When I initially saw the Drive Extra-Flat at SIHH a year ago , it required some investment than it’s taken me to compose this sentence to become hopelessly enamored with it. Presently, very nearly an entire 365 days after the fact, I got to re-live the experience. Cartier has taken the thin Drive and refreshed it with two new case alternatives, the unassuming hardened steel and the exemplary yellow gold. Try not to misunderstand me, the white and pink gold models were and are staggering, yet something about hearing “steel and yellow gold” just sounded right to me. Thus, when I discovered my way to Cartier’s corner yesterday, I beelined for these new delivery without a second’s hesitation.
Seeing them in the metal validated my intuitions: The new Drive Extra-Flat models are far better than a year ago’s and early potential contender for best-in-show at SIHH 2018. In the event that you watched our First Take at Cartier yesterday, you’ll understand what I mean.
Let’s beginning with the essentials. The Drive Extra-Flat has a pad molded case that estimates 38mm high and 39mm wide, and that slight contrast is barely enough to give the case somewhat large of dynamism on the wrist. It’s practically similar to a hint of wabi sabi that keeps you taking a gander at the watch attempting to sort out what it is that is caught your attention.
The extent Cartier is generally pleased with however is the watch’s thickness, which is simply 6.6mm. In case you’re struggling sorting out what that number methods, it’s a similar careful thickness as an enormous measured Tank LC. You can likewise compare it to watches like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date, which is as yet considered moderately thin yet is almost twofold the Drive’s thickness at 11.9mm. All things considered, this was is really thin. I’d say it’s sufficiently thick so as not to feel delicate, which is a difficult I some of the time have with super slim watches.
With both new metals (and both of a year ago’s presentations as well, truth be told), the case completing is indistinguishable. The bended bezel and the highest points of the drags are cleaned, while the sides of the case and the caseback are vertically brushed. I’m ordinarily a “less glossy the better” sort of fellow, yet I don’t know the Drive would have a similar effect without the cleaning on the forward looking pieces of the case. The brushed sides sort of ground everything, except you need that play of light to hold the watch back from looking dull and level on the wrist. It’s a pleasant method to carry some light to the dial as well, which has a sunburst finish and two inconspicuous channels within and outside of the moment markers.
The watch has a shut caseback, which is entirely in accordance with the general vintage feel of this. A sapphire caseback would both make the watch thicker (crushing its very raison d’etre) and feel somewhat absurd for sure. Inside beats a Cartier Caliber 430 MC, which is a thin hand-wound development dependent on the Piaget 430P. It is 20.5mm in distance across (9 lignes) and simply 2.1mm thick, and it conveys a 36-hour power hold, runs in 18 gems, and beats at 3 Hz (21,600 vph). There are 131 absolute components in the development and if you somehow happened to open the watch’s caseback, you’d see basic twofold C adornment on the significant plates and equilibrium cock.
But enough with the specialized stuff. How’s this watch to wear? It’s a fantasy. The case is sufficiently huge that it has genuine presence on the wrist, however it doesn’t loom over the edges by any stretch of the imagination (even on my generally little wrist). It sits very low to the skin, and the short, marginally angled carries help the tie fall neatly and comfortably. This is a watch you could without much of a stretch fail to remember is on your wrist, it’s so comfortable. I said it before, however I’ll say it once more: This watch feels like vintage Cartier at its best in a genuine way.
The remaining inquiry is a hard one: Stainless steel or yellow gold? I’ve gone to and fro a couple of times, and keeping in mind that I love steel watches and believe that as an every day driver it’s likely the most ideal decision for most, the yellow gold is simply too enchanting to even consider overlooking. Discussion about seeming as though a vintage watch – this is all that authorities search for in outdated Cartier. The dim gator tie is executioner as well, however that is a matter of individual taste more than everything else. Both come at competitive costs nonetheless, with the steel retailing for $5,600 and the yellow gold retailing for $15,400 when they hit stores in the fall (September-ish). An extra box the yellow gold model ticks is that it might be accessible for one year, so it will have somewhat of an extraordinariness factor to it down the line.
I’ve been unobtrusively expecting either of these looks for an entire year at this point, since the time the Drive Extra-Flat appeared. All that develop might have brought about disillusionment, yet I’m glad to say that is the farthest thing from the case. Both of these new models are remarkable and I think almost any watch gatherer with even a passing interest in Cartier will be similarly as stricken with them as I am.
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