SIHH: Cartier Panthère Joueuse

The eye-catching Panthère Joueuse de Cartier is the latest in a group of timepieces offered by the brand that displays a mechanical dial animation featuring their now-signature panther. The large feline became a mascot for Cartier thanks to the panther design motifs introduced by renowned Cartier designer Jeanne Toussaint in the early 1900s.

When gazing upon the Panthère Joueuse de Cartier for the first time, the eye is immediately drawn to remarkable diamond-set 18 white gold panther.

Thanks to an all new complication, the centrepiece panther performs a vital function in telling the time, and you will notice the absence of traditional hour and minute hands on the timepiece.

The location of the panther’s paw and head now represents the minutes, while a ball, also in diamond-set 18k white gold, represents the hour reading. This mechanism is a joy to watch in motion, as it gives the impression of the panther coming to life and chasing the ball around the dial.

The main technical challenge that Cartier faced was the tremendous amount of extra weight that the panther and ball added to the load that the movement must drive, as well as reducing the resulting friction to a minimum.

Bearing this extra mass with aplomb is the caliber 9918 MC self-winding movement, and it will provide the Panthère Joueuse de Cartier with a lengthy power reserve of 48 hours. The watch will be available in a 40mm x 12.05mm white gold case with a diamond-paved bezel, with the option for diamond-paved dial and bracelet also available.