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Cheap Replica Cartier Rotonde Chronograph Watches Review

Cartier has a few lovely chronographs in their current watch collection (very few, actually), but the company isn’t exactly known for being a producer of too many chronograph timepieces. Think of the classic Tank or Santos, or other case shapes that help define the classic French-based (Swiss Made) luxury firm whose products are so often part of an elegant lifestyle. Actually, if you think of most classic Cartier timepieces, they only indicate the time. With that said, recently, chronograph models have begun to find their way into more cheap replica Cartier timepieces such as this newer Cartier Rotonde Chronograph – and they even include an in-house made Cartier mechanical chronograph movement.

That movement is the Cartier calibre 1904-CH MC automatic chronograph which, I believe, debuted in 2013 when Cartier launched the Calibre Chronograph (hands-on here). A pretty workhorse, the 1904-CH MC is a refreshingly modern chronograph movement designed for functionality and practicality – with an attractive level of decoration, even though it is a “mass-produced” movement. I like that the movement is visible through a sapphire crystal window on the rear of the case.

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The 1904-CH MC is built from 269 parts and 5.72mm thick. Operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph), the movement has 48 hours of power reserve between two barrels and, of course, features automatic winding. The chronograph has a column wheel and measures up to 12 hours. This is something that makes the layout of the 1904-CH MC movement a bit unique – that even though it is a bi-compax chronograph with just two subdials it nevertheless measures up to 12 hours. Often, chronographs with just two subdials use one for the running seconds and another for the chronograph minutes (often up to 30 only). Here, however, luxury fake Cartier watches decided to remove the running seconds hand altogether and instead offer a 12-hour chronograph. I appreciate this decision because it adds a world more of utility to the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph, and if you really want to measure seconds, all you need to do is activate the chronograph.

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Also on the dial is a window for the day at 6 o’clock. I really appreciate how they kept everything nice and symmetrical on the dial of the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph. Cartier is usually quite on top of symmetry (even though some of their most interesting watches today do not have symmetrical dials) when they want to be, and the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph certainly benefits as a result. More so, aside from the Ballon Bleu Chronograph watches, the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph is currently Cartier’s most eligible “dressy chronograph,” and frankly, I find it to be one of the most appealing choices out there – with regard to the best replica Cartier Rotonde Chronograph in the steel case.

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Dressy chronograph watches are on the rarer side because chronographs are often associated with sports themes. It is true that some historically sport chronograph watches have transitioned into being more formal by today’s standards, but dress chronographs aren’t, per se, rare, but certainly much less common than sport chronograph watches.

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The Rotonde case serves as a great platform for a Cartier dress chronograph watch. At 40mm wide in this iteration, the case is 12.15mm thick and, here, in steel (water resistant to 30 meters). Note that Cartier also offers the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph in 18k rose gold as well as a limited edition 18k white gold version (with a cool blue and silver “panda dial”). While the precious metal versions are lovely, they are more than double the price of the steel version, so the value proposition drops off quite a bit, given the premium for gold.

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Cartier’s Rotonde case design is very clever, being a moderate size but not feeling small due to the case and lug thickness. The lugs gracefully curve, and the entire case tapers up a bit from the base to the bezel. It is subtle enough to appear very traditional, but the proportions and details on the Cartier Rotonde are impressive, in my opinion. Cartier further opts for vintage-style rectangular chronograph pushers, and you of course have a distinctive Cartier crown with a beaded edge and a blue spinel cabochon. Cartier also uses blue sapphire crystal for some cabochons but the spinel looks very similar. Since both stones in this instances are synthetic, I am not sure if it is a cost issue moving over to spinel or just something about ease of production.

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Suffice it to say that I rather like not only the Rotonde case but how the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph version of it is rendered. The steel version of the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph has a lightly textured silvered dial with black Roman numeral hour markers as well blue steel pomme-style hour and minute hands. The result is a very classic, very Cartier dial. It also seems that compared to some older Cartier models, the logo is getting larger on the face – but its possible that this has been around for a while and I am just noticing it now.

