Original article found on watchtime.com
Cartier drives home its iconic design codes in the Drive de Cartier, its new shaped men’s collection, introduced at SIHH 2016 in Geneva. The cushion-shaped case of the Drive de Cartier is the latest creation designed to reinvigorate the brand’s longstanding tradition of shaped watches. The collection has all the Cartier design codes: guilloché inner dial, railroad chapter ring, Roman numerals, highly defined proportions and an element of fine watchmaking mechanics.
Aside from the elegant case shape, two outstanding features place the Drive de Cartier definitively in the category of elegant dress watches: the slim tapered profile, orgalbe as the French call it, makes it look like an ultra-slim watch, even though it is a fairly standard 11.5 mm thick; and the pattern of the guilloché center, which is uniquely repeated on the outside of the chapter ring, adds elegance. Drive is a full collection, with seven references, including two complications. The Fine Watchmaking version is a flying tourbillon, with the manual wound Caliber 9452, a Geneva Seal movement. It is priced at $89,500 in rose gold. A small complication model, with large date and retrograde second time zone and day/night indicators, contains Caliber 1904-PS MC. This one is particularly inspired by vintage automobile dashboards, and the guilloché is meant to resemble a radiator grille.