On The Wrist: The Calibre de Cartier Diver
When the King of Jewelers creates, people sit up and take notes, because nobody does a luxury piece quite like Cartier.
The brand is renowned for some of the world’s finest jewelry, watches and clocks, however their newest Diver’s watch certainly came as a surprise when it was first announced back in late 2013.
The exciting debut marked Cartier’s entry into the diver’s watch arena – a ring we would least expect the Jeweler to the Kings to be in. The Calibre de Cartier Diver not only combines the faithful Cartier styling that we all know and adore, but it also combines with it the technical criteria set out in ISO6425 – or in watchmaking terms – the guide to being a totally badass diver’s watch with serious credentials.
Diver, a La Cartier
On the surface, the Calibre de Cartier Diver is unmistakably a diver’s watch. Everything that should be on a diver’s watch is present and accounted for: a unidirectional rotating bezel, a dial that is easy to read in all situations, and a screw-in crown, which aides in the 300m water resistance.
However, upon closer inspection, we see the strong design DNA that defines all Cartier watches: the roman numerals, the sword shaped hands, and the blue synthetic spinel set into the screw-in crown (blue sapphire on gold models).
For this watch in particular, Cartier have illuminated the small seconds track at 6 o’clock and the enlarged Roman numeral twelve, revealing it’s strong design philosophy even in the dark, and the masculine flanged bezel features fluting on it’s edges similar to that found on the original Calibre de Cartier.
Bezels on diver’s watches are prone to scratches during dives, and as such, Cartier had the foresight to coat the bezel in ADLC (Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon), rendering it virtually impervious to scratches, should you have a scrape on some rocks or a coral reef.
For a diver, it’s incredibly slim too – at 11mm, it is thin enough to be able to slip under a shirt cuff, making it a versatile addition to your wardrobe, casual or formal.
Tough Enough For You
Looks aren’t everything though, as we said before, this watch complies with ISO6425, meaning it has passed a battery of tests including being submerged for 50 hours in water, condensation tested for sealing failures and resistance to overpressure – where the water resistance of the watch is tested to 25% more than what it is rated for.
All this means that the Calibre de Cartier Diver is the real deal: only by passing these tests is it eligible to have “Diver’s watch 300m” engraved on the solid case back.
No Zoo lander pouting here, the Calibre de Cartier Diver means business and with that, it shatters any pre-conception that the Calibre de Cartier Diver was only here because it’s a handsome looking watch.
One Fine Movement
Ticking away behind the case back of this rugged Cartier is their in-house 1904 MC, originally introduced in the Calibre de Cartier in 2010. The movement is supremely dependable, with a system of two mainsprings designed to deliver power to the watch more consistently, thereby making timekeeping more stable over it’s 48 hour power reserve.
Automatic winding in two directions never lets the watch run out of power while it’s on the wrist, making the Calibre de Cartier Diver the ultimate wrist-bound partner for that stylish scuba diver that resides in all of us.
The brand’s entry into the luxury diver’s watch arena certainly did not disappoint: it has the tough rugged look and functionality that everyone expects from a dive watch, but it’s done in signature Cartier fashion, that only Cartier can pull off.
It’s masculine, yet soft in its design, functional, yet beautiful. The Calibre de Cartier will surely be a classic in years to come, singled out for it’s versatility, strong design DNA and real-world functionality.
The Calibre de Cartier Diver collection is now available at Cartier.