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.