Quality and Style – something that Cartier has always had in abundance and yet many of the models just don’t do it for me. Possibly as the model shapes are now so familiar they perhaps breed “oh it’s one of those again” comments, which is of course rather unfair – but fact nevertheless.
But as always I have a favorite and it’s the Calibre de Cartier model which has a really modern, clean and perfectly structured look. It stands out for me in a few ways, not least that it’s very easy to read, has luminous hands and 4 luminescent points @12, 3, 6 and 9. A clever 3 date view window @3 which is handy if the minute hand obscures the date, just when you want to check it. The dates either side giving an immediate indication as to the actual date is in my view such a simple way of overcoming that slight problem.
This model is in 18ct Pink Gold and brushed Steel with a shrouded classic heptagonal Cartier crown, a decent seconds dial @6 plus a 60 minute chapter ring around the main dial in 5 minute intervals. Interestingly the numerals 4 to 8 are replaced by markers which is a subtle recognition to clarity – the large classic Cartier numerals would simply crown the lower half of the dial. So a neat touch indeed.
Mechanical Manufacture movement with automatic winding calibre 27 jewel 1904-PS MC and water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres /100 feet).
The case dimensions are perfect for me at 42mm x only 10mm depth, so is a very neat and flat fitting model on the wrist. The strap is in brown semi-matt alligator skin, with a double adjustable deployment buckle in steel.
This particular model W7100039 is in my opinion the best looking of the series. Tthe dial configuration is just right and feels right too, which is always a nice feeling to have. And as Cartier models go, this is not the most expensive by any means at around £7000 and is such an attractive model that I feel inclined to save up or perhaps trade in a few older watch models in the hope of getting one!