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Even though there is no luminant on the dial, the high contrast between the face and the hands offer a welcome degree of legibility. The thick, applied chapter ring around the dial periphery adds an additional layer of depth which means that the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph dial does not appear flat – something which can often be an issue with such classic-looking watch dials. I also don’t get why on a watch like the luxury replica Cartier Rotonde Chronograph, all the hands are the right length, whereas on some other Cartier models, the hands can be too short.

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Attached to the case is a black alligator strap and Cartier’s standard deployant clasp which allows you to precisely size the strap, but at the expense of some convenience, given that it is a pain to do, but solid once you’ve carefully sized the strap from both ends.

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As a comfortable and attractive dress watch with a bit more visual interest (and functionality) than a time only model, the Cartier Rotonde Chronograph is a very capable everyday wear or office timepiece. It’s good for conservative types as well as those who often like more original designs but sometimes just want a really nicely refined classic. In steel, the reference CRWSRO0002 Cartier Rotonde Chronograph is $9,050. Ref. W1556238 in 18k rose gold is $23,700, and ref. W1556239 in 18k white gold (limited to 300 pieces) is $25,400.

To Celebrate Valentine’s Day, Elegant Replica Clé De Cartier WJCL0032 Watches For Sale

Valentine’s Day has only four days away. Have you prepared presents for your lovers? Whether you have or have not, I’d like to share you superb watches copy Clé De Cartier WJCL0032. Because the watches have key-shaped winding crowns, they got the name of “Clé De Cartier”.

The fake Cartier watches for females have 18k rose gold cases and bezels, key-shaped 18k rose gold crowns set with blue sapphires, transparent sapphire backs, silvery dials with sunshine patterns and bright aubergine alligator leather straps, which are durable and comfortable and can guarantee water resistance to 100 feet.

Besides, on the dials of the 35 mm replica watches, there are 10 diamonds, large black Roman numerals XII, clear black scales, small date windows at 6 o’clock and blue sword-shaped hands. The dials are open and shut, so the time are easy to read.

For my part, the fancy copy watches are well designed. They have mellow and full lines, simple but superb designs. With high techniques, Cartier made the watches with noble and simple styles and harmonious and consolidated beauty, which must enhance the charm of the ladies. So, if you have not prepared valentines yet, send the watches to her in the coming important day.

Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Replica Watches For Sale

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Here at us tend to focus on the simpler end of Cartier’s offerings, classic beauties like the Tank or the Drive Extra Flat. But there’s another side to the famous jewellery maison’s watch offerings that’s, well, exceptionally complex. The Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon is one such watch. If you didn’t glean that fact from the impressively wordy model name, take one look at this skeletonised, 45mm monster and you’ll immediately realise that we’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill Tank.

No, this watch, or – more accurately – the Calibre 9407MC inside, is one of the most confident expressions of Cartier’s horological ability we’ve seen in some time, with 448 individual parts, finished to a level sufficient to earn it the Geneva Seal, and a particularly demanding package of complications. The most visible is the ‘mysterious’ double tourbillon, which sees the whirring 60-second tourbillon rotate around the transparent sapphire aperture every five minutes. On its own this mysterious display, something of a trademark for the brand, would be impressive enough, but Cartier is determined to impress your ears as well as your eyes, as they’ve also managed to fit a minute repeater into a movement that’s 39.3mm wide and 4.7mm thick (without the tourbillon). The resonance of the repeater complication is amplified, thanks to the titanium case, and Cartier has chosen a button at five to activate it, rather than the more traditional slide. There’s also three-and-a-half days of power reserve.

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All in a small box

For me though, the real feat of this watch is how Cartier replica watches have managed to cram so much into a comparatively small case, especially given the negative space occupied by the mysterious tourbillon. It’s also quite a modern look for the brand, with the titanium case, suede-like alligator strap and black rhodium-finished movement components. High horology, Cartier style.

Replica Cartier’s Glamour Girls

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then the legendary House of Cartier is the matchmaker that just keeps on giving.

