Nils Herrmann © Cartier
Whether it's appearing in advertisement cameos or on fine jewellery pieces, the Cartier panther is as iconic an emblem of the high jewellery world as Tiffany's duck egg blue colour scheme or Bulgari's serpent motif.
However, the panther is perhaps most at home on the dial of a stunning timepiece and, to celebrate this signature of high jewellery horology, Cartier have teamed up with Harrods to exhibit 25 of its most beautiful Panthère watches.
Pictured: Rotonde de Cartier 42mm watch with 18 carat rose gold case, white, yellow and pink gold, onyx and lacquer panther motif on dial and alligator skin strap. Waterproof to 30 metres. Limited edition of 50, POA.
Photo 2000 © Cartier 2012
The exhibition will take place across Harrods' Private Penthouse and the Cartier boutique within Harrods department store. With a focus on the creativity and elegance that goes into creating Cartier's women's watches, many of the watches on display will never have been seen in the UK before.
Pictured: Panthère Divine de Cartier watch with 18 carat rhodium plated white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds, panther in 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds and enamel and black brushed calfskin strap. £92,500.
Nils Herrmann © Cartier
This represents a unique opportunity for avid watch collectors as every single item in the exhibition will be available for purchase. Potential buyers can book a one-to-one appointment at Harrods' Private Penthouse or Cartier's New Bond Street boutique with prices ranging from £25,000 to £500,000.
Pictured: Large model Tortue watch with 18 carat rose-gold case and crown set with brilliant-cut diamonds, 18 carat rose gold dial with stone and onyx panther mosaic and black alligator skin strap. Waterproof to 30 metres. Limited edition of 30, POA.
© Cartier 2014
An extension of the brand's 100th anniversary celebrations, the exhibition has been timed to coincide with the release of Cartier Panthère - a coffee table book published by Assouline examining the animal's century-long history at the fine jewellery house.
Pictured: Dial details from the Pasha de Cartier Panthère Skeleton watch featuring a manual wound mechanical movement, skeletonised bridges forming a panther head and a 72 hour power reserve. POA.
Vincent Wulveryck © Cartier 2011
Pictured: Promenade d’une Panthère 42mm watch featuring an 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold case and crown set with diamonds, deep purple mother-of-pearl dial, oscillating weight with panther motif in white gold set with diamonds and a black alligator skin strap. £131,000.