By TLex Here's a preview of the new Calibre de Cartier Diver from Cartier, due for its official release at SIHH 2014. Although the watch has Cartier's unmistakable character it takes itself pretty seriously as a diver, and so complies with ISO 6425 for a divers watch.
Divers features include: a DLC coated 120-click type unidirectional rotational divers bezel with a luminous dive-time scale, a faceted screwdown crown set with Cartier's signature blue spinel and a water-resistant to 300 meters or 1000 feet.
The main watch case, which is in Stainless steel measures 42mm in diameter with a thickness of just 11mm, not bad considering its water-resistance. The case is fitted with a separate crown guard attached as the lugs are with flat head screws.
The dial has been designed for excellent legibility in the dark and as such has been generously applied with Swiss SuperLuminova on its sword hands and Roman numeral hour markers. There's a large date aperture at 3 o'clock and a sub-dial at 6.
The watch is powered by a Cartier in-house automatic 1904-PS MC caliber with 27 jewels and a power reserve of 48 hours.
It comes on either a black rubber divers strap or with a steel bracelet. A rose gold version is also available. Prices start from 5500euro for the steel version with a rubber strap.
It's pleasing to see any Manufacture producing a high-end diver with an in-house caliber. This one ticks all the boxes for divers features, but Cartier don't have any diving heritage so the watch stirs very little emotion in me. My 5500euro could do way better for me than this. good effort though! ;)