Aesthetically Aspiring – The Calibre De Cartier Diver12:25 pm
What is the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the name, Cartier? Let’s take a guess – engagement rings, extraordinary jewellery, a dress watch? However, not many would relate Cartier, the brand, with something sporty like a diver’s watch. Right? But Cartier stunned the watch world when they introduced their first diver’s watch – the Calibre De Cartier Diver. As you know, we at TheWatchGuide, are always appreciative of innovative and experimental ideas, so the bold step taken by Cartier in introducing a divers watch is a welcome development albeit surprising.
Where style meets functionality
We have grown to believe that if a watch has an immaculate design and a dressy appeal, then we will have to compromise on the functionality and vice versa. The Calibre De Cartier, however, is the perfect example of why not to assume this. It flawlessly combines design and utility. The brand has blended its heritage of French design and style with the utilitarian aspect of a diver’s watch. It is meant for someone who is looking for a luxurious piece of Haute Horlogerie with a sporty feature.
An ISO certified diver’s watch
Cartier is a brand that does everything perfectly. When it decided to make a diver’s watch, it did not just make any diver’s watch, but an ISO 6425 certified strong diver. ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) is an international standard that sets criteria for what can be called a “diver’s watch”. The guidelines include a specific water-resistant level requirement, a time controller like a bezel, readability, luminosity, shock resistance, anti-magnetism and band solidity. Once stamped with the seal of approval, the watch is a trusted “diver’s watch”.
While many luxury brands love having sports watches in their collection, few of them actually go through the trouble of making a good one. The Calibre De Cartier is one that does not fall into this category. The ISO 6425 certification proves the seriousness of the brand in presenting a true “diver’s watch”. Apart from conforming to the guidelines of the ISO 6425 certification, the Calibre De Cartier has made no compromises on the familiar and distinct design of the Cartier brand.
Flawless execution of the case
The most important part of a diver’s watch is its case. The case is where all the magic takes place. The stainless steel black case of the Calibre De Cartier is strikingly slim, especially for a watch with a water resistance of up to 300m. As dive watches are pegged for being too thick, the Calibre De Cartier could very well be called ‘ultra-thin’, with a thickness of just 11mm. Sitting at 42mm on your wrist, the case is impressively apt and practical for any wrist size. Irrespective of the ‘ultra-thin’ persona, the 42mm dial makes it worthy of being called a sports watch.
The case also features a uni-directional bezel treated with a durable, scratch-resistant black ADLC (Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon) coating. While the case is in a brushed matt finish, the ratcheted bezel ring with a thin serrated edge for better grip, is completely polished displaying an immaculate combination of contradictions. The triangle on the bezel (at 12 o’clock) is painted in luminous white for better readability and visibility in dark spaces, especially underwater. The solid 18k rose gold, gasket seal locking crown (necessary for a diver’s watch) on the side features the brands signature design with a synthetic blue spinel, adding a touch of style and typical Cartier aesthetics to the sporty watch. The Calibre De Cartier has a black solid steel, gasket sealed, screw-locked case back. A domed sapphire crystal is used for maximum sturdiness.
The extreme craftsmanship of Cartier
Further adding to the stealth persona of the watch, the black dial with its Roman numerals is a bit of a stray from a conventional diver’s watch. However, without compromising on the readability of the dial, Cartier has integrated style and functionality with ease. The dial consists of a seconds counter at 6 o’clock and a date display counter at 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands of the watch are sword-shaped. The dial including the outer ring of the seconds sub-dial, the minute and hour hands along with the huge Roman numeral “XII” are treated with Super-LumiNova. They are so bright that one can even read the time from 9.8 inches away! Powered by Cartier’s in-house movement, caliber 1904MC, which is also known as 1904-PS MC, the watch has a power reserve of up to 48 hours.
Did you know?
The Roman “X” of the dial has the Cartier name in micro-print, also known as a “secret signature” that is incorporated in the dial of the Calibre De Cartier as an anti-counterfeiting measure.
A watch beyond the ordinary
The Calibre De Cartier Diver comes with a textured, black rubber strap which fits snuggly on your wrist, providing a better grip and robustness. What is aesthetically surprising is how Cartier has elegantly incorporated style, refinement and a feeling of high-end luxury to a sporty, diver’s watch! A watch that is equally at home in the office or at the beach, the Calibre De Cartier Diver is a sporty watch wrapped in a beautiful French design, indicative of the style that one looks for in a Cartier.