So far the most luxury version of Cartier’s renowned Crash line of ladies’ watches is going to be presented at the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2013 in Geneva. Produced in limited series, for variations of new Cartier Crash timepiece can immediately be recognized by the unique “melting case” shape. A breathtaking combination of gold, either white or pink and sparkling diamond settings turns these watches into precious jewels.
Almost half a century ago, Cartier watch accidentally got a distinctive form that served as the inspiration for the new line of artistic watches for women. This is how the story about the Crash Collection began, almost like a destiny. It was back in 1960s when the vice president of Cartier’s department in London had the car accident in which his vehicle was caught by fire. After being melted under the high temperatures, his Cartier Bagnoire Alongee timepiece that he left in the car got an unusual shape which inspired the head of Cartier London, Jean-Jacques Cartier, to create original timepieces to be launched in 1967. The meaning of the name “Crash” is now completely obvious. Some 25 years later, the renowned French jeweler and watchmaker presented a new limited edition of 300 Crash pieces. In the 1993 SIHH in Geneva, Cartier came with a stunning platinum series.
During the years, the Crash watches have been more and more luxurious to end up as stunning jewelry pieces that we will soon have a chance to see. Two versions are crafted in pink gold (one with a matching gold bracelet and another with a breathtaking gem set bracelet), while the other two timepieces come in white gold with the same choice of bracelets. Models with wonderfully designed, polished gold bracelets are produced in a limited series of 267 pieces each. Each of them has a case and a crown completely set with 150 brilliant-cut diamonds with approximately 2.15 carats. For those stylish ladies that search for even more luxury, there are two pieces completely paved with 471 brilliant-cut diamonds with approximately 4.27 carats.
As I have already mentioned, the 38.45 x 25.5mm case of Cartier Crash watch is a true piece of art. Highlighted by sparkling stones, the bezel nicely opens an elegant dial with sunburst finish and large Roman numerals that perfectly follows the melting shape of the case. Finally, there are the brand’s signature blue central hands as inevitable details. Inside the case, there is a Cartier’s hand-winding mechanism that is a perfect guarantee for the high-end performances.