Here’s some food for thought: when was the last time a luxury watch offered by one of those big-big brands looked genuinely more costly than it actually was? Too bad it isn’t as great as it could be, somehow.
Is a little under $27k far too much, or can it be the bargain of the century for an extensively skeletonized, modern-sized Cartier men’s wristwatch in steel? When I look at the all-steel bracelet and case that is of identical refinement at the 6,900″routine” Santos that was also introduced at SIHH 2018 and also this piece — and a host of other permutations to the Santos that we coated hands-on here — I believe near-27 big ones is quite a stretch.
So what’s with this new slice? It needs to be stated that this sort of watch is not something you see everyday in manufacturers of Cartier-magnitude — when they do appear, they do this using a high-five-figure price tag plus a non double-digit limited edition run. Cartier womens’ bracelet replica watches apparently realized its in-house potential in regards to producing bridges and plates and went berserk with one of its recognized hand-wound calibers. Cartier didn’t state this but then again they did not have to, since I had the gut instinct that this by every opportunity will not be an all-new motion but rather, a hollowed-out spin on a few of its existing calibers — one of many smart moves to keep prices and the final price down.
Therefore, I discovered the 9611 MC Cartier caliber in the steel Cartier Santos De Cartier women’s initiative awards replica watches Skeleton to be predicated on the 96xx MC household of moves (I had no idea what this caliber has been called before just now, but the layout of these bridges and skeletonization was telling me that this must really be based on something pre-existing). Only look at the 9602 MC and you’ll realize the very same design of keyless works, equipment train, jewels, screws, etc — although that particular motion has a huge date feature fitted onto its dial facet, the caseback appears indistinguishable.
The curved front crystal does not provide the best viewing experience. I found it distorts or just simply isn’t sharp when viewed from some angles — rather than because of its curved shape, but instead its overall quality which doesn’t provide as crisp a view as some other watches like, for example, Grand Seikos do. Having shot over 70,000 watch images with the same camera and lens installation (and many thousands more on a preceding camera) I can now let when I screw something up in my photography and once it’s the crystal that just isn’t as great as it might be.
The concluding gets better the closer you are getting. That is because the very first impression from afar is that of a machined look, together with the extensive brushed surfaces along with the industrial ambiance enforced by the gray wheels and springs and gears that peek back at you from inside. The anglage however is nicely done, even if that also has an unmistakably machined look. If those are done by hand, then Cartier repair fake watch has to take my apologies — and perhaps encourage us to visit the manufacture and find out how these are done over there… Because if I follow the shiny lines along the edges of the plates exactly what I see will be a CNC machine running together — and not a craftsman sitting there with a tiny tool hand-polishing these edges. It needs to be stated though, that on quite luxurious pieces from some very high-end brands (large or otherwise), anglage is pre-done by the extremely capable CNC machines that are becoming more and more omnipresent in the sector — and the advantages are only to be touched up and glistening. On ultra-high-end stuff is where you can anticipate sharp internal corners where the 2 borders come in to a stage, unlike the round, CNC’ed corners which are observable on so many watches — such as this one.
Two quite interesting particulars about how the Cartier Santos santos diamond replica watch De Cartier Skeleton is decorated include the way the brushed surfaces — along with the whole dial facet, for that matter — reflect the colour of ambient lighting. This is phenomenon isn’t a new one, naturally, but to the extent to which it is evident this is well worth mentioning; as you’ll see for yourself at the two images above. 1 piece that actually stood out for me as unwelcome, and I guess I am splitting hairs here, is the very small camera involving the 5 and 4 o’clock indices — to the side of the dial on the picture above. I understand it’s challenging to make such tiny and fragile pieces look great, but here it really contrasts strongly against the impressive volume of those cut-out indices and plates.
The new-for-2018 Santos line-up impressed us with its high quality case with neat ending and plenty of creative and fascinating details — like the integration of the bezel to the case, the neatly curved and polished border along the case profile, along with the new QuickSwitch along with SmartLink system which permits tool-free strap shifting and bracelet adjustment (more details here).
All in all, this truly is a somewhat bold way of dressing up the Santos — among the strongest Cartier mens diamond clone collections today, as far as I’m concerned. The case is of the”Large” kind — Cartier’s affair with clothing-inspired size definitions I hope to grow to accept someday. “Big” in this instance means a 39.8mm broad and 9.08mm thick case — lug-to-lug it’s definitely above 50mm though, making for what is really a substantial, or should I say”Big” footprint. The hands stay petite — a Cartier trait I wish was something of the past — especially on watches which have”Large” in their title. The 9611 MC quality has an impressive 70-hour power book, so I guess it ought to have the power to carry larger hands too. I have for long been a lover of how Cartier incorporates tiny Cartier text to the fine print of its own Roman numerals — perhaps the logo would’ve been better placed over the 7 or 8 o’clock index, but I am nitpicking again.
It is a brute of a watch in terms of size, first impressions, and total layout — but the filigree skeletonized appearance, I think, could have been a far better fit with 2018’s brand new and most welcome additions of smaller Santos models.
But I think the overall direction that we’re seeing here is good and the Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton is a step in the ideal direction. It brings the stupid-expensive appearance to the very-expensive cost segment — because yes, the latter is somehow below the former in my book. The method by which the movement was created in the get-go and then excessively skeletonized indicates a lot of effort, but the creative section needs to, at least in my opinion, have been somewhat more courageous with their selection of sizes, materials, and colours. Though, I suppose more versions will be to come soon enough. I am only hoping for less brutality and more lessons out of a minumum of one of those.