After nearly three years of complete renovation, the Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue re-opened last week with much fanfare. The completely revamped mansion is the stuff legends are made of – much like all of Cartier. In fact, the mansion was initially purchased nearly 100 years ago with a pearl necklace.
It was in 1912 that Pierre Cartier, the grandson of founder of the brand Louis Cartier, began a search for a magnificent New York location that would rival the grand Paris Rue de la Paix flagship store. New York wasn’t easy, but eventually, right in the heart of Manhattan, he found a neo-Renaissance style mansion owned by businessman Morton F. Plant. Plant’s wife Mae had seen a natural pearl necklace (with 128 graduated natural pearls) at the cheap replica Cartier watches salon that was located on the 4th floor of a building at 712 Fifth Avenue, where the brand was initially set up. Pierre Cartier proposed to Plant that they barter the $1 million necklace for the $925,000 property. The trade is said to be one of the most astute business moves in Cartier history.
That piece of real estate at 653 Fifth Ave (at 52nd Street) has been the brand’s flagship American store since 1917. Its interior was a richly appointed mansion with large rooms and small rooms, and Cartier hired William Welles Bosworth in 1917 to transform the Morton Plant Mansion into the House of Cartier. Over the century, the exterior and main entrance have changed a few times, and in 1970, the exterior of the building was granted landmark status by the New York Preservation Commission. Since then, little has changed – until now. Just about three years ago, luxury fake Cartier made the decision to bring the interior of the mansion into the 21st century. The brand hired designer Thierry Despont as the lead architect for the two-and-a-half-year renovation.
“I wanted to give people the feeling of being in the grand house that it once was and to restore it to its full glory,” says Despont. “I don’t think there is any other store like it in the world.”
He went about focusing on lines of sight and opening the space up for a more glorious appeal. There are a multitude of rooms inspired by important people in Cartier’s history, including Jeanne Toussaint (Cartier’s most legendary artistic director), Princess Grace of Monaco (an avid fan and collector of exact replica Cartier jewels), and Pierre Cartier. The Toussaint room features fabric walls and embroidered furniture with herringbone wood floors, while the Pierre Cartier room, where classic jewels are shown, features green velvet drapes, a fireplace and wood paneling. The Princess Grace Salon features taffeta silk curtains, white walls and the crests of Monaco on the woodwork.
Other rooms with their own personality in the multi-floor mansion are named for greats such as Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Santos Dumont, Gary Cooper and more. On the fourth floor is a luxurious Service Salon, and a seating and bar area. The fifth floor houses the brand’s workshop and the sixth floor is a private entertains space with an expansive terrace overlooking Fifth Avenue.
In total, the new boutique space is four times the size of the previous one and has been expanded from 8,600 square feet to 44,100 square feet across four floors. Everything was custom made including more than 100 different window treatments and 43 different fabrics and wall coverings. There are 30 new chandeliers inspired by the originals, and a host of more than 100 newly acquired antique pieces, including desks and furniture, comprise the overall appeal of the boutique. Cheap replica Cartier watches online.
The official opening of the event last week included a lavish party in the mansion, as well as an after party across the street. It was a star-studded gala – with the unveiling of a new three-row pearl necklace being unveiled in honor of the original necklace that was traded for the property.
Cartier’s newest sports watch for 2015 is the Ronde Croisiere collection, and in many ways, it is an unexpected but not surprising move from the brand. Cartier is the most important brand within the larger Richemont Group of luxury companies, easily out-earning its colleague watch making family members such as Piaget, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and more. That means Cartier has a lot of responsibility to not only pick up on, but also react to market trends and demands. The Cartier Ronde Croisiere, when looked at from various perspectives, can very much be seen as Cartier’s answer to what some collector’s have voiced interest in, as well as what the consumer watch market seems to demand.
