Cartier Drive Extra-Flat Watch Review
C artier initially delivered the “Drive de Cartier” watch assortment quite a while back in 2015 as another “family” of watches inside the Paris-based extravagance brand’s bigger umbrella of items. Like a large portion of Cartier’s watch assortments the Drive comes in a scope of models, including both this exquisite 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 exquisite and alluring dress watches, which precisely portrays this Drive Extra-Flat very well.
Originally delivered distinctly in 18k pink or white gold, Cartier presently offers the Drive Extra-Flat in steel (CRWSNM0011) just as 18k yellow gold (CRWGNM0011) for 2018. This is incredible 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 form. 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 adaptations get a blue spinel cabochon. Once more, for the cost reserve funds I don’t figure most purchasers 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 distinctly “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 circumspect, yet noticeable wrist wearing experience and is additionally comfortable gratitude to the wrapping hauls. To place the size into point of view, the “standard” Drive De Cartier watch with the time, auxiliary seconds dial, date, and an additionally in-house made programmed development is 11.25mm thick and 41mm wide. Both are comfortable and truly wearable, yet as I would like to think the Drive presently 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 on the whole shapes which Cartier has not just endeavored to deliver for its different scope of watch models, yet has additionally delivered quite well. Cartier has and will keep on utilizing the Drive case shape for watches both open and very good quality, yet for the time being is by all accounts adhering to a generally $16,000 and under value point for Drive models. By and large the brand has been trying to speak to more youthful and more up to date male extravagance watch darlings by making compelling and ageless looks which don’t take after any of the competition. Notwithstanding putting time into planning alluring and comfortable watch cases, Cartier unmistakably 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 an exquisite and basic 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 copy 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 amazing dial neatness. There are times when I feel that Cartier makes their hands altogether too meager (relatively) for a portion of their dials, yet here the hands feel properly planned given the general case and dial size. Over the dial is a marginally domed AR-covered sapphire precious stone 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 drags 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 well overall. In general I feel that Cartier merits a great deal 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 hold. 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 pleasant, however I don’t think individuals need to spend an extra a few thousand dollars for some intriguing super flat programmed development when for most of clients, a basic physically twisted development in a particularly exquisite dress-style watch is altogether satisfactory (particularly given the extremely slim case).
Additional acknowledged subtleties incorporate the mark Cartier-style ardillon clasp on the coordinating blue-shaded croc lash. 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 dress things you needed to coordinate the watch with. Cartier will in general deal with a fair “fancy casual” look also. Which means in the event that you needed to wear the Drive Extra-Flat with some pants, you could most likely pull off that too. Having said that, I actually think this watch most likely looks best when combined with long sleeves.
With steel currently joining 18k white, pink, and yellow gold for the “Drive de Cartier” Extra-Flat assortment, I think watch darlings 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 such a large 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 intriguing development with regards to different alternatives, however I think with regards to a dress watch, it’s generally about appearance and introduction (something Cartier commonly 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 commentator would by and by wear it: Anytime I need an adaptable dress or formal watch that has a touch of visual interest to it, and when needing to dazzle spectators (or myself) by wearing an item from an acclaimed extravagance “maison.”
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone exhausted of round-cased dress watches looking for something for standard obligation when matched with a suit, and who additionally ends up preferring the appearance of a slender timepiece.
>Best normal for watch: Beautiful extents and great 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 guidelines – in spite of the fact that that comes with the domain in a watch this way. Cost is competitive in the space however some will contend it is high given the basic development. Still far not exactly the gold models with the equivalent movement.