In 2016, Cartier, the expert of wonderfully molded cases, presented a smart dress watch for men; the Cartier Drive . Offered in gold or steel, it was a moment hit. Hot closely following this underlying achievement, came the Drive Extra Flat in 2017 , a significantly more refined and appealing dress watch that truly knocked some people’s socks off. Dissimilar to the previous Drive models, be that as it may, this magnificence was just accessible in valuable metals and, thusly, accompanied a rather robust sticker price. This year, in any case, we are satisfied to say that Cartier has presented the Drive Extra Flat in steel, and it is a significant alluring bundle at that.
In the exceptionally competitive universe of super slim watches – think the crazy 2mm Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept or the Bulgari Octo Finissimo – the Cartier Drive Extra Flat shows up comparatively thick at 6.6mm. On the wrist, notwithstanding, it is great. Impeccably proportioned with the 38mm high by 39mm wide case, with barely enough weight that you know it’s there without being meddlesome – to say the least.
The particularly molded case is a blend between a square and a pad and is completely cleaned on its flat surfaces, with even brushing on the meager case band and caseback giving an unobtrusive feeling of differentiation. Albeit characteristically straightforward in design, it has an ageless and exquisite allure, which is truly attractive and fits being spruced up or down. Presently offered in steel, it loses none of the allure of the prior valuable metal variants and, indeed, feels more flexible. And keeping in mind that the heavenly white gold adaptation presented a year ago was a restricted release, this steel Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra Flat will be completely accessible in collection.
The gleaming white dial with an inconspicuous sunburst finish is exemplary Cartier, similar to the enormous Roman numerals for the hour records, blued steel hour and moment hands (no little seconds, which I like on a rich dress watch) and an inward section ring for the minutes. The octagonal-molded crown is set with Cartier’s unique sapphire cabochon, which ties in pleasantly with the blue of the hands, just as the flat blue croc leather lash the watch is worn on.
Inside is the Cartier 430 MC, which is put together intimately with respect to the hand-wound Piaget 430P, an extraordinary and notable development, offered now in an entirely reasonable bundle. Comprised of 131 sections, including 18 gems, it beats at 21,600vph and offers a sensible force save of 43 hours. The development is hidden away underneath a strong case back, which is with regards to the vintage style of the watch and furthermore assists with keeping its thickness down.
Arguably, what individuals will discover generally appealing about the new Cartier Drive Extra Flat in steel is the cost. At just USD 5,600, it is a truly open dress watch and is essentially more affordable than the valuable gold forms. It’s likewise the most moderate watch controlled by a manual-winding Piaget development, which is surely nothing to sniffle at. Because of hit stores in the not so distant future (around September), we expect this model will be very mainstream. Note: Cartier additionally presented a yellow gold variant of this Drive de Cartier Extra Flat at the SIHH 2018. More details on cartier.com .