Cartier’s watches are more than skin deep although their design are so beautiful it’s sometimes hard to look pass it. While Cartier’s Privee Collection exudes haute horology credential, its prices are also out of reach for most.
Under the guidance of Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier’s shift toward in-house movement means that even their mainstream collection can also boast in-house credential.
For me, Drive de Cartier announced at SIHH 2016 is probably the most compelling new collection from Cartier fine watchmaking in years. Despite being definitively masculine, its line managed to be sensuous and will garner appreciation even from women who aren’t into haute horology.
The two most interesting Drive de Cartier models are the Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Watch and Drive de Cartier, Large Date Retrograde Second Time Zone and Day/Night Indicator in stainless steel (very mouthful).
The Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Watch will remain a grail watch for most people including yours truly priced at nosebleed $85,900 USD. Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon comes in at 40 mm, powered by manufacture manual winding mechanical movement, caliber 9452 MC. Watch and movement both certified “Poinçon de Genève” in 18K pink gold case, faceted crown set with a sapphire cabochon. The daily is white galvanized guilloché and with signature design DNA similar to its past Privee Collection, contains silvered openwork satin-finish grid with sun ray effect.
Of the two, the Drive de Cartier, Large Date Retrograde Second Time Zone and Day/Night Indicator is the more useful and approachable with the retail price of $8,750 USD. If you’re familiar with the Cartier Rontonde line, the layout is very similar with 12 hours retrograde GMT hand, monochromatic day/night indicator and big date design reminiscence of the Glashutte rivals (Lange and Glashutte Original). The crown is faceted sapphire as opposed to the Tourbillon’s cabochon. The movement is 1904MC, modified from same base as the first mass in-house started in the Calibre line.
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