Watches: Cartier Rêves de Panthères

By Thierry Ané on December 30, 2014

No more than three weeks to go before we finally get the chance to discover the amazing creations of 16 of the most prestigious brands in the Haute Horlogerie sector. The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) that will be held in Geneva from January 19 to January 23, 2015 is undoubtedly one of the year’s highlights for every watch journalist and timepiece enthusiast on the planet!

In order not to overwhelm these watch connoisseurs with too much beauty and creativity in a single week, these renowned Manufactures are offering a few sneak peeks of the 2015 vintage. Today, it is Cartier’s turn to arouse our interest with a magnificent creation from the High Jewellery collection: the Rêves de Panthères.

Entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds, this 42 mm white gold timepiece with a thickness of 11.75 mm surely qualifies for a high-end jewellery label. What makes it interesting, though, is that this ladies’ watch is not just another premium-quality diamond-packed creation for rich customers who think a timepiece is just another opportunity to cover your wrist with precious stones and showcase your wealth and bad taste…

In line with this great Maison’s spirit, it is delightfully tasteful and also remarkably “horological” with a feminine perspective. Indeed, this beauty transforms a very simple, almost boring complication, namely the “day-night” indication, into a highly poetic show!

In a beautiful homage to this venerable Maison’s heritage, three white gold and black lacquer panthers sit at the forefront of the semi-circular dial on a bed of white diamonds. They observe the upper semicircle where the animated show takes place. Indeed, a large disc featuring several shades of blue moves almost imperceptibly during the day in a 24-hour revolution.

One half symbolises daytime with a shining sun and birds in the sky while the moon surrounded by piercing stars adorns the night’s sky on the other half of the disc. On their incessant rotation, both celestial bodies indicate the hours of day and night as they sweep in front of large Roman Numerals and diamond hour markers. The minutes are indicated in a classic way through a blue sword-shaped central hand.

The magic of this Rêves de Panthères is made possible by Cartier’s in-house 9916 MC calibre. This self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve counts no less than 240 parts and 36 rubies. Finished in the pure tradition of Haute Horlogerie, it can be admired through the sapphire crystal on the case back. The Rêves de Panthères is paired with a beautiful dark blue alligator strap secured by a folding buckle in white gold, also set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

This Rêves de Panthères or “Dreams of the Panthers” in English will also make many women dream and the very few lucky owners extremely happy! The watch perfectly exemplifies Cartier’s huge expertise in the fields of both Haute Horlogerie and Haute Jewellery. This temple of luxury never fails to excel in both fields and always knows how to create something absolutely unique by combining them.

For more information please visit the Cartier web site.

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