Cartier announced yesterday that it has released its 2017 Panthère de Cartier on sale with its entire UK retail network following a month of exclusivity with Net-a-Porter, Harrods and the brand’s Bond Street boutique in London.
The launch of the 2017 Panthère collection with Net-a-Porter was controversial when it was announced ahead of its May 1 debut because long term Cartier retail partners were not given the same opportunity.
It gave Net-a-Porter and the Cartier.co.uk website, which also launched the 2017 collection at the beginning of March, a one month head start on other retail partners.
That exclusivity ended in May, and Net-a-Porter’s website says it is no longer selling any Cartier watches or jewellery.
A message on the website says: “Sorry, the ‘Panthère De Cartier’ collection is no longer available to shop [sic] here. Discover it now in select Cartier retailers worldwide”.
The Net-A-Porter exclusive month may have ended, but WatchPro has been unable to find any other Cartier retail partner in the UK with the 2017 Panthère on sale.
WatchPro looked for the steel 2017 model number WSPN0007 on the websites of major multiples Watches of Switzerland, Goldsmiths and The Watch Gallery, as well as independents George Pragnell and Berry’s. All sites listed the model for £3700, but they were offered only for pre-order.
Buyers at major retailers told WatchPro they were not expecting deliveries of the new Panthère models until the middle of June, and that the watches would be available to buy online when they arrive.
At the time of writing, the only website offering the 2017 Panthère De Cartier models for immediate sale was Cartier.co.uk.