Drive de Cartier watch in steel
Drive de Cartier watch in pink gold
Drive de Cartier watch in steel with large date, retrograde second time zone, and day/night indicator
Drive de Cartier watch in steel with large date, retrograde second time zone, and day/night indicator
Drive de Cartier watch in pink gold with large date, retrograde second time zone, and day/night indicator
Drive de Cartier watch in steel
Drive de Cartier watch in pink gold with flying tourbillon
Drive de Cartier watch in pink gold with large date, retrograde second time zone, and day/night indicator
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THE GOOD RIDE: Cartier's Drive de Cartier
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Cartier
21.09.2016

The thing about owning a Cartier wristwatch is that you probably can’t own a wrong one. Go ahead and take your pick of Tanks and Santos and let the compliments roll your way. That’s because these guys design their wristwatches to be at a Hemsworth-level of handsome and with such an era-fluid charm that it would still be relevant 50 iPhone models from now – and we’re not betting against their wares outlasting the smartphone generation either. But before you bracket them as wristwatches that only your dad’s generation would approve of, Cartier introduces a set of newbies that the Biebers and the Drakes of today would front on date nights and Goslings and Hiddlestons on every other day. Entitled Drive de Cartier, this cushion-shaped mechanical is simplicity at its most profound packed with all the hallmarks of a Cartier classic: the romantic Roman numerals, the always-on-trend leaf-shaped hands in blue or gold, the well-worked flinqué or guilloché dial, the stylish octagonal crown set with a precious stone or mineral, just to name a few. What sets Drive de Cartier apart from the others in your wristwatch box ought to be the 40mm cushion case in steel or pink gold. Admit it; you’ve been sticking to the round down-to-earth versions for far too long. The attractiveness about the tonneau shape is the smooth curves it flaunts, sort of like an hourglass figure that guys cannot help but to fawn over (trust us, you won’t be able to keep your creepy hands from rubbing its sides like it’s a genie’s lamp.) On the business end of things, Drive de Cartier actually means business (i.e. no bullshit). Expect the type of legibility that fits rights into your straight-shooting approach to life: hour and minutes read via the traditional central hands, the seconds via a small seconds indicator at 6 o’clock, and the date via a window at 3 o’clock. Meanwhile, catering to those who travel is a version with extra features such as the retrograde second timezone indicator, a day/night indicator, and a large date display. That means you’re ready to impress the moment you step off the plane, whether in Paris or Panama City. While the aforementioned few run on an in-house self-winding movement (the 1904-PS MC was first used in the Calibre de Cartier series), the real showboaters would appreciate the flying tourbillon powered by the manual-winding calibre 9452 MC last seen inside a Ballon Bleu de Cartier and Clé de Cartier. And this is the one you buy because the bonus cheque’s just too heavy. For readers in Hong Kong between the dates of September 22 to October 1, you can check out these wristwatches at The Qube in PMQ located on Aberdeen Street in Central. If not, we probably don’t need to tell you how to get hold of one too.

 

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