So what are those cries that Cartier is responding to? Well, for one thing, people are really into relatively simple and classic looking sports watches. Second, people have been complaining (and in many instances, very rightly so) that luxury watch prices are simply too high for what they are getting. Thus, the cheap replica Cartier Ronde Croisiere is not only a retro-inspired casual sports watch, but is also a model – with an in-house movement – that comes with a starting price of well below $5,000.
Overall, I like the Cartier Ronde Crosiere collection a lot in both styling and concept. It is a comfortable and attractive watch that serves a lot of stylistic utility. However, there are some very odd design choices and instances where you feel Cartier is specifically trying to defend the more extensive detailing in their higher-priced watch offerings.
I’ll begin with my biggest complaint about the Cartier Ronde Croisiere watch, which are the hands. People who know me are familiar with my pickiness over hands, but in this situation, I promise you that I am not being overly sensitive. As you can see, Cartier opted to go with skeletonized hands for the hours, minutes, and even a bit with the seconds hand. It is as though they chose the proper hands for the Cartier Ronde Croisiere dial, and then rather than include the expected luminant material, simply decided to skeletonize them. Even the round tip at the end of the seconds hand is skeletonized.
I find this design choice abundantly puzzling. For years now, I’ve seen an odd fascination with watch makers skeletonizing hands in situations where it makes no sense. Skeletonized hands can look cool and also serve to let the watch wearer more easily see subdials or other information on the dial that hands might otherwise obstruct. On a time-only dial (with or without the date), there is no functional purpose to skeletonized hands.
Speaking candidly with various watch designers over the years, I’ve inquired about this odd trend and have only determined two possible reasons. One reason is that most watches these days are designed in computer software where lighting can be manipulated as well as deceptive. What looks nice and legible in a computer drawing does not represent how something will look like in real life because of how various colors, materials, and finishes react to light. So that is one reason that you see many skeletonized hands on modern watches.
Another reason is simply “design.” Totally counter to the logic most watch lovers have, some designers feel that “hands are simply too bold and take over a dial.” Well, that is sort of the point isn’t it? Designers seem to be skeletonizing hands to reduce their visual “weight” in order to (in their mind) make a watch dial appear more aesthetically harmonious. Of course, to anyone who appreciates watches for actually reading the time at a glance, this notion seems… well, just really misguided.
At launch, there are three versions of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere and, while they are all attractive in the abstract, only one I can universally suggest as something to buy. That would be the silver dial model with the black hands. This is the only version where you have enough contrast between the dial and the hands for the watch to be legible in most situations. The gray dial is a close second, but not as good as the silver dial. On this model, replica Cartier was good enough to satin-finish the hands so that they provide more contrast with the shiny gray dial. Again, it is not as legible as the silver dial, but it is manageable. However, the most interesting model with the gray dial and pink gold-toned accents is almost totally illegible in many lighting situations. I can get creative with the photography and show the dial in its most flattering light (literally), but it would be misleading to suggest this as a sport watch that can be relied upon to easily tell the time at a glance. That is really a shame because I quite like that model.
In fact, when seeing these watches on my wrist, one of the first things I thought was “this is such a cool concept, and I want to adore these timepieces. I wonder if you could simply replace the hands with something better – filled with lume?” There are watch modifiers who could probably do this, and perhaps Cartier will change the Cartier Ronde Croisiere hands in the future. I don’t know, but my advice to them is that this would be a much better watch with hands that can be read on all dials.
OK, so now I’ve gotten that major complaint out of the way. I don’t like complaining (well, actually, I do, I just don’t like being overly negative without being constructive), but I can now proceed to talk about many of the very real positives about the Cartier Ronde Croisiere collection. In French, croisiere means “cruise,” and I think in this context, it refers to the fact that this timepiece is not just a sports watch, but a “casual” sports watch. Looking closer, you can see that what luxury replica Cartier did was to combine design elements of 1950s and 1960s era dive watches with their own product DNA in regard to having a dial made up of revolving Roman numeral hour markers. The combination actually works, and the wrist appeal for such a design is very high.
