At the Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva earlier this year, there were plenty of dazzling timepieces on display. But one was literally, magical. Imagine a timepiece where by tilting it, an image forms and disappears. That was what Cartier introduced with the Cartier Révélation d’Une Panthère.
The panther has always been a well known and iconic image in Cartier, appearing in various forms amongst the jewellery and timepiece collections.
For this particular timepiece, it depicts the face of the panther that’s revealed akin to that of a hourglass.
By tilting your wrist, you’ll see several tiny gold beds move across the surface of the dial forming the image of a panther. The image also appears like it’s floating and when you turn you wrist again, it flows away. Needless to say, it’s a timepiece that will keep you fascinated and occupied for quite awhile!
How does it work? There are over 900 tiny gold balls which are suspended in oil under the sapphire crystal. It took Cartier five years to develop it and carries two patents. One is for the liquid which is used to suspend the gold balls while the other is for the type of glass that encases the liquid and beads.
The timepiece has a 37mm pink gold case with a diamond-set bezel (with over two carats of diamonds) and is powered by the manually-wound caliber 430. It comes in three versions with a black, green or red dial. While the black dial is unlimited, the red and green are each limited to 100 pieces.