A renowned French Watch and Jewelry brand Cartier has presented its new futuristic ID Two Concept timekeeper which represents Cartier’s vision of the modern mechanical timepiece. The prototype by Cartier is a harbinger of several new concepts and solutions that are combined into a product that is nothing like the mechanical watches of today. The French brand opted for the minimal use of metal components in order to achieve higher power efficiency. Not only that its case is made from see-through polycrystalline ceramic, but the metal is replaced with alternative new materials for the most part.
Ground-breaking as it is, this watch is constructed with a vacuum sealed inner chamber that eliminates the negative influence of air friction on the components of the movement. Such concept required several innovations, including the discovering a way to abandon the use of lubricants which was solved with the use of components made from synthetic materials that feature almost non-existent friction. The efficiency achieved in this manner can be recognized in the fact that ID Two has a record high power reserve that exceeds a month. Besides, the level of innovation that was needed for the development of this almost metal-free concept timekeeper can be reflected through the fact that Cartier has six technical novelties first used in the watch and which are currently pending the patent certification.
Ceramyst Case and Self-Winding Caliber with Carbon Crystal Parts
Cartier ID Two Concept Watch is immensely complex and it finally saw the light of day after five years of extensive research and dedicated work of 135 engineers. The end result of the effort is a watch that consumes half the energy than a regular watch, yet retains nearly a third of it more. Even the first look upon the Cartier’s concept timekeeper clearly shows its uniqueness. As it has been mentioned, the timepiece has a circular case (with the diameter of 42 mm) made from Ceramyst material which is held together without any screws, but with air pressure. The case involves a vacuum sealed chamber which is exactly 99.8 percent air-free. The case is transparent and reveals the functioning of the caliber, which is additionally enhanced with its skeleton dial.
The mechanical movement with differential gear train is set in the environment without the harmful effects of air friction, which results to the extraordinary more efficient use of the power, but as it has been said, requires the new kind of components. All the metal in the caliber is reserved for titanium ridges with DLC coating. The escapement of the movement is adjustment free and made from carbon crystal, the material made by the addition of diamond coating on silicone. The same material is used for a lot of components, including its balance wheel.
Power Reserve of 32 Days
All the solutions that were implemented in the construction of the Cartier’s concept timekeeper brought together guarantee unparalleled efficiency, reflected in the fact that its automatic caliber has a record high power reserve of 32 days (exceeding even the one of the A.Lange & Sohne Lange 31 timepiece). Such opulent power storage is enabled with the addition of double mainspring barrels constructed from fiberglass.
With all of the brave and ingenious technical innovations presented in ID Two Concept watch, Cartier clearly stated its vision of the futuristic mechanical timepiece that successfully finds a solution for better use of energy and is crafted from high-tech synthetic materials and almost without any metal. Unfortunately, it is still a prototype and is not yet available.