One of the long-held rubrics of jewellery, and indeed watches, is that it needs to be worn. Only when freed from the safe and on the body do these works truly come to life, infused with the spirit of both wearer and maker. Such an inspired awakening is something the House of cheap replica Cartier knows intimately well: its creations have been worn by some of the most rakish, era-defining women of their day: take for example Wallis Simpson who, after King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to wed her, became Time Magazine’s first female “Man” of the Year in 1936. Such über-modern muses – feminine, fiercely independent but also mysterious – have inspired Cartier’s boldest pieces, both past and into the present.

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From the beginning, Cartier has been there to supply the glamour girls of their time. Among its earliest patrons was Napoleon I’s niece Princess Mathilde – hostess extraordinaire and dubbed “Notre Dame des Arts” – who followed her first order in 1856 with some 200 more. By the turn of the century, fake Cartier had a royal roster the envy of any court purveyor. The sovereigns of Spain and Portugal granted it warrants in 1904, followed by Russia, Siam and Greece; the list goes on as do the names: Elisabeth of Belgium, Queen Elizabeth II, even the American Vanderbilts commissioned many hair ornaments. Unsurprisingly, tiaras were Cartier’s crowning forte then – a symbol of power and marriage that it still pays homage to today: In 2014, it created a fantastic watch-brooch-tiara for its Les Heures Fabuleuses line of secret watches.

But it was the glamorous inter-war years when Cartier – together with key women – would really come into its own. Sweeping social change saw the rise of a new aristocracy that was centred around a coterie of socialites, celebrities and film stars. Taste and elegance alone didn’t grant one entry into their club; one needed bold self-expression and non-conformism, too. As before, those inhabiting this influential “café society” set were enthusiastic Cartier patrons, but unlike in the past, the maison – with its eye for style and innovation was now an active participant.

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One can just picture the alluring Jeanne Toussaint, Cartier’s head of fine jewellery from 1933 and who years before had already been nicknamed “La Panthère”, dining out alongside her aspirational, demanding clientele – women such as Woolworth heiress and so-called “poor little rich girl” Barbara Hutton or the powerful fashion editor Diana Vreeland – as they sparred over fashion and art, ultimately bringing Toussaint’s visions to life.

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Another insider was Daisy Fellowes, society beauty and Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief who, in 1936, commissioned one of the most remarkable gems in Cartier’s history. The Hindu necklace echoed both Fellowes and Cartier’s spirit of adventure, with a starburst of colour from 13 briolette-cut sapphires, emeralds, engraved cabochon rubies and sapphire and emerald beads. Later baptised Tutti Frutti, its form was the kaleidoscopic apogee of a motif the maison had also experimented with in watches – such as a 1930 platinum wristwatch with its bezel and lugs set in baguette-cut diamonds and paired with a multi-coloured gem-encrusted bracelet.

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And the Tutti Frutti theme continues to grace its high jewellery timepiece collections today, such as the magnificent one-off Agrafe visible hour, with a manual-winding calibre 101 and barely there dial tucked below a splendid engraved 41.2ct emerald; or the ultra-chic Toi & Moi visible hour, manual-winding bracelet watch, its elegant dial paired head-on with a sumptuous hexagonal-shaped, engraved 22.87ct ruby.

Fellowes was frequently found at the lavish parties held at Villa Trianon, the Versailles home of American interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, which she had decked out in leopard velvets and zebra skins. A passionate copy Cartier patron who aged 70 the Parisian couturiers named the world’s best-dressed woman, the eccentric de Wolfe famously pinned Cartier’s baguette-cut diamond Temple d’Amour brooches to her hat. The look inspired a line of slender baguette watches, which hold pride of place in Cartier’s archives, such as a braided leather strap number with platinum loops that was given by Count Marzotto to the pioneering Italian aviator Italo Balbo.

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Also cavorting at de Wolfe’s soirees was the fabulously rich Barbara Hutton, who alongside a penchant for draping herself in Cartier gems – the standout ones of which featured historic stones including the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s emeralds – was also a fan of its Tank watch. She regularly spoiled not only herself with the legendary rectangular-shaped watch, but loved ones too – no doubt some if not all of whom were her seven husbands, Cary Grant among them.

