Cartier Replica has a long and distinguished history as a watchmaker of dabbling outside the confines of the traditional round watch case, at times with iconic results such as the emblematic Tank &Santos Replica UK.
The other, more horologically complex version of the Cheap Cartier Privé Replica is essentially an update of 2006’s Tonneau XL dual time model that hailed from Cartier’s Paris Collection.
This movement represents a technical achievement in several respects, with its linear-oriented gear train, with wheels aligned between 5 and 12 o’clock, designed to maintain the integrity of the case shape; the curved contours of the movement itself; and the angled cutting on the gear train’s barrel and escapement wheel.
Cartier Replica Watch struts its watchmaking stuff with this manually winding caliber, which has been openworked to bring, says Cartier, “lightness and nobility to a traditional complication,” and which allows the wearer to easily set the second time zone in one-hour jumps by pressing the additional crown at 4 o’clock.
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.