As impressive as the first two watches are, the new watch that is generating the most buzz is Cartier’s new Calibre de Cartier Diver. The idea of a divers’ watch from Cartier seems to surprise some, but the brand has produced many sporty watches in the past. The diver retains Cartier’s design codes while offering true divers’ functionality, as demonstrated by its compliance with ISO 6425, the international standard for divers’ watches. There are many divers’ watches on the market, but surprisingly few actually meet this standard. Certified to 300 meters, the Superluminova dial is easily read under water. The Calibre de Cartier Diver is offered in steel on a rubber strap at 5,550 euros. It’s also available in very nice looking two-tone and rose-gold variations. See WatchTime’s original write-up of this piece here.
The Rotonde de Cartier Day and Night is another visually striking new model for 2014. This watch offers an oversize day/night or sun/moon display on the upper portion of the dial and a retrograde moon phase display on the lower part of the dial. See the complete specs below.
Rotonde de Cartier Day and Night watch
Day and night indicator with retrograde moon phases, calibre 9912 MC
Case: 18-carat pink gold
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Case back: sapphire
Crown: beaded in 18-carat pink gold set with a blue sapphire cabochon
Dial: white with black transferred Roman numerals
Bezel: 18-carat pink-gold
Hands: apple-shaped blued-steel
Casing-up diameter: 43.5 mm
Case thickness: 12.77 mm
Strap: brown alligator-skin
Clasp: double adjustable folding buckle in 18-carat pink gold
Water-resistance: 30 meters / 3 bar / 100 feet
Movement: Manufacture mechanical with automatic winding, calibre 9912 MC, day and night indicators, retrograde moon phases
Casing-up diameter: 11½ lines, i.e. 25.6 mm
Total diameter: 30 mm
Thickness: 6.44 mm
Number of jewels: 44
Number of parts: 290
Balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: approx. 48 hours.