As a brand, can you introduce a successor to a replica watch you discontinued about a decade ago?
With the introduction of the new Pasha de Cartier Chronograph copy with silver dial, Cartier certainly thinks so. And the brand might very well be right, as many of its current clients might not know about the previous watch. Nonetheless, I always think it is a bit odd to have such a gap in evolution.
And evolution is exactly what the new 2021 clone Pasha de Cartier Chronograph is: it’s as remarkable as the model from the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The most important changes come about in the size and engine: the watch has grown 3 mm in diameter to 41 mm, and it is now powered by manufacture Caliber 1904-CH MC instead of the Frédéric Piguet Caliber 1185 used before.
The dial also got a small makeover: the date has moved to between 4 and 5 o’clock, and the subdials lie deeper and are slightly more pronounced. The previous Super-LumiNova-filled hands are now blued steel, while the diver-style bezel and crown and two pushers set with synthetic blue sapphire cabochons remain in place.
The 1:1 quality fake Pasha de Cartier Chronograph becomes even more of a blast from the past as Cartier offers it in yellow gold – quite an interesting choice in these times when pink gold rules supreme.
Additionally, the Pasha de Cartier Chronograph is also available in stainless steel on either a bracelet or a leather strap, both of which can be interchanged in an instant thanks to Cartier’s QuickSwitch system.
I have always liked the perfect replica Pasha de Cartier Chronograph and this new one is no exception, however I can’t help but feel that Cartier is a bit too stuck in the past in terms of its designs. I expected more for this new generation.
Quick Facts Pasha de Cartier Chronograph
Case: 41 x 11.97 mm, yellow gold or stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber 1904-CH MC, 5.715 mm in height, 47-hour power reserve, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, chronograph
Price: TBD (Cartier always releases final prices after SIHH/W&W as public response can influence them)