Those who love watches know that one of the most important timepiece exhibitions, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), takes place this month – starting on the 16th, in fact. So, in anticipation of the by-invitation-only show, certain brands are releasing sneak peeks at a few of the newest timepieces they are releasing. Cartier, for instance, has unveiled its stunning and highly unusual Panthere’ Joueuse de Cartier replica watch – with no hands.
The panther has long been an iconic symbol for the brand and many a great timepiece has been inspired by this mysterious muse. The newest copy watch – whose retail price has not yet been set – features a diamond- and gemstone-set magnificently sculptured panther seemingly emerging from the center of the dial. The panther seems to be continually pouncing – as it changes a tiny diamond ball that remains always a step ahead of its reaching paw.
As the diamond ball (set into a moving disk on the outer portion of the dial) rotates around the dial, so too, does the panther rotate (at a different cadence) in pursuit. In fact, the caliber 9918MC – set on a base caliber, 1904 MC – features a center module that moves the body and paw of the panther around the dial once every hour so that the paw (and head) indicate the minutes. The diamond ball indicates the hours.
The complexity of the movement includes incorporating a flexible toothed center wheel module upon which the minute disc, module and panther display are fitted, as well as the hour disk for the rotating diamond ball. In total, the movement consists of 214 components and 25 jewels. It offers a power reserve of 48 hours.
The stunning jeweled complicated 40mm fake cartier watch is crafted in 18-karat white gold and the case is set with 320 brilliant-cut diamonds. The center panther motif on the dial is set with 255 brilliant-cut diamonds, lacquer spots and emerald eyes. The watch is offered with either a white alligator strap or a fully set diamond bracelet. The strap version weighs almost six carats, while the bracelet version weighs 17.80 carats. To show off the meticulously finished complex caliber, the case back of the watch is sapphire. Though one most likely would not wear the watch in the water, it is resistant to 30 meters. The price has not yet been established.