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SIHH 2016: Cartier Unveil A New Masterpiece Automatic Skeleton

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The grand artisans of fine luxury jewellery have continued to uphold their reputation for exquisite timepieces at this year’s SIHH.

Two standout models form part of Cartier‘s signature character of fine watchmaking for the discerning gentlemen. The Drive de Cartier is the epitome of the classic gentlemen’s timepiece with seven models now available in Cartier’s range to suit every degree of taste.

The Clé de Cartier Skeleton Watch which was unveiled at this year’s show forms the hero piece for the Cartier camp this year. And rightfully so, as this is where the brand showcases its finest work in the beautiful art of skeletonisation.

Let’s take a closer look at the two Cartier models.

Drive de Cartier

Cartier has accumulated seven different variations for this particular model of watch that they’ve brought to Geneva.

Our pick of the crop is the steel case model featuring white guilloché dial marked by Roman numerals punctuated with sword-shaped hands. An attractive piece around the wrist, the Drive de Cartier exudes pure elegance in a classic hue.

It has a transparent case-back which shows off the Manufacture movement 1904-PS MC – a self winding mechanical movement resting within a 41mm cushion shaped polished steel case.

The unmistakable Cartier blue steel sword hands provide a bold contrast to the elegant piece along with the dark alligator strap.

The Drive de Cartier starts from an affordable $AU7,700 and will be available via Cartier boutiques in April.

Clé de Cartier

An absolute masterpiece from the show is the Cartier Clé de Cartier, an Automatic skeleton designed to showcase the exquisite craftsmanship of the brand.

The process of skeletonisation is no easy feat. It involves chiselling away metal from the watch’s mechanism to ensure light weight is achieved without compromising on strength and balance.

Cartier are accustomed to challenges though and for this particular SIHH debut, they installed the Calibre 9612 MC movement. This means it’s the first Cartier skeleton watch with an automatic winding as opposed to manual winding.

The beautifully machined case is made from rare palladium and sits at 41mm in diameter. Set with sword-shaped blue sapphire hands, the watch makes a perfect contrast against the black alligator skin strap complete with an 18K white gold folding clasp.

The watch also has a minimum power reserve of 48 hours.

Pricing and availability on this watch is yet to be confirmed.

Luc Wiesman is covering SIHH as a guest of Richemont Australia

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