As a part of the reopening celebrations of the Cartier flagship boutique at Ion Orchard in Singappore, an exhibition titled Cartier, Icon Of Style has been specially curated – showcasing selected historic and extraordinary jewellery pieces.

Cartier was the first jeweller to adopt the panther. The elegant feline was used for the first time on a wristwatch in 1914 with the setting of onyx recreating the animal’s fur.

When Jeanne Toussaint was appointed as creative director in 1933, the panther became even more as an emblematic motif for the maison.

Toussaint worked closely alongside  founder Louis Cartier and was nicknamed “La Panthère”, presumably due to her freedom, strength of character and love for panther in her lifestyle.

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The iconic animal takes the form of a gem-encrusted bangle.

One of her most outstanding inputs lies in the search on volumes and attitudes of the animal. For Toussaint, the panther – now an iconic motif – is clearly the emblem of femininity unfettered by convention.

Louis and Toussaint also had a mutual interest in, not to say a fascination with, other cultures. This has helped shape not just the aesthetic of one or other object, but the entire Cartier style. A visual language, which has extended to every creation and whose “vocabulary” has been constantly expanding.

The Cartier, Icon of Style exhibition highlights, among other things, the origins of the panther and its rich connections with some of the most well-known figures, such as the Duchess of Windsor and Barbara Hutton, just to name a few.

Open to all interested members of the public, the exhibition will run from Nov 24 to Dec 6. Keen individuals are encouraged to indicate registration interest on cartier-ion.sg/register as viewing slots are limited.

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An artist impression of the new Ion Orchard boutique, which is set to be the maison’s largest flagship store in Southeast Asia.