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Cheap Cartier Replica Flying Tourbillon Crocodile Motif Watch Hands-On

One of the most exciting things about each SIHH watch show is visiting Cheap Cartier Replica and seeing their new limited edition art pieces that often revolve around animals. Last year in 2012 we shared a little round-up of some of the coolest Cartier “high” art watches. For 2013 Cartier offered novel “metiers d’art” limited edition watches, and we will share some of the best ones with you… starting with the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Crocodile Motif timepiece.

Using the natural stone agate, Cartier has a dial with a crocodile carved in relief. They also throw in a little tourbillon action for good measure. Agate is a common but beautiful stone that I believe is similar to amethyst. It is found primarily in volcanic rocks as I understand it. Agate is often blue and further tends to have various shades of blue that lighten toward the center. By selecting the right piece of an agate rock to carve, a skilled artist can make use of the color changes to their advantage. Sure enough, in this Cartier Replica you can see how a section of agate is used to highlight the crocodile head in a lighter shade of blue, but the lower sections are a darker blue. It makes for a beautiful effect.

While agate rock may not be that uncommon, watches with hand-carved agate dials are. It is one of those interesting artistic skills that brands like Cartier like to make use of from time to time when impressing a very limited audience. As such, the Cartier Replica Watches will be in the hand of no more than 30 people total. I do wonder if it is the same group of people eagerly awaiting the new Cartier art pieces each year, or if Cartier is able to expand the market for these interesting niche luxury pieces.

In fact those who aren’t as familiar with the Cheap Replica Watches of today should know that the brand is one of the leaders in offering both very classic mainstream entry-level luxury timepieces as well as fantastic ultra high-end creations that either focus on art or haute horology to impress even the most dedicate of watch aficionados. Yes, I said a lot in that sentence but it is important to express the level of product diversification that Cartier has undertaken to offer to the luxury market. Most people wearing a Cheap Cartier Replica, Tank, or Pasha will most likely never know that Cartier pieces of this caliber even exist.

Calibre de Cheap Cartier Replica Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Cheap Cartier Replica has made it pretty clear that the Calibre case is going to enjoy a lot of life. It has served as the base for everything from mainstream luxury to ultra-high-end Cartier models, and continues to have a promising future as Cartier currently prefers the Calibre as their premier men’s model. One of my personal favorite aspects of the Calibre is that no one has ever referred to it as “unisex.” Many Cartier timepieces have that fluid sense of French polish that makes them good enough for a man, but appropriate for a woman. The Calibre is “all dude.” Earlier in 2013 the collection was extended with the Calibre Chronograph model.

I was pretty happy with the original Calibre Cartier Replica when Cartier released it in 2010. Later, I offered an aBlogtoWatch hands-on review of the Calibre here. What many people don’t recall is that Cartier chose the Calibre as the first watch to house their in-house made movement known as the caliber 1904MC. This wasn’t their first in-house made movement – Cartier started with ultra-luxury stuff a few years before. The 1904MC was not only a new movement, but meant to be the base of many future movements. Designed to be flexible, the 1904MC is what all in-house movement-based Cartier timepieces contain. So here it is with a chronograph. In the Calibre Chronograph, the movement is known as the 1904-CH MC.

The 1904-CH MC automatic is similar to the pure base movement without the chronograph module but with a slightly different dial layout as well as a 30 minute chronograph offered in a bi-compax layout. Frequency is 28,800 bph and the power reserve is 48 hours. It also has the date located at 6 o’clock. The enduring controversial element of the Calibre’s dial design is the “open” date window. I have to admit this design feature looks much worse on some other Cartier Replica Watches, but it sticks out as something offered purely to be quirky.

I’ve heard two things about the chronograph sub dials. Some people believe that the dials are too close together, and others really appreciate their positioning because it allows for a relatively unobstructed view of the hour markers which allow for optimal legibility. Who do I agree with? Well both I suppose. Legibility is rather good but with the ring around the sub dials, their placement toward the middle of the dial is perhaps too emphasized. Having said all that, I love the symmetry of the dial and feel that compared to the original Cheap Replica Watches dial the Chronograph is much better balanced and appears more comfortable. So while it perhaps isn’t the world’s most perfect dial, it is nice and attractive enough to proudly bear the Cartier name.

Cheap Cartier Replica Hands-On

Cheap Cartier Replica unveiled a few highly complicated novelties at the 2014 SIHH. Of them we have already discussed the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Tourbillon and now Ariel has gone hands-on with another tourbillon known as the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire. The two pieces share several key features: both display the hours and minutes on an off-centered sub dial, both are housed in the same Rotonde de Cartier platinum case – save for two millimeters of difference in diameter – and both are equipped with one-minute tourbillons.
Similarities end right there, however, as both novelties offer a very different approach to catching the hearts – and wallets – of the fans of unique complications. The Cartier Replica Astrocalendaire’s main feature has to be the multi-tier, concentrically laid out perpetual calendar. As fancy as that sounds, the result is stunningly straight-forward: situated just off the very centre of the watch, three rings are surrounding the flying tourbillon, with each one of them dedicated to the indication of the day of the week, the month and the date, respectively. Owing to this configuration – reminiscent of ancient Roman amphitheaters – Cartier Replica Watches perpetual calendar offers legibility that few other watch do.

On all three tiers the exact date is marked by blued brackets that seem to float over the rings’ markings. Reading information from the three tiers and their rectangular frames does suffer in some poor lighting conditions, but the way the rings are stacked so close together makes for a quicker and easier reading compared to most other calendar watches. Having said that, one indication is missing – although it may not be instantly obvious even for those with a weak spot for this complication -, which is the display of leap years. Visible through the transparent case back, the leap and non-leap years are indicated by a hand set on one of the movement’s bridges.

