Cartier originally released the “Drive de Cartier” watch collection several years ago in 2015 as a new “family” of timepieces within the Paris-based luxury brand’s larger umbrella of products. Like most of Replica Cartier’s watch collections the Drive comes in a range of models, including both this elegant two-hand “Extra-Flat” model and a Drive Tourbillon. As a watch collector, my interest tends to involve more complicated watches or designs, but I think most of us have a soft spot in our heart for elegant and attractive dress watches, which accurately describes this Drive Extra-Flat quite well.
Originally released only in 18k pink or white gold, Cartier Replica now offers the Drive Extra-Flat in steel (CRWSNM0011) as well as 18k yellow gold (CRWGNM0011) for 2018. This is great news to those who want the appeal of a Cartier dress watch, that doesn’t come in a standard round case, and that also doesn’t have the price premium associated with it. To put things in perspective, the steel version of the Drive Extra-Flat is approximately one third the cost of a gold-cased version. It also happens to look almost identical to the 18k white gold version of the Drive Extra-Flat that was released as a limited edition.
Aside from a precious metal case, the only other small detail “missing” in the steel version of the Drive Extra-Flat is the material of the blue cabochon in the crown. replica watches Cartier uses synthetic sapphire for the blue cabochon on the Drive models in gold, and the steel versions get a blue spinel cabochon. Again, for the cost savings I don’t think most consumers will mind and the Drive Extra-Flat in steel feels like a deal even though it of course comes with Cartier brand pricing that makes sure its products are decidedly “luxury” in their pricing strategies.
How flat is “extra-flat?” With its manually-wound mechanical movement the Drive Extra-Flat watch is just 6.6mm thick, 39mm wide, and has a 44mm lug-to-lug distance. That makes for a discreet, yet visible wrist wearing experience and is also comfortable thanks to the wrapping lugs. To put the size into perspective, the “standard” Drive De replica watches uk Cartier watch with the time, subsidiary seconds dial, date, and an also in-house made automatic movement is 11.25mm thick and 41mm wide. Both are comfortable and really wearable, but in my opinion the Drive currently works best in this slimmed down and minimalized two-hand “Extra-Flat” variant.
The cushion-style case puts the Drive among the many non-round case shapes that fake Cartier does well. The brand has always been among the few watchmakers able to successfully get away from the round-case paradigm that most watches fall into. Square, rectangular, and even “melted” (Cartier Crash) are all shapes which Cartier has not only attempted to render for its diverse range of watch models, but has also rendered very well. Cartier has and will continue to make use of the Drive case shape for watches both accessible and very high-end, but for now seems to be sticking to a roughly $16,000 and under price-point for Drive models. In general the brand has been seeking to appeal to younger and newer male luxury watch lovers by creating compelling and timeless looks which don’t resemble any of the competition. In addition to investing time into designing attractive and comfortable watch cases,fake watches Cartier clearly does an admirable job making their watch cases recognizable from a distance – which certainly adds to brand appeal because wearers are “recognized” for wearing a Cartier.
The shapely cushion case of the Drive flows into an elegant and simple dial that has just two hands for the hours and minutes. While I wouldn’t want to be without a seconds indicator hand all the time, I do appreciate the eye-pleasing simplicity of watch dials with just two hands.replica watches uk The dial is silver-colored with a light sunburst finishing and black printed Roman numeral hour markers. A nice detail is the double recessed row of lines in the middle of the dial, which mimic the case shape and that frame the minute marker track. This helps add a bit of depth as well as visual interest to the face which succeeds in making sure it doesn’t come across as boring. It might seem like a small detail, but it goes a long way in helping to make for a refined sense of design, which I personally always appreciate.
Cartier uses very nicely made blued steel sword-style hands which allow for excellent dial legibility. There are times when I feel that replica watches Cartier makes their hands a bit too thin (proportionally) for some of their dials, but here the hands feel very appropriately designed given the overall case and dial size. Over the dial is a very slightly domed AR-coated sapphire crystal and the Drive Extra-Flat case is water-resistant to 30m.
Even with its limited surface space replica watches uk Cartier imbues the Drive case with attractive finishing. The steel bezel and lugs are polished, along with the angled edge of the screw-secured caseback. The rear of the watch is given an excellent brushed finishing which Cartier always happens to pull off very well. Overall I feel that Cartier deserves a lot of credit for their watch case finishing practices – especially when you compare their products with some of the competition.
Inside the Drive Extra-Flat is the “manufacture caliber” Cartier caliber 430 MC. It is produced within the Richemont Group of companies for fake Cartier. As I mentioned above this movement is manually wound and offers just the hours and minutes. It operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with 38 hours of power reserve. The lack of complications to adjust means that wearing the watch is as simple as winding up the crown for several turns and then setting the time. Sure an automatic movement would have been nice, but I don’t think people need to spend an additional several thousand dollars for some exotic ultra-flat automatic movement when for the majority of users, a simple manually-wound movement in such an elegant dress-style watch is entirely acceptable (especially given the very thin case).
Additional appreciated details include the signature fake watches Cartier-style ardillon buckle on the matching blue-colored alligator strap. Blue is a popular color these days for watches and Cartier decided to have this strap match the blued-steel hands on the dial. If you wanted to swap out the strap for a black or even brown one, it would work just as well depending on what clothing items you wanted to match the timepiece with. Cartier does tend to manage a decent “fancy casual” look as well. Meaning if you wanted to wear the Drive Extra-Flat with a pair of jeans, you could probably get away with that as well. Having said that, I still think this watch probably looks best when paired with long sleeves.
With steel now joining 18k white, pink, and yellow gold for the “Drive de Cartier” Extra-Flat collection, I think watch lovers have a new non-round dress watch to think about. I think Cartier offers a solid value because even though there are lots of other dress watches available, at this price there aren’t too many from brands with the prestige of Cartier. Consider a Breguet, Blancpain, Piaget, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, or Patek Philippe dress watch price and then come back to this Cartier to see how they match up.replica watches You might be getting a more interesting movement in other options, but I think when it comes to a dress watch, it’s mostly about appearance and presentation (something Cartier typically succeeds in). Retail price for the Cartier Drive Extra-Flat steel reference CRWSNM0011 is $5,600 USD.