Swiss made replica Cartier decided for a steel case, which certainly must have caused some serious arguments at the brand’s Paris headquarters: releasing a men’s wristwatch in steel that had thus far only been available in precious metals is a very big thing.
That was quite shocking to me since I would have expected such an important model to be crafted in platinum, preferably with a platinum bracelet and only available upon request from one of Cartier’s three flagship stores.
But 1:1 perfect fake Cartier had a different view, opting to reach for a much wider audience with this historic Cartier watch. Following a strategy to keep price down, steel was then a perfect choice. And let’s face it, steel is a great choice for almost any watch: it’s strong, more scratch resistant than gold, and easy to maintain.
Still, that must have been quite a decision for Cartier, considering that this is the famous maison’s first men’s watch. But times have changed, and now this case variation makes it the perfect first watch for younger people or second watch for more seasoned consumers alongside a bigger daily-wear sports watch.
It’s a watch that’s always ready to go as it is powered by a quartz movement. Though, honestly, that may be another element for some to overcome.
But we’re not talking here about any ordinary quartz caliber: this is Cartier’s high-efficiency quartz movement with an autonomy of approximately six years – twice as long as traditional quartz movements. To achieve this feat, the Cartier manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds reworked and resized the movement to reduce its energy consumption and then combined it with a new high-performance battery.
Let me first confess that only when I rediscovered my old Panthère watch from 1977, which is also powered by a quartz caliber, did I start to appreciate this type of movement again. The fact is that thanks to the quartz movement, the watch is always ready to display the right time. It’s very precise and inexpensive to maintain.
The movement brings the price down to just €3,550 for the small and €3,800 for the large model, making it a real no-brainer for me.
In this price category, it is not essential that the watch be mechanical.
Over the past ten years, we have learned what amazing high-end calibers Cartier can develop and produce, and we will still continue see new watches released using those movements – like the new Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time, which is a prime example.
Cartier is king when it comes to design, and that is what this new best replica Santos-Dumont is all about.
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