Plaza Watch International - - Chime And Dandy -

Cartier’s Astromys­terieux may be the show-stop­per of the gi­ant’s show­ing at SIHH – the en­tire move­ment ap­pears sus­pended on sap­phire crys­tal discs, ap­par­ently dis­con­nected from the rest of the watch – but the big-seller will un­doubt­edly be the Drive. It’s an es­sen­tially clas­si­cal watch with a guil­loche dial, Ro­man nu­mer­als, domed crys­tal, those sig­na­ture blue, sword­shaped hands and so on, in an un­usual cush­ion-shape case.

All the same, while there is lit­tle rad­i­cally new here, the re­sult is Cartier through and through. There are two ver­sions, one with hours, min­utes, small sec­onds and date, the other with sec­ond time zone, day/night in­di­ca­tor, large date and small sec­onds.

The busier dial of the lat­ter has more to draw the eye, with what is still an al­lur­ingly mod­ern(ist) piece: even the night/day in­di­ca­tor is pre­sented via grad­u­ated seg­ments of shades of grey. Tres chic.


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