Cartier Santos Dumont Carbon Skeleton Titanium (Ref. W2020052)
The French luxury jeweler keeps introducing skeletonized timepieces. The latest in the series is the new Cartier Santos Dumont Carbon Skeleton Titanium (Ref. W2020052) hand-wound watch that was officially presented last week at SIHH 2011 trade fair.
As you can see on the pictures, the new watch continues the trend that started last year when the French brand has unveiled its Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Skeleton timepiece.
Like the last year’s model, the new Cartier Santos Dumont Carbon Skeleton lacks any dial in its usual meaning.
Even the Roman numerals are in fact skeletonized bridges of the Cartier 9612 MC manually-wound movement.
The manufacture-made caliber is so extensively skeletonized, that the gear train, as well as the mainspring barrel seem to float in thin air: a difficult task to accomplish when you have to make the watch look cool while preserving its structural rigidity.
The movement is built on 20 rubies and comprises 138 parts, while offering at least 72 hours of continuous operation when fully wound.
Like the elegant titanium body, the movement is subjected to ADLC treatment, which is more flexible and scratch-resistant than “traditional” DLC coatings, but looks like an overkill when applied to watchmaking.
Well, at least it sounds cool.
Cartier Santos Dumont Carbon Skeleton Titanium (Ref. W2020052) manual-wind watch specification
Movement: Hand-wound, Cartier Caliber 9612 MC, 20 jewels, 28.60 mm x 28.60 mm in width, 3.97 mm in height, 138 components, 28,800 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours (3 days)
Case material: Titanium
Bezel material: Titanium
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Cushion
Case size: 47.00 mm x 39.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Hands: Sword-shaped, rhodium-plated brass
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Alligator skin with double adjustable deployant buckle in 18-carat white gold and ADLC coating
Case back: Sapphire
Tags: 30 m, 47 mm, ADLC, carbon, Cartier, Cartier Caliber 9612 MC, manual, Ref. W2020052, Santos, SIHH 2011, Skeleton, skeletonized, Titanium