Pre-SIHH 2013: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph
Cartier has just released a preview of their new in-house chronograph — that will be officially unveiled at SIHH 2013 on January 21st — the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph. The collection will features Cartier’s new in-house manufactured self-winding 1904-CH MC caliber which features a column-wheel chronograph with a central vertical clutch. It has double barrels, which provides more consistent torque and a 48-hour power reserve.
The Calibre de Cartier Chronograph comes in Cartier’s signature round 42 mm case with alternating brushed and polished surfaces. Available in stainless steel or gold, with or without gems. Flat sapphire crystal with fixed bezel with 0-60 markings. A sapphire case back allows a view into the finely finished movement which consists of Côtes de Genève (Geneva stripes) on the bridges and oscillating weight and circular graining on the mainplate.
The dial features Roman numerals on the top and indexes on the lower part of the dial. The hour and minute hands are sword shaped and feature luminous paint. The central second hand and two subdials has black hands. The three date panoramic date aperture now sits at 6 o’clock to make room for the chronograph subdial (previous Cartier de Calibre time only models have the date at 3 o’clock).
Flat chronograph pushers and screwed crown. Water-resistance is 100 meters. The crown is seven-sided, and on the gold model is adorned with a faceted sapphire; it is made of synthetic spinal blue cabochon on the steel model. Steel or gold bracelet or a leather strap. Pierced lugs allow for the bracelet or strap to be easily removed with screwdriver.