In 2010 Cartier launched its Calibre de Cartier watch on a leather strap. In 2011 the same watch was presented with a metal bracelet. In 2013 Cartier launched the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph. 2014 Cartier presents the Calibre de Cartier Diver…
It´s a diver´s watch complying with the ISO 6425 standard executed in a very masculine design. The watch has unidirectional, self-lubricated turning bezel. To prevent any accidental rotation or alteration of the dive-time indication, the bezel turns in one direction only. It has been designed with 120 notches (40 teeth and 3 points) to enable adjustment to a half-minute, with a clear sound signal during its rotation. For greater visibility, the markers signaling each 5-minute period are clearly indicated.
The Calibre de Cartier Diver can be clearly read deep below the surface due to the Super-LumiNova applied to its dive-time indicators, hour and minute hands, pre-selection device and small seconds counter. When underwater, diving watches can be subjected to very high pressures and extreme conditions (salt water, thermal shock, etc.). For protection, the Calibre de Cartier Diver is fitted with a thick crystal, a screw back, oversized seals and a screw-in crown that ensure water-resistance to 300 meters. The watch has demonstrated its resistance to salt water after immersion in a solution of sodium chloride (30 g/l) at 18°C – 25°C for 24 hours. Furthermore, after spending 50 hours at a depth of 30 centimeters at 18°C – 25°C, it continues to function perfectly under water.
The Calibre de Cartier Diver furthermore hast to resist a magnetic field of 4800 A/m tested in four cycles of one minute time. Its deviation thereafter must not be bigger then 30 seconds a day and the drop of amplitude not more then 20 degrees. In terms of shocks it has to pass the NIHS 91-10 test; that´s a drop from one meter on a hard surface analog to 3000 G. Another extreme: The rubber strap is tested with a force of 200 N being mounted on the watch, the watch, for security reasons, is tested at 375 meters for on minute and the screwed-in crown with its four joints is stressed with an external force of a 5 N.
The Calibre de Cartier Diver is powered by the in 2010 introduced 1904 MC calibre. By the way it was the first self-winding movement to be developed and assembled by Cartier’s watchmakers. Its highly symbolic name recalls the pioneering spirit of Louis Cartier who, in 1904, created one of the very first modern wristwatches for his friend, the pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont.
The 11 ½ ligne calibre has been designed to maintain perfect chronometric stability thanks to a double barrel that guarantees excellent constancy of the mainspring torque over a long period. Fitted with a fine regulating system and a stop-second mechanism, it has been conceived to enable the Manufacture to perfectly adjust its chronometry, guaranteeing that it runs with great precision. The rotor of the 1904 MC calibre is mounted on a central ceramic ball-bearing that gives it excellent shock-resistance and ensures its durability. An even more inventive development is a ratchet system of bidirectional winding that makes the watch quicker and more comfortable to wind.
As a conclusion I can state that this is not a gimmick watch but a real professional instrument, ready to be worn under water and rough conditions. So if you like Cartier and until today you always dreamed of a real ticking 4×4 (not lifestyle SUV!) signed with Cartier on the dial, this might be your choice …
The Calibre de Cartier Diver …
Case: steel/steel-gold/18-carat pink gold
Thickness: 11 mm
Diameter: 42 mm
Crown: faceted steel or gold set with a faceted synthetic spinel
Bezel: unidirectional, steel or gold coated with ADLC
Water-resistance: 300 m
Dial: black, partially snailed, with XII in Super-LumiNova
Hands: sword-shaped with Super-LumiNova
Strap: rubber/steel/18-carat pink gold
Buckle: steel ardillon buckle or folding clasp
Price: starting at 5500 Euro without taxes for the version in steel with rubber strap and ending at 19.000 Euro for the version in 18-carat pink gold with rubber strap.
Please enjoy my photos I took during the SIHH in Geneva…
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver in steel with rubber strap