Clé de Cartier offered in precious metals, the Clé marks a completely new shape for the brand. Offered in 31mm, 35mm and 40mm, it’s a watch that definitely suits both men and women.As with so many of Cartier’s watches, is the case. A soft geometric curve surrounding a circular dial, it evokes Cartier’s spirit of classic elegance while giving a nod to the bold designs that characterised ’60s and ’70s watch design.Related Cle de Cartier Replica Watches.
Clé is French for ‘key’, and the crown is inspired by the winding keys used on antique clocks and pocket watches. Count this as another clever addition to the historical mélange that makes up the Clé’s design palette. The crown/key is more than just the type of romantic story adored by marketing departments. It’s a smart little piece of design and a joy to use. If you’re prone to fiddling with your jewellery, be warned: compulsively flicking the ingot-shaped crown (inset with Cartier’s trademark blue sapphire) is a genuine risk. The crown operates a little differently from a traditional one too, in the normal position it doesn’t freely rotate; instead it automatically aligns to either a horizontal or vertical axis. The watch can be hand wound like this, and if you want to set the time or date just pull it out and it operates like any other crown.
The dial is classic Cartier. Blued sword-shaped hands, blue roman numerals (complete with the ‘secret’ signature), and central silvered flinqué sunray finish. All these details are real Cartier hallmarks, and they work well. Cartier developed a new movement to power their Clé. The calibre 1847 MC is a round movement – and it’s Cartier’s most accessible manufacture movement to date – and it will be doing a lot of the brand’s horological heavy lifting in years to come, reducing the brand’s reliance on ETA movements. The 1847 MC is more plainly finished than Cartier’s other manufacture movements, but it’s technically geared toward stability, with the balance wheel mounted on a bridge at two points and the rotor incorporating a specially designed durable lever system.
Clé de Cartier seems simple enough: a well designed, comfortable, functional, gold dress watch. In the hands of other brands, this might have translated as something overly formal and boring. But Cartier has managed to create a watch that avoids these traps and even rewards the wearer who pays attention: the ingenious crown, the complex curvature of the case, the intricate dial.