Of course, the Cartier Ronde Croisiere isn’t a dive watch. Cartier already has one of those with the Calibre Diver (aBlogtoWatch review here), which is currently my favorite sport watch in the brand’s product lineup. But the Cartier Ronde Croisiere isn’t a dress watch either. I would call it an elegant causal sport watch. To that end, the case is water resistant to 100 meters, and it comes on a nice black calfskin leather strap that has the visual look of canvas.
The Cartier Ronde Croisiere case is rather thin, at just 9.7mm thick and 42mm wide. The steel case has shorter lugs and is totally polished, making for a vintage-style look. The thin profile on the wrist makes it very comfortable, and the stubby lugs makes the 42mm wide size comfortable on most all wrists. I quite like the size and wrist presence of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere a lot – which is certainly a highlight of the piece.
The Cartier Ronde Croisiere is designed with a bezel that looks like a rotating diver’s bezel but it is fixed. The steel bezel has an ADLC black coating in a matte finish to give it that distinct look. This works really well on the steel and gold model that adds some 18k pink gold-plated accents on the bezel and an 18k pink gold crown. Black spinel is used as the cabochon material in the crown, versus the more common blue sapphire crystal of many other Cartier watches. The crown is very much within the scope of Cartier design DNA.
From a simple design perspective, the Cartier Ronde Croisiere dials are lovely. You have a traditionally-styled minute track on the outside followed with a ring of Cartier Roman numerals and some texturing on the inside. Everything fits well and is nicely proportioned, but there are, of course, the issues with legibility. On the gray dial models, the Roman numerals are too heavily polished and refract light, and this impedes legibility. In a sense, they serve to highlight the silvered dial Cartier Ronde Croisiere model since it works so much better given the much better contrast and less light reflectivity.
Inside the Cartier Ronde Croisiere is the brand’s popular and in-house made caliber 1874 MC automatic movement that operates at 4Hz and offers about 42 hours of power reserve. Given either the price or thin nature of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere, there isn’t an exhibition caseback, which is a bit less common for watches with the 1847 MC movement.
Cartier is a brand known for doing a lot of things right. They spend an awful lot of time making sure their cases are both refined and comfortable, and their timepieces tend to have an actual market appeal and wearing purpose. Another issue I would, however, like to take is with their deployant clasp used on most watches with straps. The system involves severely bending each side of the strap in order to size the watch – which is a bit frustrating. The good news is that when done correctly, you get a very precise fit. Also, the deployant uses a tension lock which, for me, always feels like you have to apply way too much pressure to close it. They look nice, but I’ve found putting on some best replica Cartier watches to not be as “luxury” as it should be. Nevertheless, Cartier has some excellent bracelets with corresponding deployants, so I know the brand is capable of more.
The Cartier Ronde Croisiere is a lovely creation and solid concept that offers a great watch for a solid price. I can easily endorse the reference CRWSRN0002 model with the light silvered dial and it is my top pick among the collection. It not only looks nice, but you can actually read it. The ref. CRWSRN0003 is also in steel with the gray dial which is a good looker but not as legible, and each of those models has a retail price of $4,650. We also have the ref. CRW2RN0005 Ronde Croisiere in steel with some 18k pink gold accents which has a retail price of $5,300.
Warning: This watch review with a difference may contain traces of mancrush. So let’s address the chiselled jaw on the elephant in the room. We envy the hero of this shoot, Mr Chris Edwards, more than just a little bit. Let us count the ways. He surfs and still dresses as sharply as anyone in the country (see these stunning photographs for perfectly fitted proof). On the business front, he co-founded a high-end tailoring business – Oscar Hunt.
To make matters even more unreasonable, he was recently crowned the Australian ‘Drive Man’ by cheap replica watches Cartier. But perhaps the hardest thing to stomach is that he’s actually a really good guy. And we know, because we were lucky enough to join Chris and Cartier in Florence for Pitti Uomo 2016. He wore the brand new Drive de Cartier for a week – and on the flight back to Australia, we asked him about it. Here’s what he told us.
My first impression was… that it looked different to most other watches you see out there. It was the unique shape that struck me the most at first.
Once I put it on, it felt… good. It definitely has a bit of weight to it but not so much that it feels too macho or over-the-top.
Looks-wise… I thought it looked quite big in the box, but on the wrist the proportions were great. It’s definitely a masculine watch but with a high degree of style and elegance. I tend to cut my shirt cuffs larger than normal to avoid catching on my wrist, so I can wear watches easily, and because of that, the watch sits well under the shirt.
What stood out to me was… the attention to detail. The subtle and precise engraving on the dial, the tinyluxury fake watches Cartier ‘secret signature’ in the number seven, and the softness of the octagon shape. It looks effortless, but I can only imagine the countless hours of work that went into getting it right.
I’d wear this with… my day-to-day suiting, my smart-casual and my formal wear. Essentially, I think the Drive is a really good all-rounder. I especially liked how the watch went with my navy linen suit. The simplicity of the replica Cartier steel case and black alligator strapworked really well with the deep blue. I also liked that the watch was able to carry a more casual look with the open-neck tan suit.
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By the end of the week… I loved it. I know that’s convenient, but it’s true. The more I wore it, the more it grew on me. Suits, both casual and formal, are an essential part of my life – and the Drive was versatile enough to complement them all. This watch nailed it.
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Cartier created a major surprise at SIHH 2015, when it unveiled the Clé De Cartier, a brand new collection featuring a new shape and movement. And the French Maison didn’t play it safe with its tunrkey watch either. Cartier developed, produced and assembled a brand new movement for the cheap replica Clé De Cartier. Its name — 1847 MC — pays homage to the year of the Maison’s Creation (MC) by Louis-François Cartier. Featuring an automatic mechanism with dual-direction winding, the robust Caliber 1847MC boasts a 42-hour power reserve. The Clé De Cartier collection comes in various sizes with 22 models available for men and women, including this cheap fake Cartier watches 35mm timepiece presented in pink gold, priced at $41,300. It also welcomes a much, much more expensive white gold flying tourbillon with diamonds, priced at $158,000. Made for men and women, this 35mm timepiece houses caliber 9452 MC, a manufacture movement with Geneva Seal and a power reserve of 50 hours.
With the recent release of the cheap replica Drive de Cartier watches, the brand once again heads back to its roots: fitting active gentlemen with an elegant timepiece for the road.
Believe it or not, Cartier actually has quite a rich history when it comes to driver’s watches, but has never been very outspoken about it.
In the decades immediately following Cartier having outfitted Alberto Santos-Dumont with the very first wristwatch for men to accompany him on his aviation adventures, Cartier’s male clientele was delighted with a collection of driver’s watches.
Cars really went through rapid developments in those days, and much of Cartier’s clientele comprised motor enthusiasts who enjoyed getting behind the wheel of their Bugattis, Hispano-Suizas, or Duesenbergs.
Some of these driver’s watches were created so that the whole watch sat on the side of the wrist with the display turned to the driver, while others had the dial slightly rotated off-center like that of the Cartier Tank Asymétrique.
More recently, Cartier continued the driver’s tradition by having a special edition of the Lincoln Town Car named after it, which was outfitted with a Cartier branded clock, but more prominent was of course the sale replica watches Cartier Roadster collection.
The Roadster made its debut in 2003, an interesting collection incorporating a chronograph and a GMT function. A limited edition was dedicated to former Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.
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The Drive de Cartier fits right in the middle of the sportive Roadster and the brand’s more classic vintage pieces. It’s stylish, it’s elegant, but when you change out of your Brioni suit and throw on that weekend cashmere sweater you don’t immediately feel the need to change your watch as well.
