All Eyes On The Panthère de Cartier

All Eyes On The Panthère de Cartier

All eyes on the Panthère de Cartier!

Opening on 26th October, Harrods in London are hosting an immersive experience about the iconic Cartier Panther. Visitors can see this incredible exhibit until the 27th November and  explore the various rooms narrating the Cartier story. 

At PRETAVOIR, we are proud to home the Panthère de Cartier across a range of eyewear pieces like the: Cartier Panthere Pilot CT0065S, Cartier Panthere CT0244S, Cartier CT0033O, Cartier CT0210OA, Cartier CT0149S & Cartier CT0198S

The Panthère collection is instantly recognisable due to the Cartier cat that proudly sits atop each frame. The three-dimensional panther is crafted from gold, onyx, sapphire and emerald. 

Through a series of interconnecting rooms, Harrods hosts an enchanting and captivating gallery that not only showcases the historical context of the designer and brand, but it also the customers who bring Cartier to life. Taking you on a journey, the exhibition details the design of the Panthère which remains just as captivating today…


The animal’s piercing jewel eyes are handsome and hypnotic, just like the first onyx and diamond spots that appeared on a Cartier wristwatch in 1914. This was the first instance of the imaginative and daring feline design of Jeanne Toussiant who was Cartier’s director of jewelry from 1933-1970.

Cartier Panthere CT0244S 005 Brown with Gold Mirror Sunglasses | PretavoirCartier Panthere CT0244S 003 Smoke with Gold Mirror Sunglasses | PretavoirCartier Panthere CT0244S 001 Smoke Sunglasses | Pretavoir

Toussaint was a well-known figure in Parisian society, she broke social norms of the time through her eccentric personal style. She was continuously pushing fashion boundraises by wearing pajamas and a full-length tiger-fur coat during the day -  this is what earned her the nickname of ‘La Panthère’. Louis Cartier gave her this pet name as a celebration of her courageous and adventurous spirit.

Cartier Panthere Pilot CT0065S 003 Silver Sunglasses | Pretavoir

Born in Belgium in 1887, Jeanne Toussiant’s family were lacemakers. She left home at the age of 13 and became a model in Paris where she entered society and became fast-friends with  Coco Chanel, Cecil Beaton and Louis Cartier. Cartier and Toussaint became lovers and, in 1917, he gifted her a cigarette case bearing the first figurative representation of the Cartier Panthère. The cigarette case was made with platinum and onyx with the large cat pacing between two emerald trees. In the early 1920s, Cartier asked Toussaint to join the Maison as he was eager to utilise her eccentric style and exquisite taste.  Initially, she oversaw the design and production of women’s handbags before moving onto become the head of the silver accessories. She was then further promoted to creative director of jewellery in 1933 where she moved Cartier away from the abstract, stylised panthers that had dominated their designs at the time. Instead she worked with the jewellers to create bold sculpted yellow gold cats with colourful stones and diamond spots. In 1948, Jeanne created a commissioned  piece for the Duchess of Windsor: a 3-D panther atop an 116 carat emerald brooch.


This piece heralded a new era for Cartier. Powerful, passionate and enigmatic, the panther has been worn by some of the world’s greatest tastemakers. Jeanne Toussaint’s timing was impeccable with this design, Cartier was ahead of the Early 20th Century craze for African and Asian Cultures as the world started to open up to forgein travel. Panthers already had a strong presence in Western culture through art and design, with strong ties to royalty and power. With the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the Western world was fascinated with Egypt and Cartier kept this allure alive through a range of necklaces, bracelets, brooches and timepieces. 

Cartier CT0033O 001 Black and Gold Glasses | Pretavoir

At PRETAVOIR, we are proud to stock the Panthère Pilot Frame: the timeless pilot shape features the emblematic Panthère de Cartier on either side of the frame. The very elegant and sophisticated design utilises three-dimensions metal panther head sculptures with jewelry finishes: black lacquer for eyes and nose to recall onyx. Precious finishes and the Cartier brand name engraved into the temple adorning the décor come together to make a truly luxurious sunglass frame.

Cartier Panthere Pilot CT0065S 002 Smooth Champagne Golden Finish  Sunglasses | PretavoirCartier Panthere Pilot CT0065S 003 Silver Sunglasses | PretavoirCartier Panthere la Pilote CT0065S 005 Silver Sunglasses | Pretavoir
Cartier Panthere Pilot CT0065S 004 Grey with Silver Mirror Sunglasses |  PretavoirCartier CT0065S 006 Glasses | PretavoirCartier Panthere Pilot ESW00093 Smooth Champagne Golden Finish Sunglasses |  Pretavoir
The Panthère design is just as mesmerising today as it was in 1914. On the CT0030S Cat Eye, the black acetate frame is strengthened by a solid gold panther with glistening dark onyx eyes followed by the engraved Cartier brand name. The three-dimensional sculpture elevates the sunglass frame to an exquisite jewellery piece unlike any other frame. 
Cartier CT0030S 001 Black and Gold Sunglasses | Pretavoir
The Panthère de Cartier is not just reserved for sunglasses, the proud panther can also be seen on a range of optical frames. For example, the CT0206O frame is a narrow rectangular design that features the emblematic cat. The elegant and sophisticated design is created with a bilayer front acetate and a combination of tone-on-tone. Perfected through a modern touch of the metal core, the three-dimensional metal panther head is finished with black lacquer for eyes and nose to recall onyx. 
 
Cartier CT0206OA 002 Glasses | PretavoirCartier CT0206O 006 Glasses | PretavoirCartier CT0206O 002 Glasses | Pretavoir
 
We hope you get to visit the Panthère de Cartier exhibition but if not, our team is at hand if you require any further information about the Panthère, or the Cartier brand.

You can get in touch with our team on live chat, email [hello@pretavoir.co.uk] and phone [0141 552 5065].

Au revoir,
PRET A VOIR

THE PRETAVOIR BLOG

Stay up to date with the latest news in the eyewear industry.

Discover the latest releases, technical innovations and who is wearing what... From glasses to sunglasses, lenses and frames, we've got you covered.


Feel free to leave us questions and requests in the comments section!

Au Revoir,
PRET A VOIR