Referred by King Edward VII of England as ‘the jeweler of kings and kings of jewelers’, the French makers of exquisite jewelry and exceptional wrist-watches with a long history of serving royalty and celebrities, which notably includes the creation of iconic Panthère brooch of the 1940s for Wallis Simpson ‘Duchess of Windsor’, Cartier has now gave an exclusive pre-view of the Rotende de Cartier 42 mm Panther with Granulation. Scheduled to be officially unveiled at SIHH 2013 on January 21st, the watch impressively sporting the 165-year-old brand’s iconic panther motif in gold granulation, actually forms the part of the Cartier d’Art line, presenting various artistic crafts, usually as part of the dial decoration. The Rotende de Cartier 42 mm Panther with Granulation has been impressively created using millennia-old goldsmith’s technique of granulation and immaculate artistic craftsmanship.
And, this technique in which gold granules are fused together to create exotic patterns actually peaked during the 1st millennium in Ertruia with exquisite objects in Etruscan granulation.
To create the panther motif on the 22-carat yellow gold dial, each tiny gold granule was hand-applied, one at a time, to achieve a lustruous sparkle from several angels.
Made in 18-carat yellow gold, the watch’s case is set with 306 brilliant-cut diamonds for 3.63 carats, while the beaded crown in yellow gold is set with a diamond.
Featuring the Manufacture mechanical with manual winding movement Calibre ‘9601 MC’, the Rotende de Cartier 42 mm Panther with Granulation with semi-matt black alligator skin strap, will be produced in a limited edition of just 20 examples.