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On The Wrist: Road Testing The Drive de Cartier

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The following article has been sponsored by Cartier

Cartier’s legacy in fine watchmaking has long been up there with the greats. History has seen the esteemed jewellery maker create watches like the famed Santos model for aviator Albert Santos Dumont, a watch not only made for flying, but one that combined a unique physical shape with superb aesthetics.

It is often argued then that Cartier is a master of geometry, creating horological objects of desire that pleases the eyes of both men and women. For 2016, Cartier has used this expertise to create a resolutely masculine model that retains the flair of days past: the Drive de Cartier.

Behind A Driving Design

The Drive de Cartier is inspired by the elegant sports cars of the past. This is most notable in its intricate guilloche dial which takes inspiration from the radiator grilles classic cars. The crown meanwhile mimics a bolt that holds body panels or storage racks together, bringing an air of 1960’s swagger to the timepiece.

Its iconic cushion shape also echoes the curves of vintage cars with a particular form that is neither circle nor square in order to project a unique and eye-catching presence on the wrist.

Beauty In Movement

Underneath the curvaceous exterior lines of the Drive de Cartier resides the intircate Cartier in-house calibre 1904MC-PS featuring small seconds and a date function at 3 o’clock. Handsomely finished, the movement features two barrels to better distribute the torque of the mainspring for better timekeeping.

Not only does the Drive de Cartier offer this superb time and date model, the collection also features a “small complication” model, packed with big date, retrograde second time zone, day/night indicator and small seconds.

It’s asymmetric layout is quirky, adding another level of functionality to the Drive de Cartier.

For the exacting watch enthusiast, the Drive de Cartier also comes in a tourbillon version. This particular variant features a sensational three dimensional dial and dazzling tourbillon at 6 o’clock – all Hallmark of Geneva certified in a bid to show off its fine craftsmanship.

Final Thoughts

The distinctive case shape of the Drive de Cartier makes it a standout piece on the wrist. Paired with a classic design, Roman numerals and sword shaped hands, the understated timepiece is careful not to draw all of the attention away from a gentleman’s outfit, instead complementing a man’s most sophisticated ensemble.

As a result the watch manages to straddle the fine line between formal and classic, showing off its fluidly from the boardroom to the bar. A supremely versatile watch, the Drive de Cartier is made for the man with an eye for detail and a penchant for individuality.

 D’Marge shot on location at the Primus Hotel Sydney with wardrobe provided by Farage

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