SIHH 2017 – Hands-On with the Drive de Cartier Extra Flat (and it looks stunning)

SIHH 2017 – Hands-On with the Drive de Cartier Extra Flat (and it looks stunning)

Last year at SIHH 2016, Cartier uncovered a new men’s watch, the Drive, which got a ton of praise and consideration here on Monochrome-Watches (see our  initial article and audit ) thanks to its extraordinary class and the manner in which it dominated shapes. For us this is what is the issue here, an expert of shapes and style , a brand that can make an offbeat watch that actually looks splendidly tasteful and understated. All things considered, for us the Drive de Cartier consistently had one issue; it’s size. It was just a nibbled too thick and all in all too huge. It appears to be our supplications have been replied however as this year at SIHH 2017 the Drive de Cartier has been redone and now comes in its most ideal choice up until now, the Extra Flat Caliber 430MC.

You see, a watch isn’t only a pencil line on a piece of paper. A watch is a 3 dimensional item that should be seen on the wrist, and more than its design, it’s the extents of a watch that make an unpretentious, rich and scandalous piece of watchmaking. The Drive de Cartier is a heavenly watch. For sure. In the 3-hand, programmed variant, it is exquisite, manly and it has a particular shape that separates it without being all in your face about it. However, with regards to dress watches, our inclination here at Monochrome consistently will in general be towards small and thin. Call us old fashioned in the event that you like but we figure time will demonstrate us right. A decent dress watch should be prudent on the wrist. At 41mm x 11.25mm, the standard Drive de Cartier isn’t immense yet it isn’t an appropriate dress watch all things considered. I love its shape however I generally wished to see it in a slimmer and more modest case. It’s about the proportions.

For SIHH 2017 it appears my wish has been without a doubt, as we presently have the Drive de Cartier Extra Flat, which means a marginally more modest (very little, a tad) and noticeably slimmer case, yet still with the brilliant Drive shape – a blend of a cushion and a square. Accessible in 18k white gold or 18k pink gold (too terrible for more modest budgets… still, gold fits very well with the idea of this style of watch), the case currently gauges 39mm across and just 6.6mm thick (slight would be more accurate…). This is the place where the deal becomes appropriately desirable. The Drive de Cartier Extra Flat is subtle, rich, wearable with a tuxedo, a suit or even an easygoing stylish clothing, without losing its quality on the wrist. The extents are amazing. The case is altogether cleaned on its flat surfaces, while the meager case-band is brushed, upgrading the thin profile. It probably won’t be the slimmest watch around, however anything under 7mm is still pretty impressive.

At 3, we find back the octagonal-molded crown with sapphire cabochon (Cartier’s signature) while the watch is gotten to the wrist by a pleasantly made croc cowhide (additionally flat and flimsy, to coordinate the case). The crown is sufficiently enormous to empower the winding the development, which is significant in light of the fact that there’s not any more programmed here, rather we find the manually twisted type 430MC (Cartier’s form of the Piaget 430p – 18 gems, 20.5mm distance across, 3Hz recurrence, 43 Hours power hold, 2.1mm thick), decorated in the commonplace Cartier style (regardless of whether not obvious, as the caseback is strong). In general, a solid and totally flat movement.

Alongside its new case, the Drive de Cartier Extra Flat likewise initiates another dial, which does away with the guilloche design found on the  standard Drive de Cartier . No more date or little second either, simply a tactful 2-hand show. While the dial actually depends on the huge Roman numerals on the fringe (see the Cartier logo in the VII numeral) and the railroad minute track, the plate is presently flat and just improved by a careful sun-beam design. I realize that a few group during SIHH 2017 discovered it too plain but by and by I cherished this spotless and refined look. It never felt exhausting or excessively smooth to me. The hands utilize the old style blade shape and are blued.

Overall, I’m glad to see this new Drive de Cartier Extra Flat coming available. I’ll rehash myself, however extents prevail upon shapes and here, both are completely combined to make the most ideal alternative so far in the Drive assortment. The white gold release of Drive de Cartier Extra Flat will be a restricted version of 200 pieces ($16,700) while the pink gold variant will be a non-restricted adaptation ($15,600). .