This year’s two Mysterious watches are as much about aesthetics as technical watchmaking. These not only remind us of the iconic Cartier mystery clocks, but I believe also signals the maturing of Cartier Fine Watchmaking. I expect that means that the collection will see more emphasis on historical inspiration, aesthetics, alongside replica cartier santos. I would not be surprised to see more form cases in the Fine Watchmaking line; currently the bulk of it is round.
And the new Crash with teardrop bracelet, though not part of the Fine Watchmaking line, reinforces my opinion that this is the case (no pun intended). Though Cartier reissued various historical case styles while the replica omega seamaster was still in production, that more or less ceased after the Fine Watchmaking line made its debut. The second trend is obvious, and something that is happening across the industry. In-house, or manufacture or whatever you wish to call it, essentially not ETA, movements are slowly making their way across the mid-range collection. The new Calibre de Cartier chronograph with the 1904CH-MC, with a low price for the basic steel model, is a good example of this. And future releases, perhaps during 2013, will also use the 1904 MC.
Unlike the development of the high-end Cartier watches, this will take place more gradually in my opinion. ETA movements remain reliable, and according to comments made by Johan Rupert, accessible to the group. The growing use of more sophisticated, but it has to be said, still mass produced, movements in the mid- and maybe even entry level replica breitling bentley 6. 75 watches is as important as the growth of the Fine Watchmaking line. These watches appeal to a much broader market, and give buyers in that segment an alternative to mass brands like Cartier.
Cartier does not have a platinum or white gold bracelet available for my CPCP Tank LC XL Pt, so i put a steel link bracelet on the watch. In the evening I can use the Tank as desk watch also this way. Just got a Cartier ballon bleu rose gold watch for my wife (as a surprise) and she loves it! She has a few watches (tag, rolex datejust, perrelet diamond flower ceramic) but this is her first gold watch and we love the warmth of rose gold. Was choosing amongst a Cartier happy sports rose gold bracelet, a Breguet classique ladies and a JLC reverso duo and this Cartier. Wife doesn't appreciate the Cartier when i tested her tastes for watches (even though I really liked the JLC in rose gold). Even though the chopard had more bling (diamond bezel and hapoy diamonds) I felt the Cartier was more iconic and timeless and also had a better case and bracelet finishing and build. Went for the Cartier and she really loves it!
Two sizes are available, small and medium. The small measures 19 mm wide by 38. 4 mm long and is quartz. The medium is automatic and is 22. 6 mm wide and 41. 6 mm long. It can be distinguished by its date feature, which the small size lacks. For any large scale brand that wishes to be taken seriously in this price range, an in-house chronograph is de rigeur and the replica cartier roadster entry level, in-house chronograph with the 1904CH MC movement. It has all the attributes of modern high-end chronograph construction (especially in regards to Richemont Group designs): column wheel, vertical clutch, single-piece reset hammer and bidirectional winding.
It has just hit the stores in Singapore, and will also be available in other countries around this time. Cartier had a strong year in 2013. Amongst the SIHH exhibitors, it was amongst the best in terms of breadth, complications and ideas. For me the highlights are the pair of mystery watches in the Fine Watchmaking line, the Crash on bracelet, and the little publicised small complications in Santos-Dumont and Tortue cases. The Ballon Bleu Tourbillon Double Jumping Time Zone is an elaboration of the Ballom Bleu Flying Tourbillon, which was one of the first Fine Watchmaking replica tag heuer grand carrera presented in 2008. Because it is a modular complication with the double jumping time zone module on top of the flying tourbillon base movement, the flying tourbillon carriage had to be raised due to the height of the module. This means the tourbillon is level with the dial and not sunken in.
The home time is displayed in the sub-dial at two o’clock, while the local time on the sub-dial with Arabic numbers. And the local time hand is advanced in one hour increments via the pusher at ten o’clock. And each of the jump hour mechanisms has a tiny spring to drive the jumping hands. One obvious question is why this lacks a day and night indicator. The answer, according to Carole Forestier, is aesthetics. The goal was to have an open worked dial to expose as much of the beautifully replica rolex submariner uk – the movement has the Geneva Seal – mechanism of the twin jumping hours as possible. In fact the exposed components not only reveals the movement decoration, but also the jumping mechanism in action at the top of each hour.
On the topic of finishing, the close and evenly spaced perlage is worth admiring, as is the finish on the steel levers and racks. Excellent as it is, the finishing could be taken a notch higher with sharp, inward corners for the bridges. Seemingly simple, the double jumping time zone module is actually fairly complex. The ordinary flying tourbillon movement is comprised of 142 parts, but the double jumping time zone calibre has 304 components. That’s nearly 162 parts for the time zone module. And despite the movement looking small from the display back, the actual size of the calibre including the module is 30 mm. That’s because the module is wider than the base movement, which is only 24. 5 mm wide. That being said, the time zone module remains compact. This movement is only 2. 25 mm higher than the ordinary flying tourbillon, which translates into a mere 0. 9 mm increase in case height.