Presented at the SIHH 2016, the “Drive de Cartier” collection was immediately hailed for the stylish sleek lines of its cushion-shaped case and distinctive Cartier look. With bold Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands, guilloche or flinqué dial, and blue sapphire on the winding crown, the “Drive de Cartier” is instantly recognizable as a Cartier watch. This collection, made for men, comes with a new 40mm x 41mm curved case and domed sapphire crystal that are as enjoyable to touch as they are to wear. The “Drive de Cartier” watches with Date and small seconds, Large Date Retrograde Second Time Zone and Day/Night Indicator, or Flying Tourbillon, are all equipped with Manufacture movements visible through a sapphire case back.
Presented here in an 18K pink gold case and 18K octagonal crown set with a faceted blue sapphire, the grey flinqué dial on this Drive de Cartier model Ref: WGNM0004 features a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and calendar aperture at 3 o’clock that reveals the date. The hands, in gilded steel, are sword-shaped for the hours and minutes, with a leaf-shaped hand for the seconds.
Water resistant to 3 bar. Priced at EUR18,600. A second version in 18K pink gold has a silver flinqué dial and blued-steel hands. Also available in steel versions at EUR6,000. All are equipped with the self-winding mechanical movement calibre 1904-PS MC.
The Drive de Cartier Large Date, Retrograde Second Time Zone and Day/Night Indicator, Ref: WGNM0005, shown here in an 18K pink gold case with pink gold crown set with a faceted sapphire, has a silvered flinqué dial with Roman numerals and blued-steel sword-shaped hands. A large date at 12 o’clock and retrograde second time zone at 10 o’clock, with a day-night indicator between 3 and 4 o’clock, and small seconds at 6 o’clock, make this an elegant and easy-to-read travel companion.
Water resistant to 3 bar, and equipped with the self-winding mechanical movement calibre 1904 MC, this Drive de Cartier is priced at EUR21,900. A steel version is also available, priced at EUR8,400.
This new collection includes a flying tourbillon, and the Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch is magnificent! In an 18K pink gold case, with a faceted crown set with a sapphire cabochon, the white galvanised guilloché dial is positively stunning, with its silvered openwork satin-finish grid with sunray effect, black transferred Roman numerals, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, and the flying tourbillon complication with seconds indicated by the C-shaped tourbillon carriage. Powered by the manual winding mechanical movement calibre 9452 MC with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours, each movement is individually numbered, and both watch and movement are certified “Poinçon de Genève”. We admire the Côtes de Genève decoration through the sapphire caseback. Water-resistant to 3 bar. Reference W4100013, the Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon is priced at EUR86,500.
Brown, grey or black semi-matt alligator leather straps with 18K pink gold or steel double adjustable folding buckles complement the refined and assertive look of these timepieces.