Cartier built upon its long tradition of elegantly shaped watches in 2016 with the introduction of an entirely new men’s collection, called Replica Drive de Cartier. This year the watch-and-jewelry maison expands the series with new variations whose cushion-shaped cases feature a slimmer profile for an even more understated look: the Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat.
TheCartier Replica Watch includes all the design codes of the original Drive de Cartier models, many of which trace their origins back to other iconic Cartier models like the Tank and Santos, including Roman numeral hour markers, a railroad minute track, blued, sword-shaped hour and minute hands, highly defined case proportions, and an octagonal crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon.
The case dimensions are 38 x 39 mm, similar to those of the first Drive de Cartier models, but the thickness is a modest 6.6 mm, reduced from its predecessors’ 11.25 mm height by 40 percent.
The steel model of the Replica Drive de Cartier Extra-Flatcomes on a blue alligator strap, the yellow gold model on a gray alligator strap; both fasten with ardillon buckles in case-matching materials.
The newest collection, known officially as the Santos De Cartier Replica Watch, has twelve different models offered in “medium” and “large” sizing at 35.1-mm and 39.8-mm, respectively. Ten of these models use the traditional black and white dial, having been released in steel, steel and yellow gold, yellow gold, and rose gold; the two other models opt for skeletonized dials and a different movement from the rest of the updated collection.
On the side of the case is a pair of curved crown guards protecting the sapphire-tipped mechanism. Within the screw-down bezel, which mirrors the dimensions of the case, is the familiar dial configuration of the Cartier Replica line— with black, italicized Roman numerals printed on the outer edge, a square-shaped inner minutes “ring” cleanly framing the central, blued steel sword hands indicating the time.
It comes on the heels of last year’s commemorative century celebration of the iconicBest Replica Cartier Tank, and — although not explicitly — marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Santos model which transitioned the series towards a larger audience.
Besides this, it has suitably replaced the old and easily forgotten Santos 100 collection, and has accomplished this not by overhauling the historical design of the series, but by recalling both luxurious nature of the antique models and the modernizing features of the ‘70s in a better-integrated design.
Cartier can be said to be the king of animal replica watches. La Maison especially likes big cats, especially black panthers. They always collect watches of these beautiful animals in their watches, and the brand often resorts to modern art, bringing them to life on the dial.
A good example is the Best Replica Cartier leopard decoration. Its mat-like case is the ideal canvas for the engraver to draw the leopard head with thin lines. Whether the animal has a lifelike character by using enamel. When you look closely, you will find the carvings so fine that each line seems to represent a hair on the leopard.
What’s interesting about this cheap copy watchis that Cartier not only limits the image to the dial, but also allows it to move on the bezel, which brings extra effects and takes this creation to a new level.