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Calibre de Cartier Watch
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Calibre de Cartier Watch

About the Design

If you were to describe the Calibre de Cartier watch in a word, it would be simply this: masculine. And that is precisely what the Cartier design team intended. With a robust 42mm case, thick rounded lugs and a simple dial that combines Roman numerals and baton indexes, the 5.3-ounce watch exudes a gentle masculine aesthetic. Launched in 2010, the Calibre de Cartier was the internationally acclaimed French jeweler’s bold statement — and a relatively affordable one — in the men’s sports market, although the watch remains true to Cartier’s design heritage through signature elements, such as sword-like hands and an inlaid blue cabochon in the winding crown.

Founded in 1847, Cartier is credited with popularizing one of the first true modern wristwatches. Louis Cartier (1875–1942), the grandson of the house’s founder Louis-François Cartier, developed a wearable watch in 1904 at the request of his friend the charismatic pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to tell the time mid-flight without pulling out his pocket watch. The resulting Santos watch was a commercial success, paving the way for other legendary Cartier watches like the Tonneau, the Tank Française and the Crash throughout the 20th century.

As Cartier entered the new millennium, it began producing a number of new models. Of these, the Calibre de Cartier is the company’s first watch to feature an automatic mechanical movement designed entirely in-house at Cartier’s production facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The 1904-PS MC mechanical movement is a technological marvel. Double barrels (rather than the standard single barrel) allow the watch to contain a 48-hour power reserve, meaning that the watch will display the accurate time off-wrist for two days. In addition, ceramic ball bearings offer the rotor protection from shock, and the rotor can be wound with movement from either direction, which is unusual for most automatic watches. For those who appreciate such details, the movement, in its intricate metallic beauty and blued screwheads, is visible through a sapphire crystal window on the back of the watch.

The original Calibre de Cartier was offered in assorted cases and dial colors with a leather band. Later, the timepiece became available with a bracelet and other variations on the original design, such as the Calibre de Cartier Chronograph and the waterproof Calibre de Cartier Dive. Although the Calibre de Cartier collection has apparently been discontinued, it remains popular on the secondhand market for a sporty design ethos that renders it ideal for daily wear.

Calibre De Cartier Watch

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Cartier Calibre Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Coral Gables, FL
Pre-Owned Cartier Calibre Stainless Steel 42mm Automatic Watch On Black Gator Strap With Silver Roman Dial & Deployant Buckle. Caseback Numbers 3389. Includes 1 Year Timekeeping Warr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Calibre Diver Automatic Silver Dial Stainless Steel Men's W7100015
By Cartier
Located in Aventura, FL
Cartier Calibre Diver Automatic 42 mm Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver opaline dial with luminous hands and Roman numeral hou...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Calibre Diver Steel Rose Gold Blue Dial Watch W2CA0008 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Calibre Diver Steel Rose Gold Blue Dial Watch W2CA0008 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel round case 42.0 mm in diameter. 18K rose gold crown set wi...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Rose Gold, Steel

Cartier Calibre De Cartier W7100016 Watch
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
This Stainless Steel 42mm Calibre De Cartier features a black dial with Roman numerals, a date display at 3 o'clock and a small seconds display at 6 o'clock. The stainless steel crow...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Calibre Silver Dial Chronograph Mens Watch W7100045 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Calibre Silver Dial Chronograph Mens Watch W7100045 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Round stainless steel case 42.0 mm in diameter. Crown cover with ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver

Cartier Calibre De Cartier 42mm Stainless Steel Black W7100037 3389 Box & Papers
By Cartier
Located in Tustin, CA
We are pleased to offer this Cartier Calibre De Cartier 42mm Stainless Steel Automatic Watch W7100037. This watch features a Cartier crocodile leather strap, 42mm stainless steel cas...
Category

2010s Swiss Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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