Unprecedented times call for unprecedented ways to release novelties for the year. With the present COVID-19 emergency shuttering exhibitions worldwide, Cartier and other Richemont Group manufacturers have announced their brand new watch models for 2020 online, rolling them out across websites and social networking platforms.
Legend has it that the Pasha watch that Cartier published from the 1980s was inspired with a water-resistant timepiece created for the Pasha of Marrakesh in 1933 — an avid swimmer and also a fan of all things luxurious, expensive, and trendy. Whether this was accurate or not remains a mystery, but what’s true is the sporty Cartier Pasha watches was a cult hit in the eighties thanks to its distinctive design. Cartier has revived the Pasha view collection for 2020, based largely on the initial 1980’s generation but with lots of enhancements to bring the watch into the 21st century.
Readily available in 41mm and 35mm, the new Pasha watches keep their round instances and touch screw-down crown cover tethered into the case with a small chain link. However, Cartier offers customers the chance to engrave the space under the crown cover with one’s initials. The original distinctive dial layout of the Pasha remains there, characterized with a square minute track within a round dial, coordinated by four notable Arabic numerals at the quarters. The 41mm Pasha (available in steel or yellow gold) carries a date window whereas the smaller 35mm (available in steel or pink gold) doesn’t. New for this creation of the Pasha is your functional Cartier-developed QuickSwitch system to allow easy bracelet and strap swaps. Each of the Cartier Pasha watches are now furnished with a sapphire caseback, offering an opinion of this in-house, antimagnetic 1847 MC automatic motion.
In 1904, Louis Cartier created among the first four-poster men’s wristwatches for the pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. In a age when guys still depended on pocket watches, a men’s wristwatch was a novel idea; nonetheless it was more practical for Santos-Dumont to glance at his wrist than dig into his pocket when running his flying contraptions. The Santos watch went on to become a mainstay in Cartier watches collection, spawning many different versions over the years and benefitting from a significant improvement in 2018. For 2020, Cartier expands the Santos-Dumont sub-collection with new models, including a small number of special-edition pieces. The newest Santos-Dumont XL models sport 46.6mm x 33.9mm marginally contoured cases, available in rose gold, stainless steel, and two-tone increased gold and stainless steel. The watches are topped with the usual square bezels with exposed screws and also home time-only dials which are classic Cartier — black Roman numerals, blue sword-shaped palms, and a railroad minute monitor framing the periphery.
Cartier also unveiled a series of limited-edition engraved Santos-Dumont pieces named after the aviator’s advanced flying machines. The first three are classified by Cartier as Substantial Models, including cases measuring 43.5mm x 31.4mm. The platinum”Le Brésil” Santos-Dumont (limited to 100 pieces) includes a silvered dial, a ruby on the crown, and a caseback engraving of Santos-Dumont’s first airship. The two-tone”n°14 bis” Santos-Dumont (restricted to 500 pieces) joins a steel case, yellow gold bezel, an anthracite gray dial, a grim spinel-set winding crown, along with an engraving on the caseback of this canard biplane that won the Aero-Club de France prize in 1906 by flying over 100m.
Named after the pilot accomplished aircraft, the Santos-Dumont”La Demoiselle” watch will be restricted to only 30 bits, and is presented in a lacquered wooden box with matching cufflinks. Additionally, it’s the largest of this group having an XL 46.6mm x 33.9mm cased made from solid platinum. Along with the ruby-set crown, the watch features a woven pattern detail on the dial along with Panama-weave strap (an extra alligator strap can also be supplied ) in honor of Santos-Dumont’s favorite Panama hat. These brand new Cartier Santos-Dumont watches operate on the in-house guide winding 430 MC motion, which offers users a 38-hour of electricity book. Fresh to the Cartier Privé collection, which can be famous for daring layouts and limited pieces, are fresh Tank Asymétrique models. The original Tank Asymétrique out of 1936 famously took the Tank watch’s rectangular case and tilted it by 30 degrees to make a diamond shape.
The 2020 Tank Asymétrique versions follow this layout, currently available in yellow gold with a champagne dial, pink gold with a grey dial, and platinum with a silver-colored dial — each metallic variation limited to 100 pieces. All these time-only watches are powered with the manual-winding in house 1917 MC motion and have cases that quantify 47.15mm x 26.2mm and come in at only 6.38mm thick. Cartier also included three Tank Asymétrique skeleton watches, offering a full perspective of this 9623 MC skeleton movement from the the dial and caseback side. The watch is available in pink silver, gold, or gem-set platinum, with each only limited to 100 pieces. The Santos, Pasha, and Tank have been important watch layouts for Cartier watches and these new releases, they continue to be an essential portion of the Maison’s timepiece lineup.