The luxury watchmaker created a new Calibre de Cartier watch that will be officially presented at the upcoming SIHH 2013. Featuring a new in-house chronograph mechanism, as well as a design code of the Calibre de Cartier Collection, this bold looking model will be available either in rose gold or stainless steel, with the choice of a leather strap or a matching bracelet.
Launched for the first time in 2010, the Calibre de Cartier Collection is now extended with the chronograph version that additionally emphasizes modern sporty style. Two chronograph sub-dials are nicely incorporated into a silvered opaline dial, keeping the symmetry of all its parts. Besides, you can notice chronograph pushers that perfectly match an extended crown structure, without spoiling the overall design of a case. A faceted blue synthetic spinel that adorns the seven-sided crown is a pretty interesting decorative element for the quick recall of the Cartier’s heritage.
Cartier replaced a minute scale from the dial to the inner rim of a tiny polished bezel, getting more space on the dial for a greater readability. The nicely designed dial features a central part with chrono counters and an outer part with a beautiful pattern, featuring Roman numerals (from 9 to 3) and hour markers (from 4 to 8). This distinctive style is one of the collection’s signatures, as well as the three-date aperture which is replaced on the 6 o’clock position. The 12-hour chronograph counter is located at the 9 o’clock position, while the 30-minute chrono counter takes the 3 o’clock position. Sword-shaped hands crafted in black oxidized steel are covered with a luminescent material.
The back-side of Cartier Calibre Chronograph reveals the new in-house mechanism, based on a Calibre 1904 MC. Visible through a sapphire crystal glass, there is a Calibre 1904-CH self-winding chronograph movement, oscillating at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). Decorated with côtes de Genève finishes, this mechanism comprises 269 components, including a column wheel, a vertical clutch linear hammer for chronograph reset, ceramic ball bearings for rotor and double barrels for 48 hours of power-reserve.
The case diameter of 42mm seems like the perfect size for Cartier’s sport watch collection. You will be able to choose between an ultra-sporty version, with a steel case and a matching bracelet, and a more elegant version with a leather strap. A luxury, 18 karat rose gold version will be also available either with a matching bracelet or a stylish brown leather strap. The new Cartier Calibre Chronograph comes with the solid water-resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet).