Brand new from Cartier is another addition to their ultra-successful Calibre de Cartier Collection – the Cartier Calibre Diver. This model hasn’t been released yet and will be showcased at the premier watch event of the year – the SIHH (Salon Internationale Haute Horlogerie), which kicks off early in 2014. Cartier has released a sneak peak of this model to whet our appetites. As a divers watch, Cartier makes this model with the ability to withstand up to 300 meters (1000 feet) of water pressure.
The case of this watch will be made from stainless steel, or 18kt pink gold, and there may possibly be a bimetal version. The diameter of the case will remain at its current size of 42mm. The case height is 11mm which is quite thin for a diver’s watch. The bezel is unidirectional which allows the wearer to measure elapsed time. This function is quite useful, as it allows the watch to be used as an auxiliary timer when diving. The bezel is made from stainless steel but is made black due to the DLC (Diamond Like Coating). The markings on the bezel are white for enhanced readability while underwater. The main crown is fitted with the classic synthetic blue spinal, or blue sapphire found in nearly every Cartier model.
Powering this watch will be the in house Cartier Calibre 1904MC which is automatic. The power reserve remains the same at 46 hours, while the balance wheel alternates at 28,800 VpH, which is optimal for precision timing. The caliber number 1904 is special to Cartier as this was when the brand launched their very first wristwatch for their friend and aviation pioneer – Alberto Santos Dumont.
The dial comes in black and features large Arabic numerals and indexes around a racetrack hour ring. The elements on the dial are coated with Super-LumiNova for exceptional legibility regardless of the light conditions. The dial also carries a small seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position. The hands are made from black steel and are sword shaped for a truly sophisticated look.
These watches will be priced at $8,200 for the steel and rubber version and will go all the way to $28,100 for 18kt pink gold on pink gold bracelet option.