The Drive Extra-Flat was launched this year as well, in a slightly smaller, 39mm case and so the family appears to have an established place in Cartier’s lineup of watches, along with the venerable Tank, and more modern designs such as the Ballon Bleu. When Drive de Cartier first launched there was some discussion from AAA Cartier Replica Watches about the watch having an automotive inspiration, but that’s not something that you feel in any particular way when you wear the Drive, any more than you’re aware of military tanks when you wear a Tank.
Certain dimensions seem to suit certain watches in a way that’s difficult to quantify. I think it’s a matter of proportion rather than size per se, and in the case of the Drive, the slimness of the case is emphasized by the slight increase in diameter over the classic absolutist’s 36mm to 38mm. At about 12mm thick Cartier Replica Watches this is certainly not an extra-flat or ultra-thin watch, strictly speaking, but some of that height is thanks to the domed crystal, so the impression you get is definitely one of slimness.
The arrangement of dial elements, the way the hands change color depending on the light, the guilloché pattern on the dial and radial pattern in the sub-seconds dial, and the echoing of the case curvature in the shape of the domed crystal, all give a pleasant sense of intentionally achieved harmony. I should say, by the way, that the complex curves of the crystal have a lot to do with the effectiveness of the Drive Replica Watches China aesthetically. This is not a simple round domed crystal, but rather, a cushion shape with edges that follow the form of the case all around – I wouldn’t be surprised if the crystal of the Drive represented a significant part of the manufacturing cost of the entire watch.
The case shape is also more complex than it appears at first glance – brushed and polished surfaces emphasize its unusual geometry, including the gentle inward slope of the bezel and case middle, as the area between the Best Cartier Replica lugs transitions from a curve to a straight line. This minimizes the gap between the curved case, and the straight inner ends of the strap.