Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Since Cartier reinvigorated its fine watchmaking department eight years ago, it has surprised us each year with one great complicated watch after another. This year, Cartier had a different kind of surprise: a resurrection of the Panthère de Cartier, which had been discontinued in the early aughts. Aside from a new Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon (new in the sense that these complications are combined for the first time), the Cartier Panthère De Cartier was the main introduction at SIHH this year, making it clear that ladies' watches aren't second tier in marketing strength or sales.

When you look at the state of the watch industry over the past year, the reintroduction of the Panthère De Cartier is not all that surprising. Like the Tank, Santos, and other iconic volume collections, the Cartier Panthère is a bread-and-butter core collection: a sure thing in an unsteady market. With multiple references and price points, it is exactly what the market seems to call for, again, at the moment.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The Cartier Panthère was originally introduced in 1983, and the relaunch design is exactly the same as the original: square case with screws on the bezel, Roman numerals, railway track index, and a tiny Cartier logo embossed in the X digit – distinguishing it from the counterfeits. Only the bracelet construction is new – it is more supple. All the movements are quartz, which keeps the watch elegantly thin, and true to the original design, which came into being at the height of the quartz era.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

The new Panthère de Cartier is a full collection in three sizes with a pavé version, a lacquer and gold version, a yellow gold version – a star of the original collection – and a two-tone model, with prices ranging from $4,000 to $140,000.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Cartier Santos Galbee steel and gold watch - image credit George Cramer, used with permission.

The Santos is also an iconic square-cased Cartier watch with Roman numerals and visible screws on the bezel, and at least one person I spoke to was confused about its similarity to the Cartier Panthère, so it’s worth showing the Santos here for comparison. The differences are subtle. The size of the bezel and screws are much smaller on the Cartier Panthère than on the Santos, and the lugs are more tapered, as is the crown. And on the Santos, there is no border on the railroad track index. (Although there was a border on the index of the original Santos watch created in 1904).

The Santos was created for aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, a friend of Louis Cartier, to enable him to time his flight legs without having to take his hand off the controls to reach for his pocket watch. It was a hit in Parisian society, and Cartier launched it commercially a few years later. The Santos-Dumont’s square shape was revolutionary for its time, and thus began Cartier’s adventure into the world of shaped watches.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Cartier Santos Galbee watch
Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On
Cartier Panthère Joueuse.

Although the Cartier Panthère volume collection was created in 1983, Cartier has been making jeweled Panther-themed watches since even before it created the Santos watch in 1904 – the only men who were wearing wristwatches at the time were soldiers in the South African Boer War, and that was because Africa’s climate was too hot for a waist coat, where a man’s pocket watch is properly kept. Cartier continues its tradition of jeweled Panther watches every year. This year, the new jewelry creations included, most notably, the Royale and the Joueuse. The Cartier Panthère Royale was inspired by a famous panther and sapphire brooch made by Cartier in 1949 for the Duchess of Windsor. It is designed in concentric circles set with diamonds surrounding a panther also set with diamonds and lacquer.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier is going to be releasing the Panthère de Cartier line in June 2017 with 16 pieces that are designed to appeal to virtually every possible segment of the market. Just to keep it simple, we'll go through the 22mm smaller models first followed by the 27mm versions.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Prices for the 22mm Cartier Panthere de Cartier watches are as follows. The all-steel model ref. WSPN0006 is $4,000; 18k yellow gold and steel two-tone ref. W2PN0006 is $7,350; 18k rose gold ref. WGPN0006 is $19,900; 18k yellow gold ref. WGPN0008 is $19,900; 18k rose gold with diamonds ref. WJPN0008 is $23,700; 18k white gold with diamonds ref. WJPN0008 is $25,400; the interesting-looking 18k rose gold with black lacquer ref. WGPN0010 is $24,900; and  the all white gold and diamond ref. HPI01129 is $81,000.

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Prices for the 27mm Cartier Panthère de Cartier watches: all-steel model ref. WSPN0007 is $4,600; 18k yellow gold and steel-two tone ref. W2PN0007 is $8,100; 18k rose gold ref. WGPN0007 is $23,000; 18k yellow gold ref. WGPN0009 is $23,000; 18k rose gold with diamonds ref. WJPN0009 is $27,400; 18k white gold with diamonds ref. WJPN0007 is $29,400; 18k rose gold with black lacquer ref. WGPN0011 is $28,900; 18k white gold and diamonds ref. HPI01130 is $112,000; and all 18k white gold & diamonds with black lacquer ref. HPI01096 is $141,000. cartier.com

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  • SuperStrapper

    A solid and popular collection I’m sure, but to me they just look as dated as they are.

  • SuperStrapper

    The difference in price between HPI01130 and HPI01096 is almost $30k, but the only difference in aesthetic is lacquer? That must be a lot of lacquer….

    • IG

      That lacquer is the finestest Swiss lacquer distilled from tears of unicorns.

      • SuperStrapper

        It’s lacquer, not liquor.

        Don’t feel bad, I got excited too.

  • The ones with the rectangular patterns on the dial look so fake. What’s the next watch collection…Must de Cartier? Parfums de Cartier? Cartier Jeans?

  • Marius

    This is a very nice aspirational product for those who can’t afford the real deal.

  • Gokart Mozart

    These are the types of Cartiers watches for the people with no interest in watches, and in my opinion brings down a little bit the watches Cartier have been doing for the last 10 years or so.

  • otaking241

    Cartier needed to do more to update these, or better yet just let this design rest in peace. Probably the weakest and most dated looking collection in their catalogue, IMO.

    • Michaelstocky

      Agreed!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    These are watches, that pimps of the eighties used to wear. A good piece of old world luxury. Perhaps some Hipsters make them famous again, like these cheap, golden Casios. Now Berlin-Mitte chic.

  • Geo

    To me they look timeless and not dated at all. In the 80s the Panthere collection was very popular, also among men. That won’t happen again now, but I am sure that the collection will be a hit among women. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ca6ec9da9255e5de231e599e6d0d50d94aaafeeb8fa62e6cd4c69cc2b9d06c71.jpg

  • Pete L

    Classic looking piece but cant justify the price for a quartz watch no matter how much ‘lacquer’ it has. If they did a bi metal automatic maybe for the better half….

  • Ulysses31

    Appallingly ugly variants. Two-tone watches are bad enough, but the model with the blacked-out links is even worse – like a smile with random teeth missing. Obviously it is trying to resemble an animal skin, but only if it were an animal from Minecraft.

  • Rob Crenshaw

    The first Santos pictured is not a Galbée but the second is. The links are square-edged and flat, the Galbée has gently curved links, which softened the watch but diluted the geometric symmetry of the design. Growing up in this era I remember these watches well, and applaud Cartier for bringing them back unchanged, many manufacturers would pull a “Ford GT” and come up with a modernized but lesser version of the original. As watch enthusiasts we are different, these models are not marketed at us, but at fashion conscious people who only know that quartz means more accurate.