The cushion-shaped case of the Drive is a bit more rounded than one usually finds with this case shape. Combined with the domed sapphire crystal, it gives the Drive a real wrist presence that gets noticed.
The time-and-date version is powered by Cartier’s very own manufacture Caliber 1904-PS MC. Its dial is classic best fake Cartier watches with stunning guilloche stamping, a railroad track, and slightly raised Roman numerals.
Cartier kept this dial very clean, even forgoing the usual word “automatic” printed on the dial. I would have loved to see the dial be even cleaner still – meaning without a date – but Cartier is one of those brands that, next to serving watch connoisseurs like us, also boasts a large clientele who wants a great timepiece for everyday use and feels that a date is essential.
The Drive de Cartier is also available in a version powered by manufacture Caliber 1904-FU MC, meaning that it includes a large date, a retrograde display of second time zone, day/night indicator, and subsidiary seconds.
These added complications really use the space that the dial offers well, lending it even more depth than the time-only version’s dial. Of course, the practicality of these complications will also be highly appreciated by Cartier’s cosmopolitan clientele.
The cherry on the top is the cheap fake Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon.
Part of Cartier’s Fine Watchmaking collection, it not only shows the symmetry that I think really gets the best out of this model, but also features a flying tourbillon. It is powered by manually wound Caliber 9452 MC, a certified Seal of Geneva movement.
The dial features a more prominent guilloche upon which a frame featuring the Roman numerals and railroad track is placed.
The result is a true contemporary classic showing once more that Cartier still has the drive and passion to fit the more active gentleman’s lifestyle with fitting watches.
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When a brand introduces a whole new collection, press presentations usually focus on the new addition to the family. So when Cartier introduced the Drive de Cartier, I did not expect to find a new addition to the Ballon Bleu family in one of the brand’s signature red and gold boxes.
Especially not a Ballon Bleu with moon phase.
In Cartier’s rich history, the moon phase has been largely and conspicuously absent. Why?
That is a question easier to ask than to answer. In the early days, when the brand joined forces with LeCoultre to supply many of its movements, it would have been relatively easy to obtain a movement with this complication.
That said, replica watches Cartier wouldn’t have had problems obtaining any complication for its watches, yet as complicated as its manufacture clocks were, the brand always kept its watches simple, elegant, and uncluttered.
Refined details and dials did the talking, wrapped in timeless, shaped cases.
That does not mean that Cartier has always fully refrained from using the moon phase. The Santos, Tank Americaine, and Louis Cartier Tank all have featured models with moon phase and date hand indications, yet these are among the very few that Cartier made where the moon printed on a disk travels across a cutaway, the most traditional haute horlogerie way to display the moon phase.
Cartier has usually favored displaying the moon phase in a more unique way. The calendar and perpetual calendar Pasha de Cartier models of the 1990s all had a moon phase in which it was the disk actually moving in front of the moon to display the current state.
The same concept, but technically far more advanced, was used in the stunning Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon.
When Cartier introduced an upgrade of the Rotonde de Cartier Jour et Nuit in 2014 (and a new version again in 2016) it equipped this watch with a moon phase. Since the entire bottom half of the dial was available to do so, the brand opted for a moon phase indicated by a retrograde hand.
To come back to the original question as to why the moon phase has been largely absent from Cartier’s history, it is because it often did not suit Cartier’s design language.
Given this history, you can understand my surprise when I laid eyes on the Ballon Bleu with a traditional moon phase positioned at 9 o’clock. At that moment I had no shame, took the presented watch, and immediately strapped it onto my wrist.
The bezel features 1.47 carats’ worth of pavé-set, brilliant-cut, colorless diamonds, but I didn’t care. I also didn’t care that the watch was aimed at the female demographic. Hey, I have an x chromosome in my DNA like everyone else!
I didn’t even care that the two fashionable press colleagues from Vogue present at the presentation raised an eyebrow to my actions; fashion always starts by somebody doing something for the first time!
