WATCHES AND WONDERS 2021: Cartier Novelties
“Because Cartier is above all a jeweller, Cartier watches, whether they are for men or women, blur the lines between these two founding professions of the Maison, allowing for the best of both worlds. This is why our creations transcend all categories. They are not just instruments for telling the time, nor are they simply jewellery. They are a third type of object with their own uniqueness. Cartier watches only resemble themselves.” Marie-Laure Cerede, Director of Design for Watchmaking at Cartier
After more than a century since the launch or the first Tank, Cartier revisits the concept with Tank Must. Tank and Must, the fusion of two Maison icons: on one hand, Tank, essential and dandy, and on the other, Must, a name immortalised at Cartier in the 1970s that revisits the classic conventions of luxury. A Maison signature whose design and movements are continuously evolving, driven by Cartier’s watchmaking commitment to constant progress. The Design Studio has reworked the design of these new Tank Must with monochrome versions and an original version based on a new photovoltaic movement.
Faithful to the spirit of the 80s, the new Tank Must watch is available in three monochromatic colours that are embedded into Cartier’s DNA: red, blue and green. Steel watches that favour minimalist dials with no Roman numerals or “rail-tracks” and a fully chromatic look with matching straps.
Whether it’s the QuickSwitch patent (2018), which allows straps to be interchanged at home, or the latest photovoltaic dial found on the Tank Must watch, a modern alternative with a quartz movement with no need to change the batteries, the approach is the same; improve the lives, and satisfaction, of Cartier’s clients.
It took two years for the development team to integrate this SolarBeatTM movement, with a lifespan of over 16 years, into the Tank Must, the first watch to benefit from this technology.
A pioneering watch that also introduces a bracelet produced in an innovative material that guarantees a high level of both quality and comfort. It is composed of around 40% plant matter, produced using waste from apples grown for the food industry in Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
Tank Must Collection is available in two sizes – large and small – with the same thickness of 6.6 mm, with mechanical automatic movements, quartz or Solarbeat photovoltaic movements.
Tank Louis Cartier
The Louis Carter Tank cultivates its timeless elegance in colour. The choice of blue and red was a must, as these colours are a part of Cartier’s DNA. An intense red and a bright blue highlight and enhance the watch’s pure lines.
Cartier has added sophisticated details to these two precious versions, including Roman numerals and gold-coloured “rail tracks”, which help to enhance the dial’s graphic intensity.
The blue version is in pink gold, the red in yellow gold, both coordinated with the straps, these two watches come with a Manufacture 1917 MC movement with manual winding.
Cloche de Cartier
After the Crash, the Tank Cintrée, the Tonneau and the Tank Asymétrique, the Cloche de Cartier watch is the fth opus brought to you by Cartier Privé.
Cartier Privé, the collectors’ collection that celebrates and explores the Maison’s mythical models through numbered, limited edition watches. The “cloche” (bell) shape appeared in Cartier pieces in 1920. “Cloche de Cartier”, because, when placed horizontally, its outline is reminiscent of a service bell rung at a counter. Like many Cartier signature pieces, it has been named after its shape, made notable for the purity of its line and clear inspiration. Available in pink gold, yellow gold or platinum, it displays all of Cartier’s watchmaking codes: rail tracks, sword-shaped hands and a closed-set cabochon on the winding crown. It has stayed faithful to the original model’s finishes: satin finished on the back, polished between the lugs or edges, it is powered by the 1917 MC Manufacture mechanical movement, a calibre created in 2019.
Three skeleton models complete this collection. While it showcases the immediacy of an entirely openworked dial, it required the Manufacture 1917 mechanical movement to be completely reworked into a very ne network of gears, visible through the transparent Roman numerals, now transformed into bridges. It is now known as the 9626 Cartier Manufacture movement. In the platinum version, the winding crown is set with a ruby cabochon.
New versions of Santos de Cartier and Santos Dumont
Balon Bleu de Cartier – new case size 40mm and new versions – and Balon Blanc de Cartier – new versions
Pasha de Cartier
Successfully relaunched in 2020, the new Pasha de Cartier watch is sophisticated in terms of watchmaking functions and design details that combine to strengthen and maximise its ergonomic appeal: interchangeable straps, sapphire case back, a new crown and personalised engraving. A cult watch whose repertoire is growing in 2021 with two new key designs: from a more feminine 30 mm version to a more masculine 41 mm chronograph version.
This new chronograph version is equipped with a 1904-CH MC Cartier Manufacture movement and a sapphire case back. In steel or gold, all these versions can be interchanged thanks to an adaptation of the Cartier-developed QuickSwitch system. This invisible mechanism blends into an architecture located under the case and is activated by a single push. The metal bracelet can also be adjusted to the nearest link, without the need for tools, thanks to the SmartLink system.
The Pasha watch is becoming more feminine with a new 30 mm size. A watch with a jewellery-watch diameter, a quartz movement and all the signature details found on a Pasha watch: from personalized engraved initials hidden behind the crown cover to interchangeable straps.
In steel or gold, with or without diamonds, all these versions can be interchanged thanks to an adaptation of the Cartier-developed QuickSwitch system. This invisible mechanism blends into an architecture located under the case and is activated by a single push.