The Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver
When last january we introduced some of the novelties unveiled at the SIHH, we previewed the most interesting timepieces from the Richemont Group among which the most unexpected was and has been, for more than a reason, the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver.
Everybody, press journalists as well as watch enthusiasts, were wondering why Cartier and only Cartier, had launched a professional diver’s watch and by that I mean an ISO compliant one. It was anyway quite clear to me to be honest, as I’m not a consummate blogger but rather come from the Durable Consumer Goods sector: all the brands of the Richemont Group’s portfolio are independent and even if they share some technologies and parts, each follows its own product strategy, in compliance with its tradition and brand identity.
The Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver is an ISO 6425 compliant professional diver’s watch. This certification is not so rare in watchmaking, at least outside Europe as you may easily verify that nearly all the Japanese sport watches usually boast the lettering “Diver’s” in replacement of the “Water Resistant” one on the dial or on their tech sheet. What distinguishes then the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver from any other Water Resistant timepiece in this sector?
A Water Resistant timepiece is, in a nutshell, tested with air and a production batch is usually spot checked, while with an ISO 6425 certified one, just to cite a few, all the production batch is fully checked, each wristwatch is tested at a 125% of the rated maximum depth (300m in this case) and for an extended period of time in water. Each Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver must undergo and pass numerous tests, you may find a list of them right HERE or a summary in the facts sheet that comes with the package. It’s all about a long series of very rigorous and complex tests to demand such a robust design, you can easily perceive it once you are hands on with it and compare it with any other Water Resistant wristwatch.
Gaps between parts are very tight; the unidirectional 120-notch bezel has a precise click and, moreover, if you place on a table three different diver’s watches one along the others, you may easily notice, I don’t know if it’s by chance or not, that none of them boasts a helium escape valve. It is, most probably, for Diver’s watches are so well sealed the mixed gas (Helium and Oxygen) never gets into the case while diving.
The Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver is 42mm wide and just 11m thick, so to make it an everyday watch, as we are accustomed with any Cartier, thanks to the small size of caliber 1904MC, mechanical automatic with the balance wheel vibrating at 4Hz and 48 hours of power reserve. The bezel has no ceramic inlay, as it might seem at first sight, but boasts an ADLC (Amorfous Diamond Like Carbon) treated aluminum ring to give it a sort of lacquered like look and feel.
The Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver is available on a rubber strap (or with a stainless steel bracelet), that easily reminds me the Aquatimer’s one by IWC and retails, in this stainless steel version, for 6800€. It is the next step in moving technically upmarket the entry level Cartier’s line up and it’s great to see the French maison is looking more and more to watch enthusiasts and true connoisseurs. But, to be honest, despite its finishes, which are truly outstanding, it still remains a bit overpriced as it is just a three hand timepiece and taking into account this certification should be a standard for any high end watch fit for sports diving.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Cartier; Horbiter®'s proprietary photo-shooting)
Gaetano C. @Horbiter®
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