It’s no secret that the Ballon Bleu has been quite a success for Cartier. It not only pleased the existing customer base, it has also appealed to quite a few clients new to the brand with a collection ranging from the understated Ballon Bleu Extra Flat to the no-holds-barred Serti Vibrant (see Rods, Springs, And Palpitating Diamonds: The Ballon Bleu De Cartier Serti Vibrant).
As it is a well-rounded watch (pun intended), the Ballon Bleu features a design that is quite suitable to incorporating a moon phase indication.
This also becomes evident when you examine the care Cartier took to get this watch just right.
The “canvas” is a 37 mm Ballon Bleu with an aperture at 9 o’clock for the moon phase: Cartier opted to display the state of this celestial body in the most classic way possible. At first it looks like part of the fringe holding the railroad track was cut out, but when you look closer you see that it actually continues around the moon phase indication the same way it does near the crown; only the hour and minute markers are really absent.
Cartier also cleverly alternates the guilloche pattern on the dial, pulling the moon phase complication into the overall design of the watch, yet also subtly drawing attention to the complication.
Unless you are an amateur astronomer, a moon phase complication is pretty useless. It’s like those beautiful, handmade copper pots in your kitchen: they look great, but you never use them.
In a watch that is actually not a problem, but just like the makers of those handmade copper pots cheap replica Cartier watches online put a lot of effort in creating this moon phase module. I guess head watchmaker Carole Forestier-Kasapi and her team don’t get out of bed for anything less, but still the precision of the moon phase module is nothing less than impressive.
A clever setup with seven teeth and star-shaped gears allows the moon phase disk to make one full rotation in 59 days and 90 minutes. Since that covers two full lunar periods, the accuracy per lunation is 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes, creating an error of only 57.2 seconds per lunation (11 minutes and 26.4 seconds a year).
You probably won’t notice it, but please make sure to tell your grandchildren that they tell their grandchildren that a little over a hundred years from now, they need to reset the moon phase by one full day.
Did I already mention that the moon phase is an actual module? One that sits on top of the movement? I have been told by luxury fake watches Cartier that it not only fits on externally sourced calibers, but can also easily be adapted for use on Caliber 1904 MC and 1847 MC.
That is very good news because, unlike me, you might not jump at the opportunity of putting a gold-encased, diamond-set 37 mm ladies’ watch on your wrist.
However, if this was a gold or stainless steel Calibre de Cartier on a leather strap, it would would probably be a whole different ball game for you, and that might just be what Cartier has in store for us in the near future. Quick Facts
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The Cartier High Jewelry Koinobori Secret watch is a unique creation from the celebrated French maison. Launched in Hong Kong last year at Watches & Wonders, the region’s premier watch event, this one-of-a-kind bracelet holds a beautiful secret: a hidden watch dial.
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For 2015, Cartier has released the brand new Clé de Cartier collection of watches for both men and women. We included the Clé de Cartier as one of our top 10 new watches for SIHH 2015, and for good reason – it sports not only a completely new case design, but also a new movement. While the 2015 Clé watches are exclusively going to be offered cheap replica cartier watches in 18k gold (various colors), we anticipate that Cartier will flesh out the Clé de Cartier collection more over the next few years and likely offer steel models as well. So let’s go over the Cartier Clé de Cartier timepieces for 2015, and see what makes Cartier’s new dress watch collection interesting.
“Clé” stands for “key” and refers to the crown of the new watch which isn’t your typical round crown. Instead, the Cartier Clé de Cartier watches have long crowns that offer an interesting tactile experience. The crowns lock into place and, when turned, feel like you are literally winding the key of an old clock or pocket watch. Set into the “key style” crowns are blue sapphire cabochons – a hallmark of most Cartier timepieces.
While Cartier has designed the Clé de Cartier collection for both men and women, the larger model is 40mm wide and what guys will gravitate to. The case is more or less tonneau-shaped with a round dial. The case is also curved and sits on the wrist with incredible comfort. Cartier shows their unique ability to offer a refined, unique, yet familiar look right off the bat. There is nothing I find more exciting than a brand new family of watches that will be built out to include a range of models over the years. Cartier was last able to accomplish this with new model families such as the Ballon Bleu and the Calibre.
