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Cartier celebrates 100 years of its iconic panther

Cartier celebrates 100 years of its iconic panther

A wild time

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The 2014 ‘Panthère de Cartier II’ collection elevates the historic feline in a multitude of new, imaginative designs

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cartier's introduction of its first panthère-inspired piece in 1914, a wrist-watch with a diamond case speckled with onyx spots. 

From then onwards, the panther has endured as the French heritage jewellery brand's most recognisable icon. 

To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Maison has created it's most extensive Panthère de Cartier high jewellery collection to date. 

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Comprised of 56 jewels, the 2014 'Panthère de Cartier II' collection elevates the historic feline in a multitude of new, imaginative designs while also incorporating some never-seen-before materials. 

The ever-transformative big cat comes to life in modern pieces that explore each "facet of its personality", according to the brand – from playful and wild to ferocious and tactile. A panther coyly wraps its tale around the wrist in an onyx, diamond and emerald bracelet while a more majestic piece in yellow gold with enamel spots proudly sits around an impressive citrine in a pendant (above).