Between you and me, we were pretty happy with Cartier’s SIHH 2017 collection. And no, not just because the re-release of the Panthère gives us carte blanche to post this picture of Pierce Brosnan in his ’80s prime:
No, it’s because we’re all big fans of the Drive, and the powers that be in best replica Cartier’s product development team saw fit to bless us with two very handsome new versions – one with a moon phase, and an extra-flat version that is, in our not-so-humble opinion, stripped-back perfection. Our only problem with it? The lack of a steel version. Let’s just say our fingers are crossed for next year.
Watches that feature a larger and more prominent date than usual have been increasingly popular. Not only do they have the added benefit that it is easier to read the date, but they are also technically more advanced. A larger date window requires a larger date disc, which requires more energy to move. But it is not only moving the date disc, it is also stopping it at just the right position so that the date is perfectly lined up. To accomplish this a lot of expertise and craftsmanship is required. Here are some of Haute Time’s favorite watches featuring a big date
Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen”
Lange & Söhne is almost synonymous for the big date function, mainly thanks to the benchmark status that the Lange 1 has conquered over the years. A classic in its own right, Lange & Söhne recently showed us that they could also give this watch a slight sportive edge by applying a luminescent compound to the moon phase and the date function. The result is especially during the darker hours of the day breathtaking. Thanks to the dial made of semi-transparent sapphire crystal glass does this watch also in broad daylight show a side of the Lange 1 we don’t see that often!
Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chronograph
A chronograph and a perpetual calendar in one watch is already a very tempting proposition, but cheap fake Chopard watches also tops this off with a big date function. Chopard knows to unite all these complications in a very harmonious, and even symmetrical, dial design. Powered by one of their manufacture L.U.C. movements this watch leaves very little left to desire.
IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date
The Portofino collection is among the most elegant offerings of replica IWC. With the Hand-Wound Big Date, the brand offers the vintage charm of a hand wound movement combined with a classical sub seconds at six o’clock. A generous 8-day power reserve ensures that you don’t have to wind the watch daily, while the big date dominates the top part of the dial, as the most prominent attraction on the dial.
Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Large Date
Flying tourbillon or the large date? It is hard to determine which commands the most attention on the best replica Blancpain L-evolution. The flying tourbillon identifies the watch as something truly unique and precious, while the big date shows its inner workings highlighted by perfectly crafted engine turned details of the movement. It is a watch that finds synergy, in contrast, resulting in a bold statement, and the same goes for the big date function in general: practical, technically challenging and always a prominent eye-catcher!
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the legendary House of Cartier is the matchmaker that just keeps on giving.
One of the long-held rubrics of jewellery, and indeed watches, is that it needs to be worn. Only when freed from the safe and on the body do these works truly come to life, infused with the spirit of both wearer and maker. Such an inspired awakening is something the House of cheap replica Cartier knows intimately well: its creations have been worn by some of the most rakish, era-defining women of their day: take for example Wallis Simpson who, after King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to wed her, became Time Magazine’s first female “Man” of the Year in 1936. Such über-modern muses – feminine, fiercely independent but also mysterious – have inspired Cartier’s boldest pieces, both past and into the present.
From the beginning, Cartier has been there to supply the glamour girls of their time. Among its earliest patrons was Napoleon I’s niece Princess Mathilde – hostess extraordinaire and dubbed “Notre Dame des Arts” – who followed her first order in 1856 with some 200 more. By the turn of the century, fake Cartier had a royal roster the envy of any court purveyor. The sovereigns of Spain and Portugal granted it warrants in 1904, followed by Russia, Siam and Greece; the list goes on as do the names: Elisabeth of Belgium, Queen Elizabeth II, even the American Vanderbilts commissioned many hair ornaments. Unsurprisingly, tiaras were Cartier’s crowning forte then – a symbol of power and marriage that it still pays homage to today: In 2014, it created a fantastic watch-brooch-tiara for its Les Heures Fabuleuses line of secret watches.
But it was the glamorous inter-war years when Cartier – together with key women – would really come into its own. Sweeping social change saw the rise of a new aristocracy that was centred around a coterie of socialites, celebrities and film stars. Taste and elegance alone didn’t grant one entry into their club; one needed bold self-expression and non-conformism, too. As before, those inhabiting this influential “café society” set were enthusiastic Cartier patrons, but unlike in the past, the maison – with its eye for style and innovation was now an active participant.
One can just picture the alluring Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s head of fine jewellery from 1933 and who years before had already been nicknamed “La Panthère”, dining out alongside her aspirational, demanding clientele – women such as Woolworth heiress and so-called “poor little rich girl” Barbara Hutton or the powerful fashion editor Diana Vreeland – as they sparred over fashion and art, ultimately bringing Toussaint’s visions to life.
Another insider was Daisy Fellowes, society beauty and Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief who, in 1936, commissioned one of the most remarkable gems in Cartier’s history. The Hindu necklace echoed both Fellowes and Cartier’s spirit of adventure, with a starburst of colour from 13 briolette-cut sapphires, emeralds, engraved cabochon rubies and sapphire and emerald beads. Later baptised Tutti Frutti, its form was the kaleidoscopic apogee of a motif the maison had also experimented with in watches – such as a 1930 platinum wristwatch with its bezel and lugs set in baguette-cut diamonds and paired with a multi-coloured gem-encrusted bracelet.
And the Tutti Frutti theme continues to grace its high jewellery timepiece collections today, such as the magnificent one-off Agrafe visible hour, with a manual-winding calibre 101 and barely there dial tucked below a splendid engraved 41.2ct emerald; or the ultra-chic Toi & Moi visible hour, manual-winding bracelet watch, its elegant dial paired head-on with a sumptuous hexagonal-shaped, engraved 22.87ct ruby.
Fellowes was frequently found at the lavish parties held at Villa Trianon, the Versailles home of American interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, which she had decked out in leopard velvets and zebra skins. A passionate copy Cartier patron who aged 70 the Parisian couturiers named the world’s best-dressed woman, the eccentric de Wolfe famously pinned Cartier’s baguette-cut diamond Temple d’Amour brooches to her hat. The look inspired a line of slender baguette watches, which hold pride of place in Cartier’s archives, such as a braided leather strap number with platinum loops that was given by Count Marzotto to the pioneering Italian aviator Italo Balbo.
Also cavorting at de Wolfe’s soirees was the fabulously rich Barbara Hutton, who alongside a penchant for draping herself in Cartier gems – the standout ones of which featured historic stones including the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s emeralds – was also a fan of its Tank watch. She regularly spoiled not only herself with the legendary rectangular-shaped watch, but loved ones too – no doubt some if not all of whom were her seven husbands, Cary Grant among them.
The sleek Tank debuted in 1917, with hints of the chic industrial design that Cartier was also simultaneously exploring. Boldly geometric, they caught the eye of the androgynous and sexually liberated Marlene Dietrich; the smoky voiced actress and singer was fond of wearing a striking red-gold watch with a concealed, sliding square-dialled lid that also doubled as a clip.
As the Second World War came to a close, it was figurative animals that roared into the zeitgeist. If the panther was already synonymous with the brand – as early as 1919 Cartier had introduced a cocktail watch featuring the feline’s piebald motif – it was Wallis Simpson who came to be officially linked with the untamed cat. In 1948 and 1949, Toussaint penned several brooches for the Duchess of Windsor, the most bodacious of which featured a sapphire-spotted feline resting on a 152.35ct Kashmir sapphire cabochon. Nearly seven decades on and the symbol is still interpreted year on year; 2016’s most notable piece was the narrative-like Panthères et Colibri, featuring an on-demand power reserve and specially produced calibre 9915MC that powers a cub dashing from her mother’s embrace to chase a hummingbird on the dial.
But it is flamboyant Mexican actress María Félix who can lay claim for the wildest of orders. Legend has it that she entered Cartier’s Rue de la Paix boutique with two pet baby crocodiles that she asked to be replicated for a gem – the result of which was the fully articulated, entwined double crocodile necklace set with more than 2,000 yellow diamonds and emeralds. Excess was a lifestyle for “La Doña”, as she was known following her third film Doña Bárbara, and Cartier paid homage to her audacity with the trapezoid-shaped La Dona de Cartier.
Also to her name is a fabulous 1968 snake necklace with nearly 2,500 diamonds, complete with a green, red and black enamel underbelly. And the snake is another theme that always throws up surprises. Cartier’s Hypnose watch collection, for example, is a poetic take on the spiralling vortex of time, while this year’s vibrant Serpent d’eau Mystérieux high-jewellery watch was more straightforward but no less seductive: the snake, fashioned from faceted aquamarines and chrysoprases, slithered round a transparent, mystery dial.
Couples and their love story are also entwined in Cartier’s own tale, and who can beat Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? Two marriages and nine films, they even had their own gem: the 69.42ct Cartier-Burton-Taylor solitaire diamond that came with a five-bodyguard entourage when Taylor wore it in 1969 to Princess Grace’s 40th birthday bash in Monte Carlo. The creation was just one of many eye-watering gifts exchanged between the tempestuous couple, which also included several Tank watches for Burton.
And speaking of the Tank: if the bedazzling women of the art deco period embraced sexual liberation and unconventionality, the 1970s, too, had a similar air of freedom – though of a more insouciant, casual-chic kind. No wonder that the Tank watch – fusing modern and classic, formal yet off-the-cuff, male and female – appealed to the leading ladies of the decade.
