Cartier Drive de Cartier, new shaped men’s collection, introduced at SIHH 2016 in Geneva. The cushion-shaped case of the Drive de Cartier is the latest creation designed to reinvigorate the brand’s longstanding tradition of shaped watches. The collection has all the Cartier design codes: guilloché inner dial, railroad chapter ring, Roman numerals, highly defined proportions and an element of fine watchmaking mechanics. Related Replica Cartier Drive de Cartier Men’s Watch.
Cartier is all about shapes and the Drive de Cartier is no exception to the rule. Don’t expect a classical round watch. For their new collection, the brand chose a quite retro inspiration, a slightly vintage automotive inspired watch. The case is special. it isn’t round, it isn’t squared… it’s a masculine rounded cushion shape, with elegant and slim lines. The case of the Drive de Cartier measures a reasonable 40mm, which could be seen as short on paper by some but do consider the shape. A squarish watch will always look and feel bigger than a round timepiece. Thus, it has a rather pleasant presence on the wrist, without being massive. The case isn’t that slim at 11.25mm but its construction virtually reduces the height, due to very thin casebands.
Cartier Drive de Cartier watches has this unique strength; having a shaped-watch that boasts some originality without being once inelegant or too visible. It sits well on the wrist, it is masculine and you can easily imagine wearing this watch during the week with a suit or during the weekend with a pair of sneakers. The dial is pure Cartier, with a central guilloché part surrounded by Roman Numerals on a sunburst flange. The swords hands are, as usual, blued. It will be available in this classical silver dial / stainless steel proposition but also with a black dial on steel and in gold, with a choice of silver or dark grey dial.
Inside the Drive de Cartier ticks an in-house automatic movement… but not the entry-level movement found in the Clé de Cartier (the calibre 1847 MC). Here, Cartier made the choice of the Calibre 1904MC-PS. The 1904 MC is a visually simple movement that displays the hours, the minutes, a small second and a date. It was the first movement entirely made in-house by Cartier. It is shared with the sporty Calibre de Cartier.