At SIHH last week, Cartier introduced a new in-house automatic movement known as 1904-PS MC. It powers the new men’s Calibre de Cartier line. The movement features twin barrels to provide a steady flow of power to the escapement, and the regulation system allows for fine adjustment to increase timekeeping accuracy. A stop-seconds system facilitates synchronization to a reference signal.
Cartier also paid close attention to the winding system. Ceramic ball bearings at the center of the rotor ensure excellent shock resistance and durability. Cartier abandoned reversers in favor of a pawl system to speed winding, and a bi-directional full-size rotor assures maximum winding efficiency. The movement measures 25.6mm in diameter and 4mm thick and it beats at 28.800 vph. The power reserve is 48 hours. The rotor and upper bridges are finished with traditional Côtes de Genève, and the main plate, which is hidden from view, is circular-grained.
The Calibre de Cartier case measures 42mm in diameter and is available in steel, steel and pink gold, and solid pink gold. The curved lugs provide a comfortable fit on the wrist. The steel version comes with black or white dial, the steel and gold model comes with a white dial, and in pink gold you may choose a white or chocolate brown dial. The dial incorporates signature Cartier design codes and is dominated by an oversize XII in slight relief. Everything is clearly legible. The crown features a synthetic spinel cabochon. Both crystals are sapphire, and the case is water-resistant to 30 meters. The alligator strap comes with an double-adjustable folding clasp.
Look for the Calibre de Cartier in stores beginning in April, starting at $6500 in steel. The images below may be enlarged with a click.
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