The Cartier Crash Skeleton

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Watch is popular for the story of its evolution. The first crash watch was introduced in 1957, in London. It’s design, inspired from a Cartier watch that was damaged in a car crash. Cartier Crash watches have been produced before in different styles, but the one launched this year is the most advanced of them all – the Cartier Crash Skeleton. The entire movement is redesigned and restructured, to be shown as ‘art in motion’, in the dial. Naturally, the shape of the watch caused a number of production complications. First, the case was very difficult to machine because of the unique curvature, compounded by the fact that it is platinum. Second, mineral crystals were used front and back, presumably because Cartier found it impossible or cost prohibitive to manufacture sapphire crystals with both vertical and horizontal curves. Lastly, the movement was of course extremely challenging to develop and manufacture because it had to fit within the uncommon shape of the asymmetrical case. The case is platinum, as is the crown, set with a blue sapphire cabochon . The main plate and bridges are in rhodium-plated German silver, with chamfered and polished edges. The hand wound movement beats at 4Hz and has a three day power reserve, thanks to twin barrels. The Cartier Crash Skeleton is paired with a gray alligator leather strap and white gold folding clasp. There will be 67 pieces made in platinum, and 67 in diamond-set platinum. The price tag is $82,500.

 

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

The Cartier Crash Skeleton Watch

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