Friday, December 14, 2012
Pre-SIHH 2013: Calibre de Cartier Chronograph.
Pre-SIHH 2013, Cartier have released previews of two exciting new watches. These will be officially unveiled at SIHH 2013 on January 21st next year.
The second of the watches is the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph. The collection will features Cartier’s new in-house manufactured self-winding 1904-CH MC calibre which features a column-wheel chronograph with a central vertical clutch. It has double barrels, which provides more consistent torque and a 48-hour power reserve.
The Calibre de Cartier Chronograph features a 42 mm case with alternating brushed and polished surfaces.
The watch will be available in stainless steel or gold, with or without gems. A sapphire case back allows a view of the beautifully finished movement which consists of Côtes de Genève (Geneva stripes) on the bridges and oscillating weight and circular graining on the mainplate.
The dial employs Roman numerals for the top half of the dial and then indexes on the lower part. The hour and minute hands are sword shaped and are coated with luminous paint. The three date panoramic date aperture now sits at 6 o’clock to make room for the chronograph subdial (previous Cartier de Calibre time only models have the date at 3 o’clock).
The chronograph pushers are flat and there’s a 7 sided screwed crown with a sapphire on the gold model. Water-resistance is 100 metres and the watch comes on a choice of a steel or gold bracelet or a leather strap. The pierced lugs allow for easy removal of the bracelet or strap with a screwdriver.