You wouldn’t have found yourself alone had you walked up to the Cartier booth at SIHH 2017, wondering what the maison would unveil in celebration of the Tank’s 100th anniversary. But, of course, we know now that the closest thing to the Tank that Cartier was showing at the fair was the 2017 Panthere De Cartier.
The Panthere, albeit a much younger icon (introduced first in 1983), was taken off the Cartier catalogues some ten years ago. As it makes its comeback this year, the watch will firstly be offered in two size variations — medium and small — and three metal options: Yellow, red and steel.
Along with the above regular production lineup, there is yet one in white gold (medium sized), which bears diamonds all over (bracelet included). The other special piece in the collection is a rose gold duet, in medium and small, with a rather arresting art-deco stylized dial with a black lacquered pattern.
Cartier, though, seems to be adding ever new icons to their treasure chest quicker than most people can think of fresh new ideas. Ballon Bleu in 2007 and then just in 2015, there was the Clé de Cartier followed by the most recent addition to the family: The Drive de Cartier.
Commercially the Drive has been quite the success story for Cartier. Which is why it’s only logical that hot that wave, the maison chose to progress the collection this year. But while the piece that was probably brought to the show to “wow” the crowds was the Drive de Cartier Moon Phases, we know now that the one that actually stole hearts was the Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat.