Drive de Cartier watches are instantly distinguishable from their watchmaking predecessors for so many reasons. Those who have followed the journey of the French watchmakers and their incredible success through the decades, will be more than aware of some of their finest and most recognisable design elements. None, however, like those found on the prestigious Drive de Cartier watch.
Drive de Cartier watches showcase beautiful domed crystal glass roofs, cushion shaped cases and textured satin finishes. Launched in Geneva in 2016, the pedigree designs introduced an entirely new mechanical movement - the Cartier Calibre 1904-MC. The movement is available in two different versions, one which tells the date and time and small seconds, and another which features a day and night feature, small seconds, large date and an innovative second time zone. The latter is certainly inspired by vintage automobile dashboards – the guilloche texture of these dials representing a radiator grill.
The design of the Drive de Cartier watch is intended for the driven, adventurous and spontaneous man. The gentleman who is empowered by his belief and a confidence to achieve anything in life. Drive de Cartier watches will strap to the wrist of the pioneer, the leader, the newcomer who carries his own path, his own self-assurance and a passion to innovate, create and invent. It therefore goes beyond saying that these Carter watches, mimic the same values and the same sense of masculinity and boldness intended for their wearers.
Drive de Cartier watches feature a sophisticated cushion shaped bezel surrounding a silver flinque or black flinque dial, pierced with silver or black oversized Roman numeral indexes. The combination of colours, when teamed with a classic black alligator strap, or a robust stainless steel link bracelet, culminates a contemporary elegance on the wrist. A persona that is suited for the modern man. The central hour and minute hands of the silver dial version, along with the small second hands, are finished in a blue steeled sword-shape indicator, which injects colour, energy and vibrancy into the mix.
Of course, a Cartier watch would be no Cartier watch unless fitted with the brand’s reliable sapphire crystal glass lens. The back of the Drive de Cartier watch provides the wearer with an opportunity to admire the synergistic and harmonious workings of the in-house manufactured movement whilst in perfect working action, with an elegant exhibition caseback. The components of the movement have been arranged by a meticulous hand for a superb Cartier finished feel to each design.
Drive de Cartier watches, although with a standard 11.5mm depth, do still create the sense of a much slimmer profile. The illusion is most likely due to the slim tapered profile of the dial and case itself, a feature that Cartier have engineered to perfection for this family of watches. The seventh hour on the dial, represented in Roman numerals, reveals the secret Cartier signature. The brand lettering is hidden in one half of the “V” in tiny crisp black letters – a design trait that Cartier has maintained throughout their collections and a true token of the brand’s authenticity.