Bazaar De­codes

A leit­mo­tif in Cartier’s most ex­quis­ite cre­ations since 1914, The Pan­thère has earned its spot in his­tory

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR STYLE -

Cartier’s first pan­ther spots ap­peared on a wrist­watch­in­hin 1914, its black onyx and di­a­monds herald­ing art deco. Jeanne Tous­saint, a well-known Parisi­enne who joined the com­pany al­most four years later and rose to be­come the di­rec­tor of jew­ellery, came to be at the heart of the Pan­thère cult. With jew­ellery de­signer Peter Le­marc­hand, she crafted the first brooches—a re­clin­ing pan­ther in onyx and di­a­monds on plat­inum—us­ing the de­sign later in neck­pieces, rings, bracelets, and evening bags. Al­most a cen­tury later, it con­tin­ues to be the French jew­eller’s sig­na­ture.

The Duchess of Wind­sor was the first to pur­chase a Pan­thère clip in yel­low gold with black enamel, crouch­ing on a 90-karat emer­ald cabo­chon. The Pan­thère se­ries was ex­panded to in­clude other fe­lines. This tiger, crafted from bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, was...

In its first Pan­thère de­sign for a per­fume bot­tle, Cartier launched the Pan­thère de Cartier, which fea­tures two big cats clasp­ing a bot­tle in the form of a facetted di­a­mond. The new­est avatars. From left: The Fab­uleux Baguette Pan­thère watch; a...

Duchess of Wind­sor

Bar­bara Hut­ton

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