The main story for Cartier this year at SIHH was their new dive watch. But there was also another very interesting men’s watch that launched at SIHH along with the diver — the Tank MC Chronograph.
SIHH 2014 - Calibre de Cartier Diver
The Calibre de Cartier Diver is the first dive watch from Cartier. And while this may not be the type of watch that comes to mind, when you think of a Cartier — this is in fact a real dive watch that meets all ISO 6425 dive watch requirements. Meaning, it is water-resistant to at least 330 feet, as well as having a time controller, and comply with the standards for: readability, luminostiy, shock resistance, anti-magnetism and band solidity.
While Cartier has a long history of making both watches and jewelry, they are best known as a high-end French jeweler. However, in recent years they have significantly increased their watchmaking efforts. Notably, while they were founded and are still based in Paris, France — they make all of their watches in Switzerland. Many of which are now being fitted with premium manufacture made movements. Unveiled at SIHH in January, the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph, for example, is the newest of the brand’s timepieces to receive a proprietary manufacture designed and produced movement.
Cartier originally introduced their first Mystery (or Mysterious) clock, which features hands the appear to be floating, all the way back in 1912. This year, at SIHH, they launched a new collection of Mystery wristwatches: the Rotonde de Cartier Mystery watch and the Rotonde de Cartier Double Tourbillon Mystery watch. The main function of the original complication has been refined for use in the 9981 MC and 9454 MC movements, which respectively power the Mystery and Mystery tourbillon watches.
What is the Mystery behind the floating hands of the Cartier Mystery clocks and watches?
Cartier will unveil the Rotonde de Cartier Perpetual Calendar Chronograph at SIHH later this month in Geneva. This is their new in-house self-winding column wheel chronograph and perpetual calendar, caliber 9423 MC, based on the new 1904 CH-MC, with a retrograde perpetual calendar module added. The new movement, which is based on the Cartier de Calibre Chronograph, now features a skeletonized rotor, and most notably — sunburst brushed bridges and more prominent anglage.