Charlotte Rampling sported hers at the Cannes Film Festival paired with loose-fitting jeans – that other 1970s fashion icon and gender equaliser (blue jeans previously being the domain of men). Meanwhile, over on the American Riviera, the Hamptons habitué Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faithfully wore a satin-finish, yellow gold version (JFK, as it happens, was also a Tank fan). And in 1977, another Jacqueline (Bisset) was photographed in Studio 54 donning a Tank Allongée as her chief, if not only, accessory. Pictured in the throes of a dance-off with her white-suited partner – Franco-American nightclub owner Victor Drai. Bisset falls within that league of a modern replica Cartier cheap muse who, like the many women before her and those to come, always steals the show.
Things can move fast: it was only in 2013 that Cartier introduced the Mysterious Double Tourbillon, yet this complication has become one of the benchmarks among the brand’s complicated timepieces.
It is more than just a calling card; it is a canvas upon which the product development department may exercise its technical prowess upon.
And speaking of that, Carole Forestier-Kasapi and her team really got carried away with the new Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon. The result is a mechanical behemoth that doesn’t hide its horological prowess, but rather grabs the attention of the senses of those fortunate enough to behold it.
Where the double tourbillon was the centerpiece of the previous model, it has now become a visual spectacle as part of a far more complex movement. By adding a minute repeater to an already complicated double tourbillon, replica Cartier had its work cut out.
The double tourbillon consists of a regular one-minute tourbillon, while the sapphire disk it is placed upon makes one rotation in five minutes.
Visually it seems as if the tourbillon is floating and rotating in space, and technically it has to deal with the added weight of the sapphire disk as well as a quite a bit of extra motion, both of which consume more power.
This of course demands a robust movement providing enough power for all the operations without compromising the precision of its timekeeping capabilities.
Cartier not only pulled that off, but even found room to give the new Caliber 9407 MC a power reserve of 84 hours while keeping the overall height at a thin 11.5 mm.
The bridges of the Caliber 9407 MC features a slate-colored rhodium finish turning the movement into a monochrome masterpiece with brightly contrasting rubies adding a touch of color.
The longer you look at this technical masterpiece the more details you discover, and that is what makes this watch so visually fascinating.
The only classical, traditional part of the watch is the crown, which is set with a sapphire cabochon . . . after all this is cheap replica Cartier!
It might surprise some that the Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon is available in titanium despite its rather technical design. However, titanium is one of the best materials to craft a minute repeater case in because of the way it carries sound.
Of course, being an exquisite and very exclusive watch some customers will prefer a precious metal case; for that Cartier also offers the Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon in two platinum diamond-set variations.
We hope to be able to examine the effect that the different cases will have on the sound of the minute repeater inside this Mysterious Double Tourbillon soon, but one thing is already certain: Cartier has once again delivered a technical behemoth!
Case: 45 x 11.5 mm, titanium, beaded crown set with sapphire cabochon, also available set with baguette-cut diamonds
Movement: manually winding Caliber 9407 MC with double tourbillon, 448 components, Geneva Seal
Functions: hours, minutes; minute repeater
Price: approx. $450,000
Well, though it’s still just barely mid-August, the days are already getting shorter, and the first back-to-school sale catalogues are in the mail. A lot of us are spending the last couple of golden (we hope) weeks of summer getting all the relaxation crammed in that we can before heading back to our various versions of work-related reality. So, since summer’s lease hath all too short a date and that date is pretty much upon us, why the heck is cheap replica Cartier launching a “cruise collection” of men’s watches now?
Well, to understand the timing, you have to know what a cruise collection is. In the style world, a cruise collection (the word “croisiere” is French for “cruise”) is also sometimes known as a resort collection and the idea here is that a lot of folks don’t just head to the beach during the dog days of August – historically, folks with the means to do so often made a point of heading south for the winter, or at least for a few weeks during the winter, to enjoy the sun and social scene at places like – oh, as varied as the Côte d’Azur, or the Isle of Capri, or the Caribbean. Ian Fleming, the ex-spy turned novelist who gave us the adventures of a parvenu arriviste Scottish sociopath named James Bond, liked to spend his Januaries and Februaries at the Jamaica estate called Goldeneye; and he and cosmopolites of his era were part of a tradition, dating back to the ’20s and the first great steamship era and still with us today, of the Quality getting out of Dodge when the weather gets dodgy. For such gentlemen and ladies, the first Cruise Collections were made – apparel casual enough, comfortable enough, and durable enough to withstand a day spent, perhaps, disporting oneself on a yacht, but stylish enough for an early evening’s cocktails-and-canapes on the veranda.
Thus, the luxury replica Cartier Cruise Collection, for the gentleman traveler who wants a watch that can be worn on those late fall or midwinter excursions abroad, where a certain elegance and a certain dash might be expected to go hand in hand.
The Cruise Collection of men’s watches number three at the moment – they are part of the Ronde de Cartier family of round watches. They manage, we think, to combine a sense of very Cartier-esque refinement with a certain go-anywhere aura of practicality as well. These are fairly wide but also fairly flat watches, at 42 mm x 9.7 mm and they have a very pleasing feel in the hand and on the wrist, with the rounded crystals and smooth, rounded cases giving one the sensation of holding in one’s hand a stone apt for skipping across the surface of some limpid South Pacific lagoon (not that you would). The bezels don’t turn but then, this isn’t a dive watch and they do make a lovely additional decorative touch (especially attractive on the steel and pink gold model). There is the de rigeur cheap replica Cartier watches cabochon on the crown (in black spinel, on all three models) and though as we’ve said these are not dive watches per se, they do feature a water resistance rating of 100 meters so if you are a yachtsman you needn’t fret about water intrusion should you hang a little too far over the rail. A sports-elegant watch is a lot harder to do than the ubiquity of the clichéd term “sporty yet elegant” would lead you to believe and Cartier did very well with these, we think.
The cherry on the sundae, by the way, is that for around 5,000 bucks or less, on all three models, you not only get a sharp design and a watch that can effortlessly shift gears from poolside to cigar lounge to, if necessary, formal duds for the Captain’s Dinner, but also has an in-house movement: luxury fake Cartier’s self-winding 1847MC. At this price, for this purpose, we think Cartier got the power-to-weight ratio just right. Oh, and while we do dig the way the applied numerals catch the light on the pink gold/steel and steel/ADLC models, we loved this little lagniappe on the white dialed model:
“When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and held it against the light. It’s a bonny thing,’ said he. ‘Just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil’s pet baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has already a sinister history.'” – Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle
This might seem a rather ominous way to start off a look at one of the most spectacular objects we saw at the Salon this year: the Cartier Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré, a gem-set pendant tourbillon watch, and a unique piece. But I mention it as a way of underscoring the irrational passion that gemstones can arouse. Now, this is an horologically interesting creation – the movement, exact fake Cartier caliber 9463 MC, is a double mystery tourbillon, like the Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon wristwatch – and to say that the mechanism is incidental to the appeal of the Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré would be doing its ingenuity an injustice.
But while not incidental, mechanics in this case is definitely here not to take center stage, but to lend itself to the larger, overall aesthetic effect of the timepiece. Think of it as a wearable mystery clock.
The appeal of precious gems is one of the best examples I can think of, of really purely irrational desire. Diamonds are of course just the tip of the iceberg in this respect; colored stones especially seem to arouse the beast in people (as Holmes remarks in The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle, “carbuncle” being an old English term for any colored stone – generally red). The most famous blue precious gem by far, and an exemplar of just how much aura these stones can have, is the famous, and notorious, Hope Diamond, around which legends have sprouted like mushrooms after a thunderstorm. The Hope Diamond is said to have originally adorned the eye of an idol, and naturally, is also said to carry a curse. Cheap replica Cartier watches online.
Certainly, the fates of many of its owners are both lurid and varied; as reported by the New York Times in 1911, they include King Louis XVI (who owned the stone from which the Hope was cut: the French Blue) and others, who were, “torn to pieces by a mob,” “thrown from a precipice,” “murdered by her sweetheart,” and, perhaps most colorfully, “torn to pieces by wild dogs in Constantinople,” (although “died in misery and want” – the fate of one Francis Deaulieu – has a fine, morbid, Late Victorian ring to it).
However, no such aura surrounds the Cartier Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré – though it does have, as the gemological mate to the horological fantasia that is the double mystery tourbillon, a quite magnificent blue stone as its centerpiece. The gem is a sapphire, nearly 26 carats in weight, which forms the detachable pendant to the main, diamond encrusted body of the timepiece.
The latter is in the form of a stylized butterfly. The sapphire was mined in Ceylon – long a source for sapphires; Ceylonese sapphires can vary considerably in depth of color, though the most desirable are a saturated cornflower blue.
It’s always interesting, too, to reflect on the very pedestrian nature of the basic ingredients of something so valuable. Diamonds, after all, are nothing but “crystallized charcoal,” as Holmes remarks later in The Adventure Of The Blue Carbuncle. (Diamonds, being carbon, will also burn, as it turns out, although the ignition temperature is high enough that demonstrations usually use an external oxygen source.) Sapphires aren’t carbon, but they are another pretty ordinary material: corundum, an aluminum oxide, which is generally used as an industrial abrasive. It’s also very hard, of course, which is why synthetic sapphire’s so popular for watch crystals (and sometimes cases as well).
The case and chain of the Cartier Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré are in rhodiumized white gold.
White diamonds, white metal (either white gold or platinum) and blue sapphire are all both symbolic of Cartier, and a part of its heritage of design. Lots of folks like to object to the blue cabochon on the crown of modern replica Cartier watches but asking Cartier to abandon the cabochon would be like asking Rolex to abandon the crown (and the fact that Cartier retains it in its modern watches is something I admire about them – exactly the sort of tangible connection to a company’s history one wants).
At € 1.2 million, it’s already sold, and whomever wears it is going to have one of the most irrationally desirable timepieces of the year. It was quite literally the last thing we saw at the Salon, and just as well; anything else would have been anticlimactic.
High Jewelry Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré watch, manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding and mysterious double tourbillon, caliber 9463 MC. Case and chain in rhodiumized 18K white gold set with a faceted oval-shaped Ceylon sapphire of 25.93 carats, with 1,017 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 15.92 carats, with 31 rose-cut diamonds totaling 1.00 carat, with 18 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 2.45 carats, with 14 sapphires totaling 2.27 carats, with a princess-cut diamond for .32 carats, and with onyx, with a sapphire crystal and case-back, rhodiumized steel sword-shaped hands. Water-resistant to 3 bar (approximately 30 meters/100 feet). Unique piece. Price, € 1,200,000. Sold, but still visible in all its unobtainable glory at Cartier online.
Cartier has a few lovely chronographs in their current watch collection (very few, actually), but the company isn’t exactly known for being a producer of too many chronograph timepieces. Think of the classic Tank or Santos, or other case shapes that help define the classic French-based (Swiss Made) luxury firm whose products are so often part of an elegant lifestyle. Actually, if you think of most classic Cartier timepieces, they only indicate the time. With that said, recently, chronograph models have begun to find their way into more cheap replica Cartier timepieces such as this newer Cartier Rotonde Chronograph – and they even include an in-house made Cartier mechanical chronograph movement.
That movement is the Cartier calibre 1904-CH MC automatic chronograph which, I believe, debuted in 2013 when Cartier launched the Calibre Chronograph (hands-on here). A pretty workhorse, the 1904-CH MC is a refreshingly modern chronograph movement designed for functionality and practicality – with an attractive level of decoration, even though it is a “mass-produced” movement. I like that the movement is visible through a sapphire crystal window on the rear of the case.
The 1904-CH MC is built from 269 parts and 5.72mm thick. Operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph), the movement has 48 hours of power reserve between two barrels and, of course, features automatic winding. The chronograph has a column wheel and measures up to 12 hours. This is something that makes the layout of the 1904-CH MC movement a bit unique – that even though it is a bi-compax chronograph with just two subdials it nevertheless measures up to 12 hours. Often, chronographs with just two subdials use one for the running seconds and another for the chronograph minutes (often up to 30 only). Here, however, luxury fake Cartier watches decided to remove the running seconds hand altogether and instead offer a 12-hour chronograph. I appreciate this decision because it adds a world more of utility to the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph, and if you really want to measure seconds, all you need to do is activate the chronograph.
Also on the dial is a window for the day at 6 o’clock. I really appreciate how they kept everything nice and symmetrical on the dial of the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph. Cartier is usually quite on top of symmetry (even though some of their most interesting watches today do not have symmetrical dials) when they want to be, and the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph certainly benefits as a result. More so, aside from the Ballon Bleu Chronograph watches, the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph is currently Cartier’s most eligible “dressy chronograph,” and frankly, I find it to be one of the most appealing choices out there – with regard to the best replica Cartier Rotonde Chronograph in the steel case.
Dressy chronograph watches are on the rarer side because chronographs are often associated with sports themes. It is true that some historically sport chronograph watches have transitioned into being more formal by today’s standards, but dress chronographs aren’t, per se, rare, but certainly much less common than sport chronograph watches.
The Rotonde case serves as a great platform for a Cartier dress chronograph watch. At 40mm wide in this iteration, the case is 12.15mm thick and, here, in steel (water resistant to 30 meters). Note that Cartier also offers the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph in 18k rose gold as well as a limited edition 18k white gold version (with a cool blue and silver “panda dial”). While the precious metal versions are lovely, they are more than double the price of the steel version, so the value proposition drops off quite a bit, given the premium for gold.
Cartier’s Rotonde case design is very clever, being a moderate size but not feeling small due to the case and lug thickness. The lugs gracefully curve, and the entire case tapers up a bit from the base to the bezel. It is subtle enough to appear very traditional, but the proportions and details on the Cartier Rotonde are impressive, in my opinion. Cartier further opts for vintage-style rectangular chronograph pushers, and you of course have a distinctive Cartier crown with a beaded edge and a blue spinel cabochon. Cartier also uses blue sapphire crystal for some cabochons but the spinel looks very similar. Since both stones in this instances are synthetic, I am not sure if it is a cost issue moving over to spinel or just something about ease of production.
Suffice it to say that I rather like not only the Rotonde case but how the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph version of it is rendered. The steel version of the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph has a lightly textured silvered dial with black Roman numeral hour markers as well blue steel pomme-style hour and minute hands. The result is a very classic, very Cartier dial. It also seems that compared to some older Cartier models, the logo is getting larger on the face – but its possible that this has been around for a while and I am just noticing it now.
Even though there is no luminant on the dial, the high contrast between the face and the hands offer a welcome degree of legibility. The thick, applied chapter ring around the dial periphery adds an additional layer of depth which means that the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph dial does not appear flat – something which can often be an issue with such classic-looking watch dials. I also don’t get why on a watch like the luxury replica Cartier Rotonde Chronograph, all the hands are the right length, whereas on some other Cartier models, the hands can be too short.
Attached to the case is a black alligator strap and Cartier’s standard deployant clasp which allows you to precisely size the strap, but at the expense of some convenience, given that it is a pain to do, but solid once you’ve carefully sized the strap from both ends.
As a comfortable and attractive dress watch with a bit more visual interest (and functionality) than a time only model, the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph is a very capable everyday wear or office timepiece. It’s good for conservative types as well as those who often like more original designs but sometimes just want a really nicely refined classic. In steel, the reference CRWSRO0002 Cartier Rotonde Chronograph is $9,050. Ref. W1556238 in 18k rose gold is $23,700, and ref. W1556239 in 18k white gold (limited to 300 pieces) is $25,400.
After nearly three years of complete renovation, the Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue re-opened last week with much fanfare. The completely revamped mansion is the stuff legends are made of – much like all of Cartier. In fact, the mansion was initially purchased nearly 100 years ago with a pearl necklace.
It was in 1912 that Pierre Cartier, the grandson of founder of the brand Louis Cartier, began a search for a magnificent New York location that would rival the grand Paris Rue de la Paix flagship store. New York wasn’t easy, but eventually, right in the heart of Manhattan, he found a neo-Renaissance style mansion owned by businessman Morton F. Plant. Plant’s wife Mae had seen a natural pearl necklace (with 128 graduated natural pearls) at the cheap replica Cartier watches salon that was located on the 4th floor of a building at 712 Fifth Avenue, where the brand was initially set up. Pierre Cartier proposed to Plant that they barter the $1 million necklace for the $925,000 property. The trade is said to be one of the most astute business moves in Cartier history.
That piece of real estate at 653 Fifth Ave (at 52nd Street) has been the brand’s flagship American store since 1917. Its interior was a richly appointed mansion with large rooms and small rooms, and Cartier hired William Welles Bosworth in 1917 to transform the Morton Plant Mansion into the House of Cartier. Over the century, the exterior and main entrance have changed a few times, and in 1970, the exterior of the building was granted landmark status by the New York Preservation Commission. Since then, little has changed – until now. Just about three years ago, luxury fake Cartier made the decision to bring the interior of the mansion into the 21st century. The brand hired designer Thierry Despont as the lead architect for the two-and-a-half-year renovation.
“I wanted to give people the feeling of being in the grand house that it once was and to restore it to its full glory,” says Despont. “I don’t think there is any other store like it in the world.”
He went about focusing on lines of sight and opening the space up for a more glorious appeal. There are a multitude of rooms inspired by important people in Cartier’s history, including Jeanne Toussaint (Cartier’s most legendary artistic director), Princess Grace of Monaco (an avid fan and collector of exact replica Cartier jewels), and Pierre Cartier. The Toussaint room features fabric walls and embroidered furniture with herringbone wood floors, while the Pierre Cartier room, where classic jewels are shown, features green velvet drapes, a fireplace and wood paneling. The Princess Grace Salon features taffeta silk curtains, white walls and the crests of Monaco on the woodwork.
Other rooms with their own personality in the multi-floor mansion are named for greats such as Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Santos Dumont, Gary Cooper and more. On the fourth floor is a luxurious Service Salon, and a seating and bar area. The fifth floor houses the brand’s workshop and the sixth floor is a private entertains space with an expansive terrace overlooking Fifth Avenue.
In total, the new boutique space is four times the size of the previous one and has been expanded from 8,600 square feet to 44,100 square feet across four floors. Everything was custom made including more than 100 different window treatments and 43 different fabrics and wall coverings. There are 30 new chandeliers inspired by the originals, and a host of more than 100 newly acquired antique pieces, including desks and furniture, comprise the overall appeal of the boutique. Cheap replica Cartier watches online.
The official opening of the event last week included a lavish party in the mansion, as well as an after party across the street. It was a star-studded gala – with the unveiling of a new three-row pearl necklace being unveiled in honor of the original necklace that was traded for the property.
Cartier’s newest sports watch for 2015 is the Ronde Croisiere collection, and in many ways, it is an unexpected but not surprising move from the brand. Cartier is the most important brand within the larger Richemont Group of luxury companies, easily out-earning its colleague watch making family members such as Piaget, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and more. That means Cartier has a lot of responsibility to not only pick up on, but also react to market trends and demands. The Cartier Ronde Croisiere, when looked at from various perspectives, can very much be seen as Cartier’s answer to what some collector’s have voiced interest in, as well as what the consumer watch market seems to demand.
