Calibre de Cartier Watch
Although no one can deny that Cartier has had a long history of making gorgeous watches that people want to wear, the company was sometimes criticized for not producing their own in-house movements. Unless you’re a passionate watch enthusiast, the type of movement that powers a watch doesn’t really matter to most. However, if you are into watches, then the movement that hides beneath the watch case is a very big deal. So, in a bid to be taken seriously as a watchmaker and not just a luxury watch brand, Cartier has invested heavily into making their own movements. And a big part of Cartier’s foray in making their own movements is the Calibre de Cartier watch collection.
The Back Story of Cartier’s In-House Movements
In 2008, Cartier unveiled the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon–the first Cartier watch to have a Geneva Seal. In the watchmaking world, the prestigious Geneva Seal (also known as the Poinçon de Genève) is a mark of excellence. It signifies that the entire watch was not only made in Geneva but that it passes strict standards of quality, decoration, performance, and finishes.
The Cartier Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon
Prior to 2008, Cartier had no history of making manufacture movements, let alone watches with a Geneva Seal. So the introduction of the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon powered by the 9452 MC caliber was Cartier shouting from the rooftops that it was ready to start equipping some of their watches with in-house movements.
However, the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon is a piece of haute horology targeted to a very select few. And Cartier set out to make in-house watches that could be enjoyed by a wider audience, beginning with the Calibre de Cartier collection.
The Calibre de Cartier Watch
The first in-house automatic movement made by Cartier was the 1904-PS MC caliber (where MC stands for Manufacture Cartier). It beats at a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, offers a 48-hour power reserve, and provides the center hour and minute hands, a running seconds subdial, and a date window. The in-house 1904-PS MC movement made its debut in 2010 in a brand new watch collection called the Calibre de Cartier.
Calibre de Cartier Watch
One of the first models within that maiden collection was the Calibre de Cartier W7100037 that you see here. It sports a generous 42 mm stainless steel case (10 mm thick) complete with a faceted steel crown set with a faceted blue stone. The silver dial is unmistakably Cartier with the snailed detailing, black Roman numerals, and sword-shaped hands. There’s also the minute rail-track running the periphery of the dial, a subdial at 6 o’clock and an expanded date window at 3 o’clock. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal.
Naturally, since Cartier is undoubtedly proud of the in-house movement, the Calibre de Cartier watch includes a sapphire caseback for a view of the inside. Completing the fresh look of this men’s Cartier watch is the vibrant blue alligator strap fitted with a steel deployant clasp.
The in-house Cartier movement inside the Calibre de Cartier
As the first Cartier watch powered by an automatic manufacture movement, the Calibre de Cartier watch is an important watch in the brand’s history. But historical significance is irrelevant if the watch doesn’t look great on the wrist too. Thankfully, the Calibre de Cartier watch is both highly attractive and technically impressive!