Last year Cartier debut an entirely new collection called. Drive. This was very well received from the aficionados the press and the like.
To follow up this collection they released two NEW models at SIHH 2017. The Drive Moon Phase and The Drive Extra Flat. Both models are a flattering addition to the Cartier Drive collection that offer something simple yet different from the other models.
The Drive Moonphase is available in stainless steel and in 18k pink gold. Even though it’s a stunning watch, Cartier have added quite a premium for moon phase complication when you think about it. The retail of a Cartier Drive in steel entry level model which is $6,250. The NEW Cartier Drive Moonphase in steel is $7,850. That’s a $1,600 premium for the addition of a moon phase and it doesn’t even have a date or a seconds hand. If Cartier had it pried at $6,950 it would be a home run! It would still be a little pricey for a steel watch with moon phase complication but it would be much more fair. Cartier is notorious for introducing watches with high retail prices and then later having price decreases which devalues the product in my opinion.
The case is 40mm and has a unique Tounneau shape. It has a silver guilloche pattern dial with twelve jet black Cartier Roman numerals. The six o’clock Roman numeral is slightly cut off with a moon phase complication within a sub circle above it. The hands are steel blued and sword shaped. This is powered by the in house 430 mc movement which is based off of the Piaget 430P movement. For those of you who are unaware. Cartier and Piaget are sister brands that are both owned by the Richemont Group. Piaget is known for making slim line movements for their dress watches. The Cartier Drive Moonphase is also available in 18k pink gold for $21,200.
The other model watch is called the Cartier Drive Extra Flat. This is available in 18k white gold and 18k pink gold. This is powered by the in house 430 mc movement which is based off of the Piaget 430P movement. For those of you who are unaware. Cartier and Piaget are sister brands that are both owned by the Richemont Group. Piaget is known for making slim line movements for their dress watches.The functions are hours and minutes. My kinda watch. Simple, timeless and symmetric. I wish it was at least 40 mm if not 42mm but this is 38mm in size. It’s 40% more flat than last years Drive models introduced at SIHH 2016. I love how Cartier makes their most simple watches the most expensive. The Drive Extra Flat should have been made in stainless steel not 18k white gold. It’s a little bit too spendy at $16,700 for a time only watch. They could have made this in steel at 4k it would be an instant classic value timepiece. The pink gold version is $15,600.