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Cheap Cartier Replica Crash Skeleton Watch For Men Hands-On

Want a watch that is almost guaranteed to become a fascinating collector’s piece somewhere down the road? Then you might want to take a close look at what is destined to be a unique and rare treat from Cartier. I am, of course, talking about the Cheap Cartier Replica, which adds a new men’s version of the famous crash watch to Cartier’s venerable stable of modern timepieces.

Cheap Cartier Replica

Cheap Cartier Replica

It was back in 2012 that Cartier decided to relaunch their odd Crash collection (for women). Odd because, well, it is. The story of the Cartier Crash watch is one that I spend more time discussing in that article I just linked to above. Cheap Replica Watches doesn’t market the actual creation of the watch with as much transparency as I think collectors deserve. According to Cartier, the Crash was a simple byproduct of the 1960s in “Swinging London.” That is technically true, but the more gruesome reality is far more interesting.

Cartier Replica

Cartier Replica

Originally a men’s watch, in 2012 when the Cartier Crash was reintroduced, it was as a women’s watch, complete with a lovely bracelet and diamond decoration in all 18k white or rose gold cases. Quirky and unique, the Cartier Replica remains a polarizing design cherished by some and mocked by others. It does have a special intrigue to it, and while I am not sure if I could be a Crash wearer, there is a definite attraction I feel toward the look of the case.
From a technique standpoint, what is the most interesting element of the Cartier Crash Skeleton is how Cartier adopted its now signature movement skeletonization design aesthetic for the more organic “melted” look of the Crash case. The in-house made and hand-finished Cartier Replica Watches caliber 9618 MC manually-wound movement is design to “move” with the case shape – offering something that I’ve never quite seen before.

Cartier Replica Watches

Cartier Replica Watches

The 9618 MC movement operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with about 72 hours of power reserve and is produced from 138 parts. It indicates only the time with hours and minutes via two blued steel sword-style hands on the dial. In addition to the platinum case, the Cartier Crash Skeleton has a platinum crown and is matched to a black alligator strap. There is an avant-garde elegance to the watch which, while not divorced from the Cartier aesthetic, is something much less uncommon than the typically refined and more conservative looks people tend to associate with the brand. I am pretty sure that if the Cheap Cartier Replica was not part of Cartier’s history, the company today would never release a watch of this character and design.

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Replica Watches

As a men’s watch, the Cartier Crash Skeleton is going to be an acquired taste, for sure. I think it looks pretty good, and David actually liked it a lot as well. When producing a watch like this, Cartier Replica has no doubts that it will have niche appeal at best. “Niche appeal” is really one of the top reasons I love the luxury watch industry – because there is a degree of risk taking, allowing for wild stuff to be produced for the few people that feel a real connection to it. I just wish more timepieces like this came with “democratic pricing.”

Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour Replica Watch

The Cartier Clé Mysterious Hour watch is probably my favorite new Cartier men’s watch model debuted here at Watches & Wonders 2015 in Hong Kong. It is actually a combination of three existing Cartier elements. First, is the also new-for-2015 Clé de Cartier Replica Watches collection case. Next, is the in-house made Cartier caliber 9981 MC which was debuted in 2013. And last, is a presentation of Cartier’s particular form of semi-skeletonized dial that we have seen from almost the beginning of Cartier’s higher-end “haute horology” collection of timepieces.

Cheap Replica Watches

Cheap Replica Watches

In 2013, I went hands-on with the Rotonde de Cartier Mystery watch that was inspired by historic Cartier clocks which use transparent discs to move hands. These were dubbed “mystery clocks” because it was not obvious how the hands were connected given the illusion that they were floating. This technique has been applied to timepieces before, but Cartier introduced the “mystery” hands which are on transparent discs in the Cartier Replica MC movement. This movement makes a return for 2015 in the Cartier Clé Mysterious Hour watches. Let me be the first to say that the minutes are also mysterious…

Cheap Cartier Replica

Cheap Cartier Replica

Made from 158 parts, the 4.61mm thick 9981 MC movement operates at a modern 4Hz and has a power reserve of 48 hours. That is rather nice considering that the movement itself is actually a crescent. Much of the interior space is open, dedicated to the sapphire crystals that the hands for the hours and minutes are placed upon. This interior section of the watch is otherwise transparent, offering a view right through the dial to the other side. Some of the movement is visible through the dial and the rest can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback window. I like this a lot, because compared to the standard Clé models with the 1847 MC movement, the Clé Mysterious Hour appears to have a slightly larger exhibition window.It is very important to note that while the standard Cartier Clé watch is 40mm wide, the Clé de Cheap Cartier Replica is 41mm wide. I believe this small amount of extra size was necessary to accommodate the wider movement. The case is still pretty thin at just 11.25mm.Interestingly, from a case material perspective the Clé Mysterious Hour will be available in 18k pink gold as well as 950 palladium. Similar to platinum, we really don’t see palladium watches that much. I doubt, however, that there will ever be a steel version of the Clé Mysterious Hour – but that would be awesome.

Cartier Replica

Cartier Replica

Please refer to previous articles on the Clé to understand more about how the crown system works. Well, it doesn’t operate differently than most other crowns from a utility standpoint but the entire point of the Clé collection is to have a crown which mimics the feeling of winding a traditional clock winding key. “Clé” means “key” in French and that is why the name is used for the collection. It is a cool part of the watch and as a cabochon in the rectangular crown there is an actual piece of blue sapphire. I mention this because in some less expensive Cheap Replica Watches models blue spinel has replaced blue sapphire.

Cartier Replica Watches

Cartier Replica Watches

Cartier isn’t wasting any time at all fleshing out the Clé collection with an impressive assortment of both men’s and women’s models as well as mainstream and very high-end exclusive versions. In less than a year Cheap Cartier Replica has released Clé models ranging from simple time-only automatics to Clé watches with flying tourbillons. The Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour for men is an attractive higher-end Clé model with a lot of fashionable and collector’s appeal.