Looking at the Cartier Clé de Cartier case carefully, you can admire the elegance and sophistication Cartier wanted to make sure it evoked. Cartier was certainly successful in producing a design that incorporates a series of very interesting lines when looked at closely, as well as a shape that is attractive when viewed from afar.
There is a certain “retro-ness” to the Cartier Clé de Cartier that comes from the tonneau-style case that has thick sides which slope down and become the lugs. This creates the sense that the watch is just a little bit larger than it is, and at 40mm wide (in its largest form), I think it makes for a handsome men’s model. I can’t overstate how comfortable the Clé is on the wrist. This is due to the curvature of the case which allows the watch to sit low and snug on the wrist.
The comfort is also emphasized by the available bracelet (as seen in the video) – which is also a totally new design. In this day and age, new watch bracelet designs are rare – which is a shame. Only brands like Cartier seem to even be coming out with new bracelets, while most other brands seem to take the route of pairing watches with straps. The Cartier Clé de Cartier is available on alligator straps but, in my opinion, is best suited to the bracelet which has been specifically designed for the Clé.
What I first noticed about the Clé de Cartier’s bracelet is how thin it is. Many metal bracelets today have very thick links – especially in contrast to more historic bracelets. To see an elegantly thin bracelet is not only welcome but means that you’ll have a very comfortable experience on the wrist. Thick metal bracelets are often synonymous with sport watches and thinner bracelets are more common on dress watches. As new dress watches with bracelets are more and more uncommon, it is almost surprising to see a new one done right.
I’ve mentioned in the past that the production of new bracelets requires a lot of R&D as well as the production of a lot of additional parts. Only brands with an economy of scale like best replica Cartier watches, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Omega, etc… can feasibly enter the world of making new bracelets. In a world of low production numbers and limited editions – we can’t expect to enjoy the benefits of new case and bracelet designs all that often.
Returning to the Cartier Clé de Cartier, let’s look at the dial. Here, you see a lot of typical Cartier lines and features, but with enough new little details to make the Clé de Cartier collection distinct from the rest of what Cartier has to offer. Black Roman numerals? Check. Blued-steel hands? Yup. I actually thought the hands were black original (and that would have been cool), but they are blued steel. You also have a perfectly symmetrical dial with the date window being placed at six o’clock. Oh, I should mention that, while the hands and hour markers are black on the men’s models, the smaller models for women have blue hour markers and hands.
While the men’s Clé de Cartier models are 40mm wide (available in 18k white, pink, and yellow gold for 2015), the women’s models come in either a 31mm- or 35mm-wide size. All have automatic movements. Speaking of movements, in addition to the Clé de Cartier’s new design, we get a new movement. It is the in-house made luxury fake Cartier 1847 MC automatic watches. Similar to the 1904 MC movement, the 1847 MC has central hands for the minutes, hours, and seconds, as well as an semi-instant-jumping date. The automatic rotor winds in both directions, and it has a power reserve of 42 hours, operating at 4Hz.
In 18k gold, the Cartier Clé de Cartier will have a lot of competition at its price level – but then again, it does have that Cartier caché to it. I think that Cartier will be rather successful with a model such as this and as a dress watch or casual elegant watch, it is a win. Now, let’s just wait for some steel options. Price for the Cartier Clé de Cartier is $21,000 for the 18k white gold model on a leather strap seen here, $19,700 for the exact fake Cartier watches rose gold version on leather strap, and $36,600 in yellow gold on bracelet.