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The sleek Tank debuted in 1917, with hints of the chic industrial design that Cartier was also simultaneously exploring. Boldly geometric, they caught the eye of the androgynous and sexually liberated Marlene Dietrich; the smoky voiced actress and singer was fond of wearing a striking red-gold watch with a concealed, sliding square-dialled lid that also doubled as a clip.

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As the Second World War came to a close, it was figurative animals that roared into the zeitgeist. If the panther was already synonymous with the brand – as early as 1919 Cartier had introduced a cocktail watch featuring the feline’s piebald motif – it was Wallis Simpson who came to be officially linked with the untamed cat. In 1948 and 1949, Toussaint penned several brooches for the Duchess of Windsor, the most bodacious of which featured a sapphire-spotted feline resting on a 152.35ct Kashmir sapphire cabochon. Nearly seven decades on and the symbol is still interpreted year on year; 2016’s most notable piece was the narrative-like Panthères et Colibri, featuring an on-demand power reserve and specially produced calibre 9915MC that powers a cub dashing from her mother’s embrace to chase a hummingbird on the dial.

But it is flamboyant Mexican actress María Félix who can lay claim for the wildest of orders. Legend has it that she entered Cartier’s Rue de la Paix boutique with two pet baby crocodiles that she asked to be replicated for a gem – the result of which was the fully articulated, entwined double crocodile necklace set with more than 2,000 yellow diamonds and emeralds. Excess was a lifestyle for “La Doña”, as she was known following her third film Doña Bárbara, and Cartier paid homage to her audacity with the trapezoid-shaped La Dona de Cartier.

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Also to her name is a fabulous 1968 snake necklace with nearly 2,500 diamonds, complete with a green, red and black enamel underbelly. And the snake is another theme that always throws up surprises. Cartier’s Hypnose watch collection, for example, is a poetic take on the spiralling vortex of time, while this year’s vibrant Serpent d’eau Mystérieux high-jewellery watch was more straightforward but no less seductive: the snake, fashioned from faceted aquamarines and chrysoprases, slithered round a transparent, mystery dial.

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Couples and their love story are also entwined in Cartier’s own tale, and who can beat Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? Two marriages and nine films, they even had their own gem: the 69.42ct Cartier-Burton-Taylor solitaire diamond that came with a five-bodyguard entourage when Taylor wore it in 1969 to Princess Grace’s 40th birthday bash in Monte Carlo. The creation was just one of many eye-watering gifts exchanged between the tempestuous couple, which also included several Tank watches for Burton.

And speaking of the Tank: if the bedazzling women of the art deco period embraced sexual liberation and unconventionality, the 1970s, too, had a similar air of freedom – though of a more insouciant, casual-chic kind. No wonder that the Tank watch – fusing modern and classic, formal yet off-the-cuff, male and female – appealed to the leading ladies of the decade.

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Charlotte Rampling sported hers at the Cannes Film Festival paired with loose-fitting jeans – that other 1970s fashion icon and gender equaliser (blue jeans previously being the domain of men). Meanwhile, over on the American Riviera, the Hamptons habitué Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis faithfully wore a satin-finish, yellow gold version (JFK, as it happens, was also a Tank fan). And in 1977, another Jacqueline (Bisset) was photographed in Studio 54 donning a Tank Allongée as her chief, if not only, accessory. Pictured in the throes of a dance-off with her white-suited partner – Franco-American nightclub owner Victor Drai. Bisset falls within that league of a modern replica Cartier cheap muse who, like the many women before her and those to come, always steals the show.

Elegant Fake Rotonde De Cartier W1556240 Watches Enhance The Charm Of The Men

Hello, everyone! Nice to see you again here in the Monday morning! In today’s post, I will share you excellent watches copy Rotonde De Cartier W1556240.

