C artier initially delivered the “Drive de Cartier” watch assortment quite a long while prior in 2015 as another “family” of watches inside the Paris-based extravagance brand’s bigger umbrella of items. Like the majority of Cartier’s watch assortments the Drive comes in a scope of models, including both this rich two-hand “Extra-Flat” model and a Drive Tourbillon. As a watch authority, my premium will in general include more complicated watches or plans, however I consider most us have a weakness in our heart for rich and alluring dress watches, which precisely portrays this Drive Extra-Flat very well.
Originally delivered uniquely in 18k pink or white gold, Cartier currently offers the Drive Extra-Flat in steel (CRWSNM0011) just as 18k yellow gold (CRWGNM0011) for 2018. This is extraordinary information to the individuals who need the allure of a Cartier dress watch, that doesn’t come in a norm round case, and that likewise doesn’t have the value premium related with it. To place things in context, the steel rendition of the Drive Extra-Flat is around 33% the expense of a gold-cased adaptation. It additionally ends up looking practically indistinguishable from the 18k white gold rendition of the Drive Extra-Flat that was delivered as a restricted edition.
Aside from a valuable metal case, the lone other little detail “missing” in the steel rendition of the Drive Extra-Flat is the material of the blue cabochon in the crown. Cartier utilizes engineered sapphire for the blue cabochon on the Drive models in gold, and the steel forms get a blue spinel cabochon. Once more, for the cost investment funds I don’t figure most shoppers will mind and the Drive Extra-Flat in steel feels like an arrangement despite the fact that it obviously comes with Cartier brand valuing that ensures its items are determinedly “luxury” in their evaluating strategies.
How flat is “extra-flat?” With its physically wound mechanical development the Drive Extra-Flat watch is simply 6.6mm thick, 39mm wide, and has a 44mm drag to-haul distance. That makes for a prudent, yet noticeable wrist wearing experience and is additionally comfortable gratitude to the wrapping drags. To place the size into viewpoint, the “standard” Drive De Cartier watch with the time, auxiliary seconds dial, date, and a likewise in-house made programmed development is 11.25mm thick and 41mm wide. Both are comfortable and truly wearable, yet as I would see it the Drive right now works best in this thinned down and minimalized two-hand “Extra-Flat” variant.
The pad style case puts the Drive among the numerous non-round case shapes that Cartier progresses nicely. The brand has consistently been among the couple of watchmakers ready to effectively move away from the round-case worldview that most watches fall into. Square, rectangular, and even “melted” (Cartier Crash) are altogether shapes which Cartier has not just endeavored to deliver for its assorted scope of watch models, yet has likewise delivered quite well. Cartier has and will keep on utilizing the Drive case shape for watches both open and extremely very good quality, however until further notice is by all accounts adhering to a generally $16,000 and under value point for Drive models. All in all the brand has been trying to interest more youthful and fresher male extravagance watch sweethearts by making compelling and immortal looks which don’t take after any of the competition. Notwithstanding putting time into planning alluring and comfortable watch cases, Cartier plainly works effectively making their watch cases conspicuous from a distance – which surely adds to mark offer since wearers are “recognized” for wearing a Cartier.
The shapely pad instance of the Drive streams into a rich and straightforward dial that has only two hands for the hours and minutes. While I wouldn’t need to be without a seconds pointer hand constantly, I do like the eye-satisfying effortlessness of watch dials with only two hands. The dial is silver-shaded with a light sunburst completing and dark printed Roman numeral hour markers. A pleasant detail is the twofold recessed column of lines in the dial, which mirror the case shape and that outline the moment marker track. This aides add a touch of profundity just as visual interest to the face which prevails with regards to ensuring it doesn’t come across as exhausting. It may appear to be a little detail, however it goes far in assisting with comprehending plan, which I for one generally appreciate.
Cartier utilizes pleasantly made blued steel blade style hands which take into account superb dial decipherability. There are times when I feel that Cartier makes their hands all in all too flimsy (relatively) for a portion of their dials, however here the hands feel properly planned given the general case and dial size. Over the dial is a somewhat domed AR-covered sapphire gem and the Drive Extra-Flat case is water-impervious to 30m.
Even with its restricted surface space Cartier permeates the Drive case with alluring wrapping up. The steel bezel and carries are cleaned, alongside the calculated edge of the screw-made sure about caseback. The back of the watch is given a superb brushed completing which Cartier consistently ends up pulling off quite well. Generally I feel that Cartier merits a ton of credit for their watch case completing practices – particularly when you compare their items with a portion of the competition.
Inside the Drive Extra-Flat is the “manufacture caliber” Cartier type 430 MC. It is delivered inside the Richemont Group of companies for Cartier. As I referenced over this development is physically wound and offers simply the hours and minutes. It works at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with 38 hours of intensity save. The absence of complications to change implies that wearing the watch is as basic as wrapping up the crown for a few turns and afterward setting the time. Sure a programmed development would have been decent, however I don’t think individuals need to spend an extra a few thousand dollars for some colorful super flat programmed development when for most of clients, a straightforward physically twisted development in a particularly rich dress-style watch is altogether adequate (particularly given the extremely dainty case).
Additional acknowledged subtleties incorporate the mark Cartier-style ardillon clasp on the coordinating blue-shaded crocodile tie. Blue is a mainstream shading these days for watches and Cartier chose to have this lash coordinate the blued-steel hands on the dial. On the off chance that you needed to trade out the tie for a dark or even earthy colored one, it would work similarly also contingent upon what attire things you needed to coordinate the watch with. Cartier will in general deal with a good “fancy casual” look too. Which means on the off chance that you needed to wear the Drive Extra-Flat with some pants, you could presumably pull off that also. Having said that, I actually think this watch likely looks best when matched with long sleeves.
With steel currently joining 18k white, pink, and yellow gold for the “Drive de Cartier” Extra-Flat assortment, I think watch sweethearts have another non-round dress watch to consider. I think Cartier offers a strong worth in light of the fact that despite the fact that there are loads of other dress watches accessible, at this cost there aren’t an excessive number of from brands with the distinction of Cartier. Think about a Breguet, Blancpain, Piaget, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, or Patek Philippe dress watch cost and afterward come back to this Cartier to perceive how they coordinate. You may be getting an additionally fascinating development with regards to different alternatives, however I think with regards to a dress watch, it’s generally about appearance and introduction (something Cartier regularly prevails in). Retail cost for the Cartier Drive Extra-Flat steel reference CRWSNM0011 is $5,600 USD. cartier.com
>Model: Drive Extra-Flat steel reference CRWSNM0011
>Price: $5,600 USD
>Size: 39mm wide, 6.6mm thick, 44mm drag to-carry distance
>When analyst would actually wear it: Anytime I need an adaptable dress or formal watch that has a touch of visual interest to it, and when needing to intrigue spectators (or myself) by wearing an item from a popular extravagance “maison.”
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone exhausted of round-cased dress watches looking for something for ordinary obligation when combined with a suit, and who additionally ends up preferring the vibe of a meager timepiece.
>Best normal for watch: Beautiful extents and fantastic wearing comfort. Verification again that Cartier truly realizes how to make a wearable and perceptible standard extravagance watch product.
>Worst normal for watch: Simple by certain principles – despite the fact that that comes with the region in a watch this way. Cost is competitive in the space however some will contend it is high given the straightforward development. Still far not exactly the gold models with the equivalent movement.