If You Look Closely, You'll Spot This One Accessory in So Many Iconic Pictures

Emma Spedding
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Princess Diana wore the Cartier Tank watch.

A luxury watch is one of the biggest investments you can make when it comes to your wardrobe, and so it's an item that requires considered research. When it comes to fine jewellery and watches one of the most iconic brands is heritage label Cartier, and if you look closely in any picture of a celebrity, royal or world leader over the past 50 years you're likely to spot a Cartier watch. Michelle Obama, Muhammad Ali, John F. Kennedy, Madonna, Andy Warhol, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana and many more have all worn a Cartier watch. The Tank is the style with the most history, as it is over 100 years old and has been worn by all the Hollywood greats from Fred Astaire to Kanye West, however, the recently relaunched Panthère is also a modern classic.

The first Panthère de Cartier watch was launched in 1983 and has an '80s feel thanks to the chunky gold bracelet strap. Cartier is regarded as one of the first to create a 'jewellery watch' with the Panthère, thanks to the flexible gold chain bracelet paired with the square watch face with rounded corners. It is named after the panther, which is the emblem of the house, as the slinky chain resembles the movement of the animal as it prowls.

The original watch was popular throughout the '80s and '90s and had a firm celebrity following. Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jane Fonda wore it throughout the decade. The watch was then relaunched four years ago in 2017 with subtle updates to the design, such as a whiter dial and tighter links in the bracelet, which the house said was done to further accentuate the jewellery aspects of the design. The watch looks particularly amazing paired with gold hoops and chain jewellery for the full '80s feel. The relaunched watch has been seen on a long list of celebrities' wrists such as Dua Lipa, Sienna Miller, Anne Hathaway and Kirsten Dunst.

Keep scrolling to see how people have been wearing the Panthère de Cartier for the past three decades, and then a closer look at the recent designs.

Celebrities Wearing the Panthère de Cartier

Jane Fonda in 1987 wearing the watch which many regard as an emblem of the '80s.

Gwyneth Paltrow wore this throughout the '90s, often paired with her simple monochrome outfits.

Sienna Miller is a fan of Cartier, and here wore it a Panthère party with a simple silk cami and skirt, showing it is beautiful with eveningwear.

Madonna wore the Panthère throughout the '80s.

Dua Lupa pairs her Panthère with lots of gold jewellery.

Another classic Gwyneth '90s look, made even better with her gold watch.

Here is a closer look at Sienna's wristwatch.

Anne Hathaway is another Hollywood star who has the Panthère de Cartier.

Shop Panthère Watches

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 20mm Small 18-Karat Gold Watch (£32200)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 22mm Small 18-Karat Gold and Stainless Steel Watch (£7000)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Small 22mm 18-Karat Gold Watch (£18900)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 22mm Small 18-Karat Rose Gold and Stainless Steel Diamond Watch (£10600)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 22mm Small Stainless Steel Watch (£3750)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Manchette 22mm 18-Karat Rose Gold and Diamond Watch (£41300)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 22mm Small 18-Karat Gold Watch (£30000)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Manchette 20mm Small 18-Karat Rose Gold and Diamond Watch (£39400)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 22mm Small 18-Karat Pink Gold Diamond Watch (£22400)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier 22mm Small Stainless Steel and Diamond Watch (£7300)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Medium 27mm 18-Karat Pink Gold and Diamond Watch (£24400)

Cartier Panthère De Cartier Manchette 22mm Rhodium-Finish 18-Karat White Gold and Diamond Watch (£44200)

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