Cartier’s headliner launch was the Clé de Cartier Replica collection, an entirely new family of timepieces whose case design incorporated a key-operated winding crown. Today Cartier unveiled the first skeletonized watch in that collection, which also features Cartier’s first-ever skeletonized automatic movement made in-house.
The movement in the Cartier Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton is Cartier’s brand-new Caliber 9612 MC, whose openworked architecture showcases bridges in the shape of Roman numerals III, VI, IX, and XII— a motif that Cartier has used previously in skeletonized versions of its Santos-Dumont, Tank MC, and Astrotourbillon Skeleton Fake watches, the last utilizing only the VI and XII numerals. The difference here is that the movement is self-winding rather than manual-winding. Cartier’s watchmakers met the considerable challenge of blending a skeleton structure with an automatic winding mechanism by developing a skeletonized rotor, made of 22k gold, that maintains a delicate balance between thickness and diameter; it is nearly invisible when not in motion, as the periphery of the rotor hugs the edges of the movement.
Caliber 9621 MC measures 31.05 mm in diameter and 5.66 mm thick. It is composed of 165 parts, among which are 28 jewels, and has a balance frequency of 28,800 vph. When fully wound, it holds a minimum power reserve of 48 hours, according to Cartier.
The Copy Cle de Cartier Automatic Skeleton watch is offered in a case of 950/1000 palladium, measuring 41 mm in diameter and 11.45 mm thick. The sword-shaped hour and minute hands are in blued steel, matching the blue sapphire that serves as the “key” in the winding crown. Sapphire crystals in the front and back of the case display the skeletonized movement from both sides. The watch, which is water-resistant to a modest 30 meters, comes on a black alligator strap with a double adjustable folding clasp in 18k white gold.
Most people familiar with the Cartier Fake Watches brand can easily point out a Tank watch. With their small proportions, distinctive square cases, and timeless looks, Cartier Tanks are often the go-to watch for those hunting for a simple, dressy timepiece. Many will also readily recognize the famous Santos watch; though laypeople will occasionally misidentify it as a Tank, most watch enthusiasts will appreciate it as one of the first wristwatches and first pilot’s watches.
Today’s time-only Tortue watch, available in either rose gold or white gold, carries on the historical design elements that have long attracted consumers, but with a few modern Drive de Cartier Replica flairs. The 36.1-mm-wide, uniquely-curved case, containing the manually wound caliber 240 MC, sits longer on the wrist than many traditional watches, at 44.95 mm lengthwise. The Swiss Cartier Watches features Cartier’s signature sapphire-beaded crown. On the multi-zoned dial is a silvered guilloché inner dial, separated from the outer guilloché section by an indented minute ring. The black Arabic numerals, following the curved elements of the case, feature prominently, while being quietly swept over by the blued steel, sword-shaped minute and hour hands. These models use either a matte brown or black alligator strap and fasten with a matching precious-metal deployment buckle.
This modern piece, for the most part, is designed strikingly similar to the Tortues of years past — especially the original 1912 models. With its distinctive case, sapphire crown, prominent numerals and, to some extent, its minute ring, the contemporary Copy Cartier Tortue Watches offers vintage elegance for modern tastes. The changes in the watch, as compared to its vintage predecessors, seem to be in line with today’s Cartier tradition of integrating haute horology and fashion. This is evident in the guilloché dial; the larger and less sharply angled, case, the inner, indented minute ring contrasting with an outer printed minute ring, and the still prominent but much more expansive numerals.
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