Clé de Cartier, Cartier’s Newest Collection (video)

First look…

Cle de Cartier dial detail - Perpetuelle

Cartier Cle de Cartier White Gold Sideview - Perpetuelle

You are looking at a new collection with a new in-house movement, the Clé de Cartier.  “Clé” means “key” in French.  In this case it is a reference to the distinct crown of the watch, for which Cartier says its “resemblance to one is unmistakable.”  Sorta kinda.  Visual analogy aside, the point here is that Cartier is introducing a new manner of setting the time and date, a new gesture to the world of watchmaking if you will.  One that recalls the traditional turning of a key to wind up a clock.  The crown is adorned with a sapphire that is not in the cabochon shape as we are accustomed to from Cartier.  Instead, it is ingeniously set in a completely different manner, inserted to remain flush with the metal surrounding it.  Sharp edges were eliminated. The bezel is gently rounded, the lugs smoothly tapered.  The manufacture Caliber 1847 MC pays homage to the year the Maison was founded.  Cartier hints at “a particularly rapid barrel with tremendous chronometric stability” and a “dual-direction winding automatic mechanism providing great durability via a specially designed lever system.”

CLÉ DE CARTIER 40 MM

40mm 18K white gold / 18K pink gold case, automatic mechanical Manufacture caliber 1847 MC

Cle de Cartier RG - Perpetuelle

Cle De Cartier Profile View - Perpetuelle

Cle de Cartier turning Crown - Perpetuelle

Cle de Cartier mens steel - Perpetuelle

Cartier has indicating availability April 2015.

 

31mm ladies models will also be introduced

Cle de Cartier Womens

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Cartier Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire pink gold

CARTIER TANK LOUIS CARTIER SKELETON SAPPHIRE WATCH Pink gold - PerpetuelleLike the Mysterious Double Tourbillon I just showed you, this Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire is not a new model, but rather an extension of an existing line.  And what a beauty it is in pink gold.    It joins the white gold Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire model of 2014 — you can get all the details on this watch and more in my original post.  Price on this Ref WHTA0002 will be $50,500.

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon

SIHH 2015…

Cartier Rotone de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon Ref W1556230 - Perpetuelle

The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch debuted in 2013 in a platinum case.  This year, Cartier introduces the Mysterious Double Tourbillon in 18k pink gold (45mm x 12.4mm).  Save the for case, the watch remains unchanged:  white galvanized guilloché dial, silvered brushed openwork grid with sunray effect, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, and the caliber 9454 MC.  Price for the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon:  $165,000.

View through the caseback (platinum case)

calibre 9454 MC in case

Cartier Caliber 9454 MC

calibre 9454 MC