Unusually suppressed by other elements – but positioned in the center of attention nonetheless – is the flying tourbillon, sporting the well-known capital “C” on its bridge. The in-house designed and manufactured movement, titled 9459 MC, is actually assembled in Cheap Replica Watches haute horlogerie workshop in Geneva and so it is qualified for the Geneva Seal. Since 2011, the Seal not only serves as a testament to the movement’s origin and the quality of its finishing, but also includes a test of timekeeping performance. To pass the test, which is a simulation of a full week’s wearing of the Replica Watches, the movement is allowed to reach a maximum final deviation of 60 seconds by the end of the 7th day. That, though less stringent than the COSC requirements, still is fairly demanding to highly complicated watches – which the Astrocalendaire undoubtedly is.

Cheap Cartier Replica Small Complication Watches Now In Steel

The world of Cartier has a range of timepiece levels. This includes the brand’s “Classics,” which represent their more mainstream watches with relatively simple movements, the “Fine Watchmaking” arena of much higher-end complications and haute horology, and finally, the middle area of “Small Complications.” This is “small,” as opposed to “grand,” in the arena of timepieces, where the latter refers to what is much more complex and, of course, expensive. What we can find in the Cheap Cartier Replica might be considerable value, especially with the new Rotonde de Cartier watches in steel.

Not all of these models seen here are brand new, but as we understand it, the steel models are. What you see are two types of Cartier Rotonde Small Complication watch models, with either a date and power reserve indicator, or the more favored big date, dual time, day/night indicator with subsidiary seconds models. So let’s focus on that latter line of models which is formally called the Cartier Replica, Day & Night, Large Date, Small Second – classy title, I know.

In a 42mm wide case available in 18k white gold (with blue dial), 18k pink gold, or in steel, the Rotonde de Cartier 2 Times Zones Retrograde, Day & Night, Large Date, Small Second watch is a prime example of a Cartier Small Complication model, as it offers information in addition to the time in an interesting way that blends complexity with refinement.The asymmetric dial has a retrograde second time zone indicator that, at first glance, looks an awful lot like a power reserve indicator. Look closely, and you’ll realize it is an hour hand with twelve indicators. Diagonally from it is a day/night indicator that I presume works with the second time zone to indicate AM or PM times. Also on the dial is a subsidiary seconds dial and a big date indicator. The layout is interesting and appears balanced, but it feels as though the second time zone is harder to read than it could be.

The other Cartier Replica Watches model is the Rotonde de Cartier Power Reserve – Aperture Calendar watch. This model set comes in a smaller 40mm-wide case, also available in 18k white gold, 18k pink gold, and steel. These Cartier Rotonde Small Complication watches have more asymmetrical dials with a power reserve indicator as well as an “open” date window. I think Cartier might have been better off just including a big date rather than an expanded “aperture calendar” date window. The overall design is very attractive, but watch lovers tend to disagree on the attractiveness of such open date window styles.

While the Cheap Replica Watches with Aperture Date watch might be a bit more mainstream, I think the modest premium for the more complicated “Small Complication” Rotonde 2 Time Zone Retrograde, Day & Night, Large Date, Small Second watch is worth it for the extra character and functionality. I further believe that these contain base Swiss automatic mechanical movements with modules for the complications.

Cheap Cartier Replica Rotonde De Annual Calendar Watch

What a wonderful time of year, when many brands start to slowly show what they have been working on for SIHH 2015. Cartier is kicking off the new watch season with their announcement of the Cheap Cartier Replica, a nicely balanced and innovative expression of the complication that only needs to be set once a year. A complication of this sort manages to sit between Cartier’s more standard high-end watch production and its haute horology department. Though with an in-house movement and precious metal case, it certainly leans a bit toward the latter.

Cheap Cartier Replica

Cheap Cartier Replica

Available in 18k white or pink gold, the Cartier Replica measures 40mm wide and 13.26mm thick. While the dial may pack a great deal of information, the case is minimal, with a polished finish and short lugs. The crown, in true Cartier fashion, is adorned with a blue cabochon sapphire that matches nicely with the blued steel hour and minute hands. While annual calendar complications aren’t inherently new, it is the layout of the calendar information which is the most interesting here. For a few years now, Cartier Replica Watches has been cleverly asking watch lovers to “rethink” some classic complications by executing them in new ways. Here, for example, you see a “persistent” visible ring of each day of the week spelled out, with a red indicator that jumps under the current day of the week.

Cartier Replica

Cartier Replica

An annual calendar complication requires a date, day, and month display, and the Rotonde De Cartier Annual Calendar manages these via Cheap Replica Watches. With automatic winding, 32 jewels, and a power reserve of 48 hours, this 4Hz movement offers a two digit big-date display at 12, a month display at six, and a day display along the outer circumference of the dial. There is a small hammer-shaped hand that indicates the day. The movement appears to be very nicely finished and can be seen through a sapphire display case back. This is a movement whose complications have been designed for daily use, versus a once-in-a-while exotic complication-style watch.

Cheap Replica Watches

Cheap Replica Watches

That simplicity is also expressed in the dial layout. While the dial is busy, each element is easily discernible, and overall legibility appears to be good, though the time display on the grey dial model appears to offer less contrast than the silver/white dial version.

Cartier Replica Watches

Cartier Replica Watches

The dial design will feel right at home in a Replica Watches display case, with large roman numerals and central sunray guilloche finishing. I like that the symmetry of the watch has been preserved by placing the big date at 12 and the month display at six o’clock. Some additional visual interest is added by having the day display presented though apertures cut into the upper dial layer. This also allows all but the tip of the day hand to be hidden beneath the main dial, a clever way of managing some of the clutter possible with an annual calendar display.