Last year, Cartier introduced the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Chronograph Replica Watch, a killer in-house chronograph priced just over $10,000, and even more recently gave us the Tank MC, an in-house take on Cartier’s most famous design. It really was only a matter of time before we got a true dive watch from Cartier, and today we have it – the Calibre de Cartier diver.
Calibre de Cartier Diver
Anyone who knows anything about watchmaking understands by now that Cartier is a manufacture to be taken seriously. Carole Forestier-Kaspi is leading the fine watchmaking department into uncharted territory, every year coming up with new and calibre de cartier diver chronograph replica complications and on the more consumer-oriented side of things the maison is creating modern, wearable watches with quality in-house movements. Today we unveil the Calibre de Cartier Diver, a true ISO-certified dive watch containing an in-house 1904 MC calibre.
Calibre De Cartier Diver
Back Of The Calibre De Cartier Diver
Now, it would have been easy enough to slap a dive bezel on a more basic Calibre and to call it a day. Let’s be honest – that watch would probably sell like hotcakes. But instead, Carter decided to create a real ISO-certified dive watch, a much more difficult task. To be called a true “Diver’s Watch” under ISO 6425, the Calibre Diver had to pass a number of rigorous tests to meet eight basic criteria: unidirectional timing bezel, dial legibility, visibility in the dark, running indication, magnetic resistance, shock resistance, chemical resistance, strap durability, and obvious water and pressure resistance.
Calibre de Cartier Diver On The Wrist
The key here though was creating something that would meet these tool specifications, while also being an appealing, daily-wear watch. At 11mm thick, the Calibre Diver is thin enough to slide under a cuff and the 42mm diameter is in line with most modern dive watches, if not on the smaller end (that’s a topic for another time). The large running seconds balances out the oversized XII and the 120-notch bezel has a substantial feel and sound when it is rotated. It is certified to 300m and comes on a rubber strap or bracelet.
Calibre 1904 MC Movement
Inside the Calibre Diver beats an in-house Cartier movement, the calibre 1904 MC. This was introduced in 2010 in the original Calibre de Cartier. It was Cartier’s first true in-house calibre and it is named for the year Cartier introduced the first wristwatch to the market. It uses two barrels for improved consistency in power delivery, has hacking seconds, and uses a bi-directional winding system, all of which help make the 1904 MC a great workhorse of a modern movement. The balance beats at cartier calibre replica watches and the movement has a 48 hour power reserve.
Two-Tone Pink Gold and Stainless Steel Calibre de Cartier Diver
Pink Gold Calibre De Cartier Diver
Overall, the Calibre Diver presents a pretty appealing package. Aesthetically it carries all the traits of the Calibre family (which, admittedly, might not be for everyone) but it is something new technologically from Cartier. I certainly don’t think of Cartier first when I think “tool watch,” but the maison has committed itself to producing a real diver that any die-hard can get behind. Finishing on case, dial, and movement are all above average and it’s exciting to see Cartier continue to grow as a watchmaker.
The Calibre de Cartier Diver will be available later in 2014 in stainless steel, pink gold, and a two-tone option. Pricing information is forthcoming, but we’re told all three will be priced to compete with similar watches from well-known brands in the category. Visit Cartier online for more.