RIGHT ON TRACK

The master of shapes presents a brand new case, and this one’s just for the gents.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - The Brief -

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.

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