The deep black wave that has been sweeping over the watch industry for several years has finally caught up to two of today’s most iconic men’s dress watches. The Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Replica and Cartier Santos 100 Replica Watches are now both available in sleek, all-black ADLC cases.
The familiar, curved rectangular case of the Cartier Santos 100 Carbon, here in steel with a charcoal-like ADLC finish, measures 51.1 mm x 41.3 mm in diameter and 10.34 mm thick and is water-resistant to approximately 100 meters. The matte black dial has sword-shaped hour and minute hands with a luminescent coating and a contrasting red central seconds hand. Its seven-faceted crown is set with a faceted synthetic spinel. The Swiss Cartier Watch is outfitted with Cartier’s in-house, automatic Caliber 1847 MC, which has a power reserve of 42 hours.
The Fake Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Carbon Watches, which is also powered by manufacture Caliber 1847 MC, features an ADLC-coated, round 42.1-mm case water-resistant to 30 meters. Like the Santos, the watch has a black dial with contrasting white Roman numerals and sword-shaped, luminous-coated hands under a sapphire crystal.
The center of the dial is enhanced with a radiating guilloché pattern and the date appears in an aperture at 3 o’clock. Like all Charming Fake Cartier, its fluted winding crown is set with a blue cabochon-shaped spinel and protected by a curved arch. The black calfskin strap integrates seamlessly into the case lugs and fastens with a black ADLC-coated, double-adjustable folding buckle.Both watches are available now at Cartier boutiques.
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.