Just before the SIHH 2016, Cartier decided to show its great creativity once more by unveiling its new Panthères et Colibri timepiece. This exquisite novelty features one of the brand’s most recognizable patterns, but this time in much more refined form.
Cartier Panthères et Colibri Watch is a spectacular high jewelry piece which is dressed in a rhodium-finish 18-carat white gold case encrusted with 314 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a black diamond-studded background of the dial that features a filigree of wild plants. The fully gem-set bezel nicely rounds the dial surface thus adding a contrasting halo of light. The watch also boasts a very interesting complication.
Time telling is not the highest priority of this feminine watch. Instead, the dial shows a panther with a hummingbird above (“colibri” is French word for hummingbird). Pressing the crown activates the dial animation – a pink gold baby panther emerges from beneath its mother, whilst the hummingbird ascends along an arc, with the distance it travels to escape the pouncing infant showing the power reserve indication. As I have already said, the baby panther, as well as hummingbird are made of pink gold, whilst the hands are in gilded steel. The beautiful dial also comprises 11 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The beating heart of the new Cartier Panthères et Colibri Watch is a new caliber 9915 M mechanical movement. Besides the simple hours and minutes, it also features a power reserve on demand complication, designed to show the amount of remaining energy. The manual-winding mechanism is capable to store up to 3 days of power reserve when fully wound.
The amazing Cartier Panthères et Colibri watch is housed in an 18-karat white gold case that measures 42.75mm in diameter and 11.4mm in thickness.
This splendid timepiece comes with an equally splendid wristlet. A fine black leather alligator strap completes the overall look, whilst its deployant folding clasp shines in the light of its 43 brilliant set diamonds. The new Cartier watch is also available with a gem-set bracelet.