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Hands-on with Cartier Tank MC Chronograph in steel

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.

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Calibre de Cartier Diver watch in steel

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.

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REVIEW: Calibre de Cartier Chronograph

Jason Pitsch

Introduction 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.

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The Cartier Mystery Watch collection

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?

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Pre-SIHH 2013: Rotonde de Cartier Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

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.

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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

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Hands On With The Cartier ID Two

Jason Pitsch

In 2009, Cartier introduced the ID One, the first adjustment free watch — it is lubrication free and insensitive to shocks, temperature, and magnetic fields. The Cartier ID Two builds on the original concept — and takes it to another level. The “ID Two” concept is simple: by reducing energy waste inside the case, the efficiency of a watch can be greatly increased. While the idea is simple, implementing it into a functioning timepiece, is an entirely different story. Within Cartier’s independent think tank (the ID “Innovation and Development” team), the ID Two was developed over of period of 5 years. The resulting technologies are by far, some of the most advanced ever used in the watchmaking. According to Cartier, inside a watch case, 75% of its energy is wasted through various friction and from air resistance. “The case may

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SIHH 2012: Cartier Tank Anglaise

Cartier introduced a large selection of timepieces at the Salon Internation de la Haute Horology (SIHH) last month. Apart from the amazing minute repeater tourbillon, the beautiful high jewelry pieces and the skeletonized Santos - the model that really stands out to me is the Cartier Tank Anglaise. The Cartier Tank Anglaise is a generously sized tank-shaped (rectangular) wristwatch. It is part of the newly revived vintage inspired Cartier Tank series, which also includes the Tank Américaine and Tank Française. The Tank Anglaise is available in three ladies' and men's sizes, in three colors of gold: white, yellow and pink. The version is shown above in the Large (men's model) in an 18K rhodium-plated white gold case that measures 36.2 mm wide by 47 mm in height and 9.82 mm thick. The case and bracelet are both fully polished.

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SIHH 2012: Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon

Cartier will be introducing the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon at SIHH 2012 in January. The 18k polished white gold case measures 46.4 mm in diameter. The manual-winding movement, Caliber 9458 MC, features a flying tourbillon, Geneva Seal, 19 jewels, 167 parts, runs at 21,600 (3 Hz) and has a power reserve of 50-hours. Functions include hours, minutes and tourbillon seconds.

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Cartier Santos Dumont Black Titanium

For SIHH 2011, Cartier introduced a new skeletonized version of their iconic Santos timepiece - the Santos Dumont Black Titanium. Measuring 39 mm x 47 mm, the rectangular case is made of titanium and is coated in Cartier's version of Diamond Like Carbon (ADLC). The crown is made of ADLC coated titanium as well and features a faceted black synthetic gemstone. The dial displays hours and minutes and is skeletonized in the form of Roman numerals. The movement is a manually wound Cartier caliber 9612 MC and has a 72-hour power reserve. A black alligator strap with an ADLC-coated white gold deployant buckle is included. The price is $41,500. (Ref. W2020052) Press Release PDF

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