The 42 mm replica Cartier watches are designed for men. They have 18k rose gold cases and bezels, screw-down 18k rose gold crowns matched with blue sapphires, screw-in 18k rose gold backs and brown leather straps, which are durable and comfortable and can guarantee water resistance to 30 m. (And I feel the 18k rose gold cases and bezels are matched with the brown leather straps.)

Besides, the exquisite fake watches have silver-plated dials. On the dials, there are large black Roman numerals, clear black scales, day and night displays at half of three o’clock, 60-minute chronography sub-dials at 6 o’clock matched with blue hands, inverse dual time zone displays at 10 o’clock matched with blue hands, double date windows at 12 o’clock and remarkable blue hands. (I think all the blue hands are matched with the blue sapphires on the bezels.)

All in all, the luxury copy watches are well designed and fully functional. With the fine watches, men can not only have better controls of time, but also be more charming.

Hands On With the Luxury Replica Cartier High Jewellery Koinobori Secret Watch in Asia

The Cartier High Jewelry Koinobori Secret watch is a unique creation from the celebrated French maison. Launched in Hong Kong last year at Watches & Wonders, the region’s premier watch event, this one-of-a-kind bracelet holds a beautiful secret: a hidden watch dial.

 

For this latest piece, Cheap replica Cartier watches for sale found inspiration in traditional Japanese culture. An allegory of the passing of time, an ocean wave inspired the brand to create the high jewellery Koinoboru secret watch, where the balletic journey of carps is depicted, as in a traditional Japanese painting. Koinobori, literally means “carp streamer” in Japanese. The carp-shaped wind socks are flown as a tradition in Japan to celebrate the Tango no sekku festival.

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The fake Cartier watches 18-carat white-gold cuff is formed using sixteen oval-cut rubies from Mozambique, each nearly one carat, totalling 16.66 carats. The rubies gleam brightly amongst the sparkling tide of diamonds on the bracelet.

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A striking feat of design, Cartier’s master craftsmen spent around one thousand hours in the creation of the piece. The Koinobori Secret watch evokes the continuous and regular movement of a river.

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A small hidden clasp, when pressed, reveals the watch dial. The watch sits comfortably and elegantly on the wrist and feels wonderfully sophisticated.Replica Cartier watches for sale online.

New Cartier Crash Series Lady’s Limited Edition Diamonds Dial Replica Watches

The shaped watch (anything that isn’t round) is a Cartier innovation that is as much a part of its creative heritage as the panther motif, or for that matter, the wristwatch itself – the first wristwatch on record, the Cartier Santos, was square. In 2015, the brand began to revisit its shaped watches, starting with a platinum skeletonized version of the Crash watch, followed a year later with a pink gold version. Last year, it resurrected the square-shaped Panther – which had been discontinued in the early 2000s – introducing a full collection with a new movement and a slightly revamped bracelet. In January at SIHH, Cartier revisits the Crash again with a new model, and introduces four new pieces in the Baignoire series of mostly oval cases. The new models are all part of the Libre collection. All but the new Crash contain quartz movements.

The Cartier replica Crash watches were introduced in 1967, inspired by the remnants of a client’s Baignoire Allongé watch that had been mangled in a fiery car crash. The watch was an interpretation of the surrealist art popular at the time. It was revisited in the early 1990s and again in 2013 as a ladies’ collection. In 2015, it was given haute horlogerie status as the Crash Skeleton, with an openworked manufacture movement designed to fit the distorted case shape. The new Crash Radieuse takes the Crash to the next level, with a seemingly crumpled case and dial, with barely-visible stretched Roman numerals. The case is yellow gold and it contains the manually-wound caliber 8970 MC. It is a numbered limited edition of 50 pieces.

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The Baignoire Débordante is designed as a starburst, with openworked white gold spikes emanating from the center of the oval dial. The stems are set front and back with diamonds and black spinels, with the spinels focused at the top and bottom ends. The watch, a limited edition of 50 pieces, contains a quartz movement.