So what are those cries that Cartier is responding to? Well, for one thing, people are really into relatively simple and classic looking sports watches. Second, people have been complaining (and in many instances, very rightly so) that luxury watch prices are simply too high for what they are getting. Thus, the cheap replica Cartier Ronde Croisiere is not only a retro-inspired casual sports watch, but is also a model – with an in-house movement – that comes with a starting price of well below $5,000.
Overall, I like the Cartier Ronde Crosiere collection a lot in both styling and concept. It is a comfortable and attractive watch that serves a lot of stylistic utility. However, there are some very odd design choices and instances where you feel Cartier is specifically trying to defend the more extensive detailing in their higher-priced watch offerings.
I’ll begin with my biggest complaint about the Cartier Ronde Croisiere watch, which are the hands. People who know me are familiar with my pickiness over hands, but in this situation, I promise you that I am not being overly sensitive. As you can see, Cartier opted to go with skeletonized hands for the hours, minutes, and even a bit with the seconds hand. It is as though they chose the proper hands for the Cartier Ronde Croisiere dial, and then rather than include the expected luminant material, simply decided to skeletonize them. Even the round tip at the end of the seconds hand is skeletonized.
I find this design choice abundantly puzzling. For years now, I’ve seen an odd fascination with watch makers skeletonizing hands in situations where it makes no sense. Skeletonized hands can look cool and also serve to let the watch wearer more easily see subdials or other information on the dial that hands might otherwise obstruct. On a time-only dial (with or without the date), there is no functional purpose to skeletonized hands.
Speaking candidly with various watch designers over the years, I’ve inquired about this odd trend and have only determined two possible reasons. One reason is that most watches these days are designed in computer software where lighting can be manipulated as well as deceptive. What looks nice and legible in a computer drawing does not represent how something will look like in real life because of how various colors, materials, and finishes react to light. So that is one reason that you see many skeletonized hands on modern watches.
Another reason is simply “design.” Totally counter to the logic most watch lovers have, some designers feel that “hands are simply too bold and take over a dial.” Well, that is sort of the point isn’t it? Designers seem to be skeletonizing hands to reduce their visual “weight” in order to (in their mind) make a watch dial appear more aesthetically harmonious. Of course, to anyone who appreciates watches for actually reading the time at a glance, this notion seems… well, just really misguided.
At launch, there are three versions of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere and, while they are all attractive in the abstract, only one I can universally suggest as something to buy. That would be the silver dial model with the black hands. This is the only version where you have enough contrast between the dial and the hands for the watch to be legible in most situations. The gray dial is a close second, but not as good as the silver dial. On this model, replica Cartier was good enough to satin-finish the hands so that they provide more contrast with the shiny gray dial. Again, it is not as legible as the silver dial, but it is manageable. However, the most interesting model with the gray dial and pink gold-toned accents is almost totally illegible in many lighting situations. I can get creative with the photography and show the dial in its most flattering light (literally), but it would be misleading to suggest this as a sport watch that can be relied upon to easily tell the time at a glance. That is really a shame because I quite like that model.
In fact, when seeing these watches on my wrist, one of the first things I thought was “this is such a cool concept, and I want to adore these timepieces. I wonder if you could simply replace the hands with something better – filled with lume?” There are watch modifiers who could probably do this, and perhaps Cartier will change the Cartier Ronde Croisiere hands in the future. I don’t know, but my advice to them is that this would be a much better watch with hands that can be read on all dials.
OK, so now I’ve gotten that major complaint out of the way. I don’t like complaining (well, actually, I do, I just don’t like being overly negative without being constructive), but I can now proceed to talk about many of the very real positives about the Cartier Ronde Croisiere collection. In French, croisiere means “cruise,” and I think in this context, it refers to the fact that this timepiece is not just a sports watch, but a “casual” sports watch. Looking closer, you can see that what luxury replica Cartier did was to combine design elements of 1950s and 1960s era dive watches with their own product DNA in regard to having a dial made up of revolving Roman numeral hour markers. The combination actually works, and the wrist appeal for such a design is very high.
Of course, the Cartier Ronde Croisiere isn’t a dive watch. Cartier already has one of those with the Calibre Diver (aBlogtoWatch review here), which is currently my favorite sport watch in the brand’s product lineup. But the Cartier Ronde Croisiere isn’t a dress watch either. I would call it an elegant causal sport watch. To that end, the case is water resistant to 100 meters, and it comes on a nice black calfskin leather strap that has the visual look of canvas.
The Cartier Ronde Croisiere case is rather thin, at just 9.7mm thick and 42mm wide. The steel case has shorter lugs and is totally polished, making for a vintage-style look. The thin profile on the wrist makes it very comfortable, and the stubby lugs makes the 42mm wide size comfortable on most all wrists. I quite like the size and wrist presence of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere a lot – which is certainly a highlight of the piece.
