brooch (1949) with a 152.35- carat Kash­mir sap­phire cabo­chon J E ANNE TOUSSAI NT

A muse to po­ets, mu­si­cians, and artists alike, Jeanne Tous­saint ad­vised

well-heeled Cartier clients such as the Duchess of Wind­sor and Bar­bara

Hut­ton on mat­ters of style. She is also the per­son who fur­ther in­fused Cartier’s jew­ellery col­lec­tions with

an­i­mal in­spi­ra­tions. From Cartier’s new Mai­son des Métiers d’Art comes a stun­ning time­piece: the Ronde Louis Cartier fil­i­gree watch with del­i­cate lace­work cre­ated through beaten gold and plat­inum mi­cro-wires. More than a month of work and a host of spe­cially de­signed tools were needed to pro­duce this piece. Jeanne Tous­saint in the ’30s Wa­ter­colour draw­ing of a Panthère de Cartier de­sign The pan­ther’s first ap­pear­ance un­der a Cartier guise oc­curred in 1914, thanks to Jeanne Tous­saint, the brand’s

cre­ative di­rec­tor of jew­ellery. Nick­named “the pan­ther,” she is the sto­ry­teller who spurred the Panthère leg­end with her finely honed cre­ative eye.

De­sign draw­ing for a brooch with two pan­ther heads

De­sign draw­ing of the Pan­ther brooch (right)

Cartier d’Art Ronde Louis Cartier fil­i­gree pan­thers dé­cor watch

Steady hands are re­quired

The lace-like fil­i­gree com­prises mul­ti­ple com­po­nents

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