It looks like this year the French jeweler will once again resurrect its gorgeous Cartier Crash line of luxury watches with a twist in the most literal meaning of the expression. First introduced around half a century ago as a kind of homage to one of their London branch top managers who died in a car crash, the timekeeper looks like it was half-melted and deformed in fire.
The French brand first approached the idea last year when they introduced the Dali-inspired Cartier Tank Folle hand-wound ladies watch.
This new Cartier Crash limited edition model goes even further with its elongated body looking like an almost exact reproduction of the original 1960’s model. Even the way they placed the “CARTIER” inscriptions within the chapter ring and inside the Latin “VI” numeral look exactly the same.
Well, the magical “Paris” toponym is now replaced with a lot more prestigious “Swiss Made” combination, but the shape and relative size of the numerals, the traditional sword-shaped hour and minute hands, and even the winding crown that looks like Monomakh’s Cap, is basically the same.
Still, the new iteration of the watch looks a lot more refined thanks to the dozens of diamonds that adorn its rather thin bezel, as well as the multi-link bracelet totaling at whole 621 precious stones with a total weight of 6.42 carats! Of course, there will also be a more subdued version of the Crash featuring a less expensive (and, also, less dazzling) bracelet made either from rose or white gold.
According to Cartier, they plan to offer only 334 watches with 267 pieces featuring gold bracelets and the other 67 equipped with gem-set jobs.
As for the horological part of this beautiful trinket, it is rather briefly said to be equipped with a manually-wound mechanical caliber, which is built on just 18 jewels. I dare to assume that the movement in question is the same Cartier caliber 8970 MC mechanism that powered the aforementioned Tank Folle model.
Cartier Crash Limited Edition watch specification
Movement: Manual, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 18
Movement frequency: TBU
Power reserve: TBU (at least 36 hours)
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: 18-carat white gold / 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case, set with 150 diamonds (2.15 carats)
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Deformed
Bezel shape: Matches case
Case size: 38.50 mm x 25.50 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Silver-toned or Copper-toned
Hour markers: None
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Diamond bracelet with 471 diamonds (4.27 carats, 67 numbered pieces) or a standard rose or white gold bracelet (267 pieces)
Case back: Solid