Louis-Francois Cartier founded the eponymous jewelers in 1847, and over the last 169 years, the House, which still bears his name, has built itself into one of the most respected and revered jewelers in the world. From the start, Cartier sought to blend classical craftsmanship with groundbreaking design, and first made his name as a jeweler to the English and Russian aristocracy. King Edward VII would later go so far as to call him “the king of jewelers”. In 1904, Cartier designed what is widely considered as the first wristwatch - The Cartier Santos - for his friend, the aviator, Albert Santos Dumont. The iconic and timeless nature of his design is evidenced by the fact that a version of the watch remains in production today. Cartier is also famed for its Panthère collection, which centers around designs bearing the signature animal of the house: The Panther. The Panther was first introduced as a pattern on a wristwatch around 1914, by the designer Jeanne Toussaint. The symbol now represents all Cartier watches, rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry.