The Drive De Cartier Collection Welcomes Two New Timepieces To Its Current Selection
Focusing on the timekeepers' stylish and elegant nature.
What drives you? That was the question posed by Cartier last year when they revealed a new design catered speciﬁcally to entice men around the world. Inspired loosely on vintage race cars, the cushion-shaped case offered clean and simple aesthetics with a taut linear design and coupled with a convex domed crystal, the result was a collection that was at once dynamic and yet still sophisticated. Perfect for the gentlemen with an aptitude for style and freedom.
The 2016 collection celebrated free spirit and dynamism, creating a watch with a retrograde second time zone indicator and another with a ﬂying tourbillon. In 2017 however, the newest additions to the Drive de Cartier collection focused on the stylish and elegant nature of these watches, something that Cartier seems to do best. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the two new Drive de Cartier watches offered this year.
Drive de Cartier Moon Phases
Let’s face it, although moon phase indicators are rarely ever utilised on wristwatches, the presence of the little half crescent on the dial instantly lends the watch boat loads of sophistication. Drive de Cartier’s latest Moon Phases is no different. Putting the moon phase front and centre, the aperture at the 6 o’clock position tracks the cycle of new moons, half-moons and full moons; and because the complication is known as “astronomic,” it needs to be corrected by one day only once every 125 years.
The Drive de Cartier stays true to the signature look of the collection with the iconic Cartier roman numerals punctuated by the blue swordshaped hands, and the extensive use of guilloche engravings on the dial. The case is available in pink gold or steel and houses Cartier’s new manufacture movement 1904-LU MC.
Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat
The Extra-Flat watch comes with minimalist inspired aesthetics and a proﬁle that is 40 percent slimmer than the original Drive. The slender height of the watch, only 7mm thick, lets it sit ﬂat on the wrist while the curved lugs hugs it so the watch can discreetly slip beneath the sleeve of a dinner jacket, appearing only when it is needed.
We consider the Extra-Flat to be the rebel of the Drive de Cartier collection as it is the ﬁrst in the collection to offer no guilloche engraving but instead, a satin-brushed sunray ﬁnish on its dial. Additionally, the movement within the cushion shaped case is the calibre 430MC, that is manually wound much like the ﬂying tourbillon Drive watch launched last year. The Extra-Flat is available in pink gold; or for avid collectors, the watch is also available in a 200-piece limited edition white gold case.
AT A GLANCE: THE 2016 DRIVE DE CARTIER WATCHES
Drive de Cartier Watch
This would be considered the purest form of what the collection represents. Unhindered by complications, this watch offers the classic three hand indication (small seconds at 6 o’clock) with the only addition of a date indicator at 3 o’clock.
Drive de Cartier Large Date Retrograde Second Time Zone Day/Night Indicator Watch
Unlike the former, this reference is packed with highly functional complications including a very cool retrograde second time zone indicator. Unlike most watches that put the second time zone on a ring around the dial, the clever use of a retrograde system lets the dial remain relatively clean while still offering immense functionality.
Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon
Considered by most watch enthusiast to be the holy grail of complications, Cartier definitely didn’t leave out the flying tourbillon from its most masculine collection to date. Manually wound the movement offers approximately 50 hours of power reserve giving the wearer a good two consecutive days of use before it needs to be wound again.
This article was first published in the print edition of Esquire Singapore, April 2017.