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Cartier Vendome Panthere Ref. 183694
Cartier has always been a sophisticated brand, loved by Queens, Kings, famous people, and politicians. But now, even regular folks are into Cartier!
The Cartier Panthere Vendome watch combines two cool styles. First, there’s the Panthere, a sleek panther that Cartier has used as a symbol since 1914. Back in 1983, they introduced the Panthere watch when everyone was all about luxury and excess. It was designed to be super fancy, and lots of famous folks wore it. What makes this one special is its round shape, named after a fancy square in Paris called Place Vendome.
Place Vendome is a hotspot for famous people, fashion designers, and high-society types. Wearing this Cartier watch when you’re out and about there makes you feel like living that dream. But it’s not just for special occasions; it’s meant to last a long time. You can even pass it down to your kids.
This particular Vendome Panthere is slightly bigger then the classic size. Very wearable for the modern woman on any occasion! Let the party begin!
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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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