The Baignoire Infinie is a four-layer composition of concentric rings radiating out from the center dial. The rings are set randomly with baguette diamonds, white mother-of-pearl, black Tahitian mother-of-pearl, and black spinel. The circle appears to be cut off at the sides. The movement is quartz and it is limited to 20 pieces.

The Cartier fake Baignoire Étoilée is a jeweled watch with a delicate bracelet composed of small round and square-cut gems randomly set in an openworked link structure. The upended square shape of the gems is repeated as a pattern on the dial of the east-west oval case, which is set with a double of row of white diamonds on top and a double row of black spinels below. The 18k white gold bracelet is set with diamonds and black spinels. The movement is quartz and it is limited to 15 pieces.

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The Baignoire Étoilée is a jeweled copy Cartier watch with a delicate bracelet composed of small round and square-cut gems randomly set in an openworked link structure. The upended square shape of the gems is repeated as a pattern on the dial of the east-west oval case, which is set with a double of row of white diamonds on top and a double row of black spinels below. The 18k white gold bracelet is set with diamonds and black spinels. The movement is quartz and it is limited to 15 pieces.

24 Gift Ideas: Replica Watches Cartier Clé de Cartier

This month,replica Cartier watches will feature 24 gift ideas leading up to this year’s winter holidays. Inspired by the watchmaking industry, these gifts will be dedicated to collectors of all things hand-crafted. Join us every morning on Haute Time to discover a new idea for that special someone this winter.

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Cartier created a major surprise at SIHH 2015, when it unveiled the Clé De Cartier, a brand new collection featuring a new shape and movement. And the French Maison didn’t play it safe with its tunrkey watch either. Cartier developed, produced and assembled a brand new movement for the cheap replica Clé De Cartier. Its name — 1847 MC — pays homage to the year of the Maison’s Creation (MC) by Louis-François Cartier. Featuring an automatic mechanism with dual-direction winding, the robust Caliber 1847MC boasts a 42-hour power reserve. The Clé De Cartier collection comes in various sizes with 22 models available for men and women, including this cheap fake Cartier watches 35mm timepiece presented in pink gold, priced at $41,300. It also welcomes a much, much more expensive white gold flying tourbillon with diamonds, priced at $158,000. Made for men and women, this 35mm timepiece houses caliber 9452 MC, a manufacture movement with Geneva Seal and a power reserve of 50 hours.

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The origin of Cartier’s most bizarre watch ever dates back to 1967. There are a couple of frightening, unconfirmed stories about the way the watch came to life, both of which took place in London. One is about a lady who brought her Baignoire watch in for repair, since it had been involved in a traffic accident where it got badly damaged. Another story is about a Cartier London manager, who was involved in a car accident that resulted in a fire. His watch – a large, curved Maxi Oval – melted from the heat exposure. The melted timepiece inspired Jean-Jacques Cartier, then head of Cartier London, to create a watch that was inevitably christened  the “Crash”.

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Which of these stories, if either, is the correct one, we don’t know, but the latter sounds the more plausible, since the Maxi Oval, with its sharp case top – similar to the Crash – could easily be melted to the distorted shape of the Cartier replica Crash watches. It is sometimes believed that the design of the watch was inspired by a painting of Salvador Dalí’s, but there is absolutely no evidence of that at all. On the contrary, it was Piaget that started work on a project with Salvador Dalí in 1967 that lasted almost till 1970.

Cartier London launched the timepiece as a men’s watch, in yellow-gold and white-gold (just three in white-gold, though) cases that measured 43mm by 23mm, and produced the watch in very limited numbers. Before Cartier Paris took over the production of the Crash (after the manufacturing of watches became centralised), two designers of Cartier London left the company and started their own brand, Churchill Watches.

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The company was not that successful and did not survive long either. But their first release was interesting – Churchill Crash  Cartier fake watches. Released in a 52mm-long white- or yellow-gold case and powered by an ETA calibre, the watch was sold in the UK and USA. While the watch is often the subject of discussion, it was never sought after by collectors, nor did it ever fetch a decent price at auctions. It is still the Cartier London Crash watch that sets auctions  on fire, when, once in several years, a piece – preferably in white-gold with the magical word “London” on the dial – emerges and  is auctioned off.

