Presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horologerie (SIHH) event in 2016, the ‘Drive de Cartier’ collection was immediately hailed as the stylish watch to have of 2016. With its a distinctive cushion-look and sleek designer lines, these timepieces look somewhat coupled with the traditional style of Cartier. All the trademarks of a signature Cartier watch is there – bold Roman numerals, sword shaped hands, guilloche or flinqué dial, and of course the signature blue sapphire in the winding crown. This collection, made for men, comes with a new 40mm x 41mm cushioned curved case and domed sapphire crystal that are so elegantly produced and similarly so elegant to wear, it may become a serious favourite amongst watch collectors worldwide.
The Drive de Cartier watch Ref: WGNM0003, presented in a 18k pink gold case and set with a faceted blue sapphire and grey flinqué dial has an air of grace about it. The timepiece also features a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and calendar aperture at 3 o’clock that reveals the date. The custom signature Roman numerals and the blued-steel sword shaped minute and hour hands, as well as the gilded steel leaf shaped seconds hand, round off this stunning watch by Cartier. Water resistant to 3 bars and equipped with the Cartier self-winding mechanical movement calibre 1904-PS MC, this 18k pink gold version is priced at £15,500 and its steel counterparts at £5,000.
The Drive de Cartier Large Date, Retrograde Second Time Zone and Dya/Night Indicator Ref: WGNM0005, makes it an elegant and easy-to-read companion to the Ref: WGNM0003 brother. Encased in a 18k pink gold crown set with the stunning faceted sapphire, this watch also features the classic silvered flinqué dial with the Cartier Roman numerals and statement blued-steel sword shaped hands. The timepiece has a large date at 12 o’clock and retrograde second time zone at 10 o’clock, with a day/night indicator at 3 and 4 o’clock, and a small seconds at 6 o’clock. This watch is also water resistant to 3 bars and is priced at £18,200. The steel version is priced at £7,000.
The new collection also includes an absolutely stunning flying tourbillon – and it is something to behold. The Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Watch Ref : W4100013, is housed in a 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 sun ray effect, black transferred Roman numerals, blued-steel sword-shaped hands and the flying tourbillon complication with seconds indicated by the C-shaped tourbillon carriage. This watch is 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”. Ref W4100013 is water resistance to 3 bar and is priced at a staggering £72,000.