Held on Friday 5 May at L.A.’s Milk Studios, the black-and-gold themed event was hosted by Cartier’s CEOs with Sofia Coppola. Guests included a host of Hollywood actresses and Bazaar cover stars and contributors Simi & Haze Khadra, Karen Wazen and Carla DiBello. Special performances were held by Alicia Keys, Lion Babe and DJ Mark Ronson, whilst guests enjoyed catering by top chef Thomas Keller.
The new Cartier Panthère watch in rose gold and diamonds
Cartier’s Panthère celebrated its centenarian birthday in 2014, after the great cat was first featured in George Barbier’s 1914 painting Woman with a Panther, commissioned by Louis Cartier. The Maison’s jewellery director Jeanne Toussaint thereafter used the Panthère motif throughout the 20th century in some of Cartier’s most famous historical jewels and objects.
A selection of famous Cartier Panthère designs, including a drawing of the first Panthère bracelet for the Duchess of Windsor, 1959. Nils Herrmann © Cartier
However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that the jewellers launched its first Panthère watch. Now regarded as an iconic timepiece of this vivacious decade, the relaunched model has been widely anticipated after Cartier fans were left bereft when it was discontinued in 2004.
The current Panthère de Cartier watch has been redesigned in a host of materials – yellow, rose and white gold or stainless steel with diamond and enamel finishings, complete with an invisible clasp. With clean lines and rounded corners, it is available in both 22 mm and 27 mm case sizes and is a leading example of blended watchmaking and fine jewellery expertise.
Director Sofia Coppola collaborated with Cartier to create a film dedicated to the Panthère
Renowned director Sofia Coppola helped Cartier with the relaunch by creating a film exclusively for the high jewellers. “I love the era when the Panthère debuted and I thought about the glamour, films and women of that time,” Coppola said. The film will be launched in June at the same time as the Panthère watches hit select Cartier boutiques worldwide. The timepieces are currently available through an online pop-up shop at Net-A-Porter throughout the month of May.