The Cartier Ronde Croisiere is designed with a bezel that looks like a rotating diver’s bezel but it is fixed. The steel bezel has an ADLC black coating in a matte finish to give it that distinct look. This works really well on the steel and gold model that adds some 18k pink gold-plated accents on the bezel and an 18k pink gold crown. Black spinel is used as the cabochon material in the crown, versus the more common blue sapphire crystal of many other Cartier watches. The crown is very much within the scope of Cartier design DNA.
From a simple design perspective, the Cartier Ronde Croisiere dials are lovely. You have a traditionally-styled minute track on the outside followed with a ring of Cartier Roman numerals and some texturing on the inside. Everything fits well and is nicely proportioned, but there are, of course, the issues with legibility. On the gray dial models, the Roman numerals are too heavily polished and refract light, and this impedes legibility. In a sense, they serve to highlight the silvered dial Cartier Ronde Croisiere model since it works so much better given the much better contrast and less light reflectivity.
Inside the Cartier Ronde Croisiere is the brand’s popular and in-house made caliber 1874 MC automatic movement that operates at 4Hz and offers about 42 hours of power reserve. Given either the price or thin nature of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere, there isn’t an exhibition caseback, which is a bit less common for watches with the 1847 MC movement.
Cartier is a brand known for doing a lot of things right. They spend an awful lot of time making sure their cases are both refined and comfortable, and their timepieces tend to have an actual market appeal and wearing purpose. Another issue I would, however, like to take is with their deployant clasp used on most watches with straps. The system involves severely bending each side of the strap in order to size the watch – which is a bit frustrating. The good news is that when done correctly, you get a very precise fit. Also, the deployant uses a tension lock which, for me, always feels like you have to apply way too much pressure to close it. They look nice, but I’ve found putting on some best replica Cartier watches to not be as “luxury” as it should be. Nevertheless, Cartier has some excellent bracelets with corresponding deployants, so I know the brand is capable of more.
The Cartier Ronde Croisiere is a lovely creation and solid concept that offers a great watch for a solid price. I can easily endorse the reference CRWSRN0002 model with the light silvered dial and it is my top pick among the collection. It not only looks nice, but you can actually read it. The ref. CRWSRN0003 is also in steel with the gray dial which is a good looker but not as legible, and each of those models has a retail price of $4,650. We also have the ref. CRW2RN0005 Ronde Croisiere in steel with some 18k pink gold accents which has a retail price of $5,300.
Warning: This watch review with a difference may contain traces of mancrush. So let’s address the chiselled jaw on the elephant in the room. We envy the hero of this shoot, Mr Chris Edwards, more than just a little bit. Let us count the ways. He surfs and still dresses as sharply as anyone in the country (see these stunning photographs for perfectly fitted proof). On the business front, he co-founded a high-end tailoring business – Oscar Hunt.
To make matters even more unreasonable, he was recently crowned the Australian ‘Drive Man’ by cheap replica watches Cartier. But perhaps the hardest thing to stomach is that he’s actually a really good guy. And we know, because we were lucky enough to join Chris and Cartier in Florence for Pitti Uomo 2016. He wore the brand new Drive de Cartier for a week – and on the flight back to Australia, we asked him about it. Here’s what he told us.
My first impression was… that it looked different to most other watches you see out there. It was the unique shape that struck me the most at first.
Once I put it on, it felt… good. It definitely has a bit of weight to it but not so much that it feels too macho or over-the-top.
Looks-wise… I thought it looked quite big in the box, but on the wrist the proportions were great. It’s definitely a masculine watch but with a high degree of style and elegance. I tend to cut my shirt cuffs larger than normal to avoid catching on my wrist, so I can wear watches easily, and because of that, the watch sits well under the shirt.
What stood out to me was… the attention to detail. The subtle and precise engraving on the dial, the tinyluxury fake watches Cartier ‘secret signature’ in the number seven, and the softness of the octagon shape. It looks effortless, but I can only imagine the countless hours of work that went into getting it right.
I’d wear this with… my day-to-day suiting, my smart-casual and my formal wear. Essentially, I think the Drive is a really good all-rounder. I especially liked how the watch went with my navy linen suit. The simplicity of the replica Cartier steel case and black alligator strapworked really well with the deep blue. I also liked that the watch was able to carry a more casual look with the open-neck tan suit.
If I could change anything… it might be the clasp. I found it tricky to do up initially, although I got the hang of it after a few days. And to be honest, maybe that was because I hadn’t used that particular type of buckle before.Exact replica Cartier watches online.
By the end of the week… I loved it. I know that’s convenient, but it’s true. The more I wore it, the more it grew on me. Suits, both casual and formal, are an essential part of my life – and the Drive was versatile enough to complement them all. This watch nailed it.