Watches: Cartier Ronde Croisière

By Thierry Ané on August 27, 2015

As most readers of Watch Agora probably already know, there are two components to Cartier’s watchmaking production: the regular yet very finely crafted timepieces and the “Haute Horlogerie” section where the amazing creativity of Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the brand’s queen of complications and head of “Fine Watchmaking”, is brilliantly demonstrated with each creation.

This year, all the marketing efforts of the brand for the former section were focused on a new design: the Clé de Cartier. Dedicated press conferences at the brand’s flagships, brand new advertising campaigns and eye-catching 3-D short films were used to draw everyone’s attention to a model that, quite frankly, is clearly not Cartier’s most successful design (not to mention the fact that the crown is unpractical to manipulate). This month, without much fanfare, the brand is unveiling another creation that, in my opinion, should have deserved to be in the spotlight: the “Ronde Croisière”.

This round-shape 42 mm timepiece plays on the “cruise lifestyle”, a subtle blend of elegance and laid-back attitude that I truly appreciate both with clothing and watches. It is powered by the 1847 MC, a self-winding movement entirely developed and produced in the brand’s workshops. With 42 hours of power reserve, this robust and reliable calibre offers the time of the day through three central hands and the date in a small window at 3 o’clock. With a thickness of just 9.70 mm, the watch can easily be worn for a day at the office and the water resistance to 100 meters makes it perfect for the week-end and the holiday.

The first two versions priced at US$ 4,650 are entirely crafted in stainless steel with a bezel featuring a black ADLC ring and a black synthetic spinel cabochon on the fluted crown. It is available with a silver guilloché dial and contrasting black Roman numerals or with an anthracite guilloché face paired with silver Roman numerals. Both models are equipped with the brand’s iconic sword-shaped hands that have been skeletonized and present the same colours as the numerals and external minute railway track.

A more luxurious version combines the anthracite grey guilloché dial and silver minute ring with pink gold hands and Roman numerals. For this stainless steel model, the bezel is also in pink gold except for the black ADLC ring giving the timepiece its identity. All three models come with a black calfskin leather strap stamped like sail canvass and they are secured by a steel adjustable folding buckle.

This is another perfect example of Cartier’s expertise with no-nonsense timepieces boasting original and timeless design for an everyday use. A true success that I look forward to trying on…

For more information please visit the Cartier web site.

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