Replica Watches Cartier Ronde Croisiere Watch Review

Cartier’s newest sports watch for 2015 is the Ronde Croisiere collection, and in many ways, it is an unexpected but not surprising move from the brand. Cartier is the most important brand within the larger Richemont Group of luxury companies, easily out-earning its colleague watch making family members such as Piaget, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and more. That means Cartier has a lot of responsibility to not only pick up on, but also react to market trends and demands. The Cartier Ronde Croisiere, when looked at from various perspectives, can very much be seen as Cartier’s answer to what some collector’s have voiced interest in, as well as what the consumer watch market seems to demand.

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So what are those cries that Cartier is responding to? Well, for one thing, people are really into relatively simple and classic looking sports watches. Second, people have been complaining (and in many instances, very rightly so) that luxury watch prices are simply too high for what they are getting. Thus, the cheap replica Cartier Ronde Croisiere is not only a retro-inspired casual sports watch, but is also a model – with an in-house movement – that comes with a starting price of well below $5,000.

Overall, I like the Cartier Ronde Crosiere collection a lot in both styling and concept. It is a comfortable and attractive watch that serves a lot of stylistic utility. However, there are some very odd design choices and instances where you feel Cartier is specifically trying to defend the more extensive detailing in their higher-priced watch offerings.

I’ll begin with my biggest complaint about the Cartier Ronde Croisiere watch, which are the hands. People who know me are familiar with my pickiness over hands, but in this situation, I promise you that I am not being overly sensitive. As you can see, Cartier opted to go with skeletonized hands for the hours, minutes, and even a bit with the seconds hand. It is as though they chose the proper hands for the Cartier Ronde Croisiere dial, and then rather than include the expected luminant material, simply decided to skeletonize them. Even the round tip at the end of the seconds hand is skeletonized.

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I find this design choice abundantly puzzling. For years now, I’ve seen an odd fascination with watch makers skeletonizing hands in situations where it makes no sense. Skeletonized hands can look cool and also serve to let the watch wearer more easily see subdials or other information on the dial that hands might otherwise obstruct. On a time-only dial (with or without the date), there is no functional purpose to skeletonized hands.

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Speaking candidly with various watch designers over the years, I’ve inquired about this odd trend and have only determined two possible reasons. One reason is that most watches these days are designed in computer software where lighting can be manipulated as well as deceptive. What looks nice and legible in a computer drawing does not represent how something will look like in real life because of how various colors, materials, and finishes react to light. So that is one reason that you see many skeletonized hands on modern watches.

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Another reason is simply “design.” Totally counter to the logic most watch lovers have, some designers feel that “hands are simply too bold and take over a dial.” Well, that is sort of the point isn’t it? Designers seem to be skeletonizing hands to reduce their visual “weight” in order to (in their mind) make a watch dial appear more aesthetically harmonious. Of course, to anyone who appreciates watches for actually reading the time at a glance, this notion seems… well, just really misguided.

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At launch, there are three versions of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere and, while they are all attractive in the abstract, only one I can universally suggest as something to buy. That would be the silver dial model with the black hands. This is the only version where you have enough contrast between the dial and the hands for the watch to be legible in most situations. The gray dial is a close second, but not as good as the silver dial. On this model, replica Cartier was good enough to satin-finish the hands so that they provide more contrast with the shiny gray dial. Again, it is not as legible as the silver dial, but it is manageable. However, the most interesting model with the gray dial and pink gold-toned accents is almost totally illegible in many lighting situations. I can get creative with the photography and show the dial in its most flattering light (literally), but it would be misleading to suggest this as a sport watch that can be relied upon to easily tell the time at a glance. That is really a shame because I quite like that model.

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In fact, when seeing these watches on my wrist, one of the first things I thought was “this is such a cool concept, and I want to adore these timepieces. I wonder if you could simply replace the hands with something better – filled with lume?” There are watch modifiers who could probably do this, and perhaps Cartier will change the Cartier Ronde Croisiere hands in the future. I don’t know, but my advice to them is that this would be a much better watch with hands that can be read on all dials.

