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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: HPI01011
    Case No: 10296WX
    Model Name: Panthère Mystérieuse
    Material: 18K white gold, lacquer and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9981 MC, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold and diamond-set Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier International Limited Warranty dated 6th October 2021, instruction manual, product literature, cloth, additional strap, loupe, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Famous for creating some of the most magnificent, bold and important designs of jewellery since its beginnings, the story of the panther was first envisioned in 1914 when Louis Cartier created an invitation for a Jewellery exhibition featuring a lady with a panther executed by George Barbier. In the same year, Cartier released their very first lady’s wristwatch featuring onyx panther patterns and diamond-setting. Since then, it has become and iconic motif of Cartier witnessed in the collection of a wide array of royalties. Today, it has become an important collection of its own deeply rooted with the firm’s heritage and success.

    In the early 1800s, French magician and clockmaker Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin created the world’s first mystery clock. In 1912, Cartier released their very first example dubbed as the Model A similarly featuring a totally transparent dial with only two hands for hours and minutes. A state of the art innovation and a triumph to haute horology, the mystery clocks have also become an icon of the Parisian House of Luxury.

    The present timepiece is a masterpiece of its own. Combining two iconic features of Cartier, the firm released the exceptional lady’s wristwatch in 2016 called the Panthère Mystérieuse. Composed of 18K white gold and black lacquer, the watch features a design where the bedazzled panther motif is morphed into the construction of the case whilst featuring an off-centered mystery dial. Extremely eye catching and combined with excellence in craftsmanship, the present lady’s wristwatch is a red carpet delight. Offered in attractive overall condition and complete with its full set off accessories, this gem of a timepiece will surely impress any lady collector of fine high jewellery timepieces.

  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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Ref. HPI01011
A lady’s fine, elegant and impressive white gold, lacquer and diamond-set Panthère wristwatch with mystery dial, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2021
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$280,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$693,000

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)