Watches and Wonders 2021: Cloche de Cartier, The Clock on Our Wrist

At Watches and Wonders 2021, Cartier announced their Cloche de Cartier series with a unique design that can transform into a miniature desk clock.

Cartier announced at Watches & Wonders 2021 that it’s renewed six of it’s collection lines. These include the Cartier Libre, Cartier Privé, Pasha de Cartier, Santos de Cartier (and Santos Dumont), Tank Must de Cartier, Ballon Bleu and Panthère Jewellery series. As always, there are many watches that are noteworthy among these watches, but we can say that the Cloche de Cartier, which has a rare idea and form in the world of watchmaking, was the most shining series.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WGCC0003-1-1240x826.jpg

Cloche de Cartier watches are in the Cartier Privé collection. This collection consists of a limited number of memorable Cartier models.

The collection, which began in 2015 with Crash, grew with Tank Cintrée in 2017, Tonneau in 2019, and Tank Asymétrique in 2020. Next one is the impressive Cloche.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı Cartier-Cloche-1920.jpg
First Cloche de Cartier model of 1920

The word “Cloche” means bells in French, and cloche was the inspiration for the shape of Cartier watches. However, the Cloche de Cartier, which first came out in 1920, does not look like the way we are get used to it today. Although the bell attribution is much more obvious, compared to today’s version, we can say that it has a less creative case.  

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı Cartier-Cloche-1922.jpg
A Cloche de Cartier model from 1922

The legend of Cloche de Cartier was born after Cartier designers, a jewel and watchmaker who turned the simple realities of everyday life into a work of art, created an arrangement that revealed the true power of the watch. The operation was simple: In a new asymmetric design inspired by a service bell, the case and dial were rotated ninety degrees. After all, as with service bells, the arm is on the hill, and you can pull it out of your wrist and use it as a miniature table clock if you want. These unique watches are all 37.15 mm x 28 mm in diameter, the 1917 MC and 9626 MC are in-house movements.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WGCC0004-cloche-de-cartier-watch-13-1-1240x826.jpg
Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WGCC0002-655x1200.jpg
Ref. WGCC0002

18-carat yellow gold case and dial. Blued needles are handmade. Embellished arm with cabochon cut sapphire stone. Black crocodile leather strap. Black crocodile leather strap. Limited production of 100 pieces with sequence numbers. The manual winding 1917 MC movement.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WGCC0003-637x1200.jpg
Ref. WGCC0003

Black dial, 18-carat pink gold case and hands. Embellished arm with cabochon cut sapphire stone. Anthracite grey crocodile skin strap. Limited production of 100 pieces with sequence numbers.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WGCC0004-636x1200.jpg
Ref. WGCC0004

Platinum case, yellow dial. Embellished with cabochon cut ruby stone. Black crocodile leather strap. Limited production of 100 pieces with sequence numbers. Manual winding 1917 MC movement.

Clouche Skeleton Models

Cartier watch specialists have redesigned the manual winding 1917 MC movement for skeleton watches. In the new architecture, the escapement and the entire wheel system that follows it are arranged in a circular manner with extraordinary simplicity. Therefore, a new manual winding movement, the 9626 MC, was born.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı HPI01436-800x1200.jpg
Ref. HPI01436

Platinum skeleton case, blued hands. 107 sets of round cut diamonds (0.7 carats). Round cut diamond (0.1 carat) forming handle. 21 round cut diamond (0.2 carat) buckle set. Manual winding 9626 MC movement. Limited production to 20 pieces.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WHCC0002-cloche-de-cartier-watch-8-1-638x1200.jpg
Ref. WHCC0002

18-carat pink gold skeleton case, blue hands. Embellished arm with cabochon cut sapphire stone. Brown or gray crocodile skin strap. Manual winding 9626 MC mechanism. Limited production to 50 pieces.

Bu görsel boş bir alt niteliğe sahip; dosya adı WHCC0003-cloche-de-cartier-watch-4-625x1200.jpg
Ref. WHCC0003

Platinum skeleton case, blued hands. Embellished with cabochon cut ruby stone. Black or blue crocodile skin strap. Manual winding9626 MC mechanism. Limited production to 50 pieces.