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OK, so now I’ve gotten that major complaint out of the way. I don’t like complaining (well, actually, I do, I just don’t like being overly negative without being constructive), but I can now proceed to talk about many of the very real positives about the Cartier Ronde Croisiere collection. In French, croisiere means “cruise,” and I think in this context, it refers to the fact that this timepiece is not just a sports watch, but a “casual” sports watch. Looking closer, you can see that what luxury replica Cartier did was to combine design elements of 1950s and 1960s era dive watches with their own product DNA in regard to having a dial made up of revolving Roman numeral hour markers. The combination actually works, and the wrist appeal for such a design is very high.

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Of course, the Cartier Ronde Croisiere isn’t a dive watch. Cartier already has one of those with the Calibre Diver (aBlogtoWatch review here), which is currently my favorite sport watch in the brand’s product lineup. But the Cartier Ronde Croisiere isn’t a dress watch either. I would call it an elegant causal sport watch. To that end, the case is water resistant to 100 meters, and it comes on a nice black calfskin leather strap that has the visual look of canvas.

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The Cartier Ronde Croisiere case is rather thin, at just 9.7mm thick and 42mm wide. The steel case has shorter lugs and is totally polished, making for a vintage-style look. The thin profile on the wrist makes it very comfortable, and the stubby lugs makes the 42mm wide size comfortable on most all wrists. I quite like the size and wrist presence of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere a lot – which is certainly a highlight of the piece.

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The Cartier Ronde Croisiere is designed with a bezel that looks like a rotating diver’s bezel but it is fixed. The steel bezel has an ADLC black coating in a matte finish to give it that distinct look. This works really well on the steel and gold model that adds some 18k pink gold-plated accents on the bezel and an 18k pink gold crown. Black spinel is used as the cabochon material in the crown, versus the more common blue sapphire crystal of many other Cartier watches. The crown is very much within the scope of Cartier design DNA.

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From a simple design perspective, the Cartier Ronde Croisiere dials are lovely. You have a traditionally-styled minute track on the outside followed with a ring of Cartier Roman numerals and some texturing on the inside. Everything fits well and is nicely proportioned, but there are, of course, the issues with legibility. On the gray dial models, the Roman numerals are too heavily polished and refract light, and this impedes legibility. In a sense, they serve to highlight the silvered dial Cartier Ronde Croisiere model since it works so much better given the much better contrast and less light reflectivity.

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Inside the Cartier Ronde Croisiere is the brand’s popular and in-house made caliber 1874 MC automatic movement that operates at 4Hz and offers about 42 hours of power reserve. Given either the price or thin nature of the Cartier Ronde Croisiere, there isn’t an exhibition caseback, which is a bit less common for watches with the 1847 MC movement.

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Cartier is a brand known for doing a lot of things right. They spend an awful lot of time making sure their cases are both refined and comfortable, and their timepieces tend to have an actual market appeal and wearing purpose. Another issue I would, however, like to take is with their deployant clasp used on most watches with straps. The system involves severely bending each side of the strap in order to size the watch – which is a bit frustrating. The good news is that when done correctly, you get a very precise fit. Also, the deployant uses a tension lock which, for me, always feels like you have to apply way too much pressure to close it. They look nice, but I’ve found putting on some best replica Cartier watches to not be as “luxury” as it should be. Nevertheless, Cartier has some excellent bracelets with corresponding deployants, so I know the brand is capable of more.

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The Cartier Ronde Croisiere is a lovely creation and solid concept that offers a great watch for a solid price. I can easily endorse the reference CRWSRN0002 model with the light silvered dial and it is my top pick among the collection. It not only looks nice, but you can actually read it. The ref. CRWSRN0003 is also in steel with the gray dial which is a good looker but not as legible, and each of those models has a retail price of $4,650. We also have the ref. CRW2RN0005 Ronde Croisiere in steel with some 18k pink gold accents which has a retail price of $5,300.