Ever since Cartier released the 41mm-wide version of the Cartier Clé watch with the “mysterious hours” complication (hands-on here), I’ve been quietly in love with this still newer case design as the foundation of interesting, more high-end models that are nevertheless simple in their presentation (the Cartier Clé collection as a whole was introduced at SIHH 2015). SIHH 2016 sees the debut of the Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton, which takes Cartier’s now popular in-house-made and distinctly skeletonized watch +movements a step further by adding automatic winding – a first for a movement of this type produced by cheap replica Cartier watches.
Skeletonized mechanical watches are enjoying a sort of new golden age because the visually very satisfying decoration process also happens to help watch lovers justify why they spend the big bucks on luxury timepieces. It isn’t always enough to have a mental reminder that your high-end timepiece contains a nice movement – sometimes you want a constant reminder on your wrist. Moreover, the skeletonization process offers a very real view into the operation of these tiny machines which track the time. The emotional enjoyment one receives from viewing the moving gears, beating regulation system, and hand-finished surfaces should never be underestimated.
The challenge in offering a skeletonized movement is in making it both visually attractive, as well as legible and practical. Sometimes movements that were never meant to be skeletonized receive the decorative process and aren’t that amazing-looking as a result. Over the last few years, we’ve seen more and more movements designed from the ground up with skeletonization in mind. Cartier isn’t shy about the fact that it meant for the in-house calibre 9621 MC to be cut up and decorated. In fact, the signature Roman numeral hour markers are actually part of the movement bridge structure itself.
With that said, the challenge in maintaining a high degree of legibility in the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton is due to the fact that the face is really a fake Cartier watches skeletonized dial that sits on top of a skeletonized movement. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this from Cartier, and the result is something that does feel beautiful albeit impractical from the perspective of daily utility. Granted, this isn’t going to be the most precise-to-read timepiece you’ll probably own, but the blued steel sword-style hands over the full scale of Roman numeral or baton hour markers make the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton watch convenient to live with, at least.
With its retro-style cusion-shaped case and wide lugs, the 41mm-wide (water resistant to 30 meters) size feels good even if the strap feels a bit proportionally narrow given the overall size of the case. The case is also a stately 11.45mm thick, which is a size that makes itself known, but also isn’t overly thick by any means. Of course, despite all my talk of practicality, the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton arrives exclusively in a 950 palladium case. If you prefer, Cartier also offers a version of the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton with brilliant-cut diamonds set on the case.
The in-house-made Cartier 9621 MC is both attractive and practical, operating at 4Hz (28,800bph) with about 48 hours of power reserve. Produced from 165 parts, the automatic rotor is also highly skeletonized being produced from 22k white gold. Given the gold’s weight, I am sure it provides enough mass for appropriate automatic winding efficiency.
Don’t forget that, because this is a cheap replica Cartier Clé case, you get the nifty Clé (“key”) winding key-style crown. This rectangular-shaped crown has a fixed resting position to fit evenly with the case and a very interesting tactile experience when being wound. Yes, it is fun to use the crown, but I prefer not being forced to use the crown all the time, which is why I am happy the 9621 MC movement is an automatic.
Minor downsides of any dramatically skeletonized watch such as this is that your wrist will always provide a backdrop as your peer through the timepiece. The notion of being able to see right through the movement and inspect all of its little angles is great, but oftentimes you need to beautify your own wrist in order to make it work properly. The approach Arnold & Son took with their Time Pyramid is one that I would like more companies to explore. The newest version of the Time Pyramid in steel has a piece of “one-way mirror” that when viewed from the dial side is literally a sort of silvery mirror, and when viewed from the caseback offers an only marginally opaque view through the rear of the watch. Just throwing that out there because I know how sexy watches like the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton (and many other skeletonized watches) look in the abstract – only to result in a different consumer opinion once they put the watches on their own wrists.
In any event, Cartier does not exactly venture deep into new territory with the cheap fake Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton, but this is nevertheless a useful and beautiful evolution that appropriately extends the focus on their haute horology work in the right direction – for those who can budget for timepieces at this level. Price is $56,000 in palladium and $119,000 with diamonds.