|Year of production (circa)||
Gold / steel
Cartier service papers 2023, Original box & papers
Cartier Panthere Ref. 8394
Timeless Elegance: Cartier Panthère
Introduced in 1983, during the pinnacle of luxury, the Cartier Panthère swiftly captured hearts with its sleek and sophisticated design. Featuring a concealed clasp and a linked bracelet, this timepiece exudes understated charm. Its popularity soared, drawing admiration from icons like Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and Pierce Brosnan, the illustrious 007 agent, both counted among its avid fans.
The Panthère before you is from 1984, and has just returned from Maison Cartier after a thorough servicing. Accompanied by its original box and papers, this watch stands as a testament to Cartier’s commitment to excellence. Its elegant and compact form is accentuated by an edgy gold steel construction and a captivating beige dial. The inside of the watch houses a convenient quartz movement that enables you to see the date, both of these characteristics will offer a worry-free wearing experience.
In the realm of horology, watches are often passed down from fathers to sons, as exemplified by the timeless adage of Patek Philippe: “You do not own a watch, you merely look after it for the next generation.” But why should men have all the fun? Ladies, it’s time to embrace this tradition and present your daughter with a splendid timepiece that she will cherish for a lifetime.
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Cartier was founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in Paris in 1847. As number 59 on the Forbes most valuable brands list, it is safe to say that Cartier is a household name in the world of jewelry and watches.
Don’t be fooled by the glitter and glamour of the brand though. There is serious watchmaking heritage present here. Think, for instance, of the introduction of the men’s wristwatch. Up until the early 20th century, wristwatches were for women only. But then in 1904, the Brazilian dandy pilot Santos Dumont asked Louis Cartier for a more convenient solution to replace his cumbersome pocket watch. Cartier designed the Santos, the world’s first ever wristwatch for men. Who knows, we may have been Amsterdam Pocket Watch Company today, without Cartier’s massive influence on fashion!
Cartier is primarily known for its classic designs. Another famous example is the Tank. Inspired by a Renault tank from the WWI era, the rectangular case resembles the footprint of those early threaded vehicles. Like the Santos, its design has hardly changed in over a century.
The recipe is clear: white dials, heat-blued hands, stark black Roman numerals and a sapphire cabochon in the crown. We try not to be too liberal with the term iconic, but it surely applies here! Countless variations in case shapes, sizes, movement types and materials have been made. From the Ronde to the Pasha and from the Baignoire to the Ceinture. A fun detail is the signature below six o’ clock. “Swiss” indicates that these are Swiss made watches. But some come with a “Paris” designation, signaling those examples were sold in Cartier’s flagship store in Paris, Place Vendôme. A particularly desirable and collectible feature.
Cartier remained a family business until 1964. Today, it is part of the Richemont group, like IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Panerai, among many others. The classical designs remain a favorite among collectors and fashionistas alike.
If it is a timeless watch you are after, Cartier could just be perfect for you. Most of its designs are based on themes over a century old. And they have looked fresh and relevant ever since. We are confident they will remain so for a long, long time to come!
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