RIGHT ON TRACK
The master of shapes presents a brand new case, and this one’s just for the gents.
While watch complications are constantly breaking records and taking haute horlogerie to exciting new frontiers of innovation, watch designs have stayed comparatively tame.So, when a brand announces a new case shape, it’s a big deal. Which is why amid new skeleton dials, moonphases and high jewellery, it is the new Drive de Cartier that has generated the most excitement from the brand in 2016.
For a maison that can pump elegance into a deliberately misshapen watch case ( hello, Crash family), a cushion case is a cake walk. The 40mm size keeps it firmly in the men’s collection, and it gets its name from the automotive accents found in the design, such as radiator grille-like guilloche and bolt-shaped crown.
Sword-shaped hands and the classic Cartier-style Roman numerals add to the versatility of this collection. The most basic model in steel features a date window at three o’clock and small seconds at 12. At the next level, you will find a large date, second time zone and day/night indicator; these are available in steel or pink gold. Finally, the crown jewel of the collection is the Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon, which offers time and a tourbillon powered by a Geneva Seal-approved 9452 MC movement. Happy driving.