At Watches and Wonders 2022, Cartier introduced its novelties from cult collections like Tank and Pasha, as well as its new limited series Masse Mystérieuse.
The Prince of Wales, Edward VII. said, “Cartier, the jeweller of the kings and the king of jeweller”, which is a quotation that wholly describe the French atelier, Cartier. For instance, it is said that Cartier produced its first waterproof watch when Pasha Thami El Glaouis asked French watchmaker to create a waterproof watch for him to wear while swimming, in the 1930s. And thus, the famous Pasha series began to be produced. (But today, Pasha watches are quite different from the original, actually, we can say that modern models are more like the Pasha watches that introduced in 1985.) Of course, there is much to talk about other collections introduced within the scope of Watches and Wonders 2022 but let us begin with a model whose store is written these days Masse Mysterieuse.
Cartier Masse Mystérieuse
The Masse Mystérieuse is a mysterious watch just like its name and other mysterious watches of the brand. The platinum case is in 43 mm diameter and 12.64 height, which is a kind of bold watch. As Cartier classic, a cabochon-cut ruby stone adorns the crown of the watch. Dial features the hour, minute and Roma numerals. The movement can be seen on the left side of white dial, where the mystery begins. Masse Mystérieuse runs with the in-house caliber 9801 MC. Although movement seem like a hand-wound semicircular mechanism at first glance, the movement is actually an automatic rotor. While the hour and minute axles are stationary in the center of the dial, all the remaining parts are placed inside the rotor. It took about 8 years to develop the whole system and place the parts in the rotor mechanism. The movement runs at frequency of 28,000 VpH and offer 42 hours of power reserve.
Cartier introduced the Tank Must and Tank Louis Cartier models from its cult Tank collection. Presented in three different references, Tank Must models be with black lacquered dials that create stylish sense of depth. Two of these models are in stainless steel cases with diameters of 22 mm and 25.5 mm, and the third reference is in 18-carat gold case. The watches with steel case are in Quartz, yet gold cases feature the caliber 1917 MC.
The Tank Louis Cartier comes in vinaceous and anthracite gray. The geometric patterned dials, which create three-dimensional effect with its light plays, stand out at first glance. The Roman numbers are a reminder of the typical Roman numbers that Cartier used its watches when its was established. Gold cases are in 25.5 X 33.7 mm measures. The timepieces house the caliber 1917 MC.
Pasha de Cartier
And here is the Pasha series, whose story we have mentioned at the beginning of the article. The Pasha is a diversified series in terms of complication and design. Among innovations, there are models with Moon phase, a new flying tourbillon and skeleton dials. In the Pasha De Cartier with Complication series, the Moon phase model comes in steel or rose gold case; the flying tourbillon is only in pink case. The skeleton dialed model is in a black ADLC steel case. All models are in 41 mm, dials feature Arabic numbers that a symbol of the Pasha series.
On the other hand, the Pasha de Cartier Grille models are designed in yellow gold and rose gold cases. The yellow gold cases are in 41 mm, and rose gold is available in 30 mm and 35 mm options. The grilled dials are decorated with diamonds and their bezels are also adorned with diamond. The timepieces in 30 mm comes as Quartz, whilst the mechanical caliber 1847 MC is used in the others.
Cartier Privé Tank Chinoise
A classic Cartier design, the Tank Chinoise celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To mark occasion, the brand introduced two new models from the Privé collection. Designed in a reminiscent of Chinese temples, these three watches in gold and silver cases and features the caliber 430 MC.
The other model, in which traditional Chinese architecture can be seen clearer, is the caliber 9627 MC. These models’ dials are much more colorful with their black, red and yellow detailed skeletons. Timepieces are in 18k yellow gold, rose gold and platinum cases.
Coussin de Cartier
Coussin de Cartier is one of the most diverse series that features 9 new models, and of course, it is the most embellished series with its plenty of diamonds. (It should be noted that it is not a lady’s series, despite of diamonds.) The Coussin de Cartier series mostly consists of square case watches decorated with a series of diamonds in a spiral shape. The most prominent model of the series is the one decorated with 165 diamonds in a 27 mm white or rose gold case. And the second one is decorated with a diameter of 30 mm.
Crash Tigrée Métamorphoses
The Crash Tigrée from the Cartiers Métiers d’Art collection stand outs with Catrier’s signature colors blue and green, blended with jewelry. Inspired by wildlife of Africa, Crash Tigrée can be considered as a tiger, crocodile, or mussel, depending on how to wearer wishes to see it. The yellow details of the watch are made of 18k yellow gold and the dial is also decorated with diamonds. It is limited to 50 pieces.