When the Calibre de Cartier was first introduced in 2010, my recollection was that of an impressive watch. Now, Cartier has always been known to produce visually stunning watches. But, the Calibre was also a big step forward in terms of providing top-notch movements for Cartier’s steel watches in this price range.
The in-house 1904-PS MC movement features twin barrels to provide a steady flow of power to the escapement, and the regulation system allows for fine adjustment for precise timekeeping. A stop-seconds system facilitates synchronization to a reference signal. In addition, Cartier also paid close attention to the winding system. Ceramic ball bearings at the center of the rotor ensures excellent shock resistance and durability.
Cartier abandoned reversers in favor of a pawl system to speed winding, and a bi-directional full-size rotor assures maximum winding efficiency. And, as mentioned above, the visual appearance is stunning as well.
The oversize “XII”, other Roman numerals, and luminous hour markers provides a blending of styles, but does not distract from a still clearly legible dial. The oversized date window allows a view of three dates in a row at one glance.
The case is also well constructed for durability. The crown features a synthetic spinel cabochon. Both front and back crystals are sapphire, and the case is water-resistant to 30 meters. The alligator strap comes with an double-adjustable folding clasp. The Calibre de Cartier case measures 42mm in diameter and is available in steel, steel and pink gold, and solid pink gold.
Since its introduction in 2010, the Calibre de Cartier has proven popular with the masses; and therefore, Cartier has kept the model in their product line. And, this is no easy feat considering Cartier’s fondness for discontinuing models prematurely.
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