Fast rising as a new fan favorite, the Cartier Drive is the luxury brand's newest offering to the vintage loving public. It is beautifully regal and essentially masculine, like a true gentleman catching a woman's attention in a flash. There are many reasons why one could easily fall in love with such a model. The first, its nostalgic face obviously wrought from vintage automotive–hence the name Drive. A cushion shaped dial rest at the center of the piece; elegantly wide and rounded, yet not as hefty as one would fear, as it is incredibly thin. The visuals are stunning; there are guilloché markings inspired by old grills from a car's radiator, but that's not all. The rest of the watch's parts make a nod to other automotive parts; the crown resembles a bolt. Inside, the dial is completely texturized, with elegant Roman numerals standing out from the canvass. The sword hands create a knightlier feel for the everyday warrior, while a sub seconds hand found by the 6 o'clock position also adds a refreshing, contemporary take.
It must be said that such watch offers more than one look. Three versions were supplied for Cartier Drive, one of which the base steel model which can be of white or black dial. Inside this handsome watch is Cartier's in-house manufactured Caliber 1904MC-PS, a Petite Secondes movement, one of the prided works of the brand. This astounding caliber was first launched in 2010, and was among the first mechanical movements built by the Cartier Manufacture. The care applied to this beautiful movement was meticulous; one can see refined finishing such as the Côtes de Genève motif on the bridges and oscillating weight, as well as the polished screw heads.
Another comes in steel and pink gold which run on a smaller complication called the 1904-FU MC. 2014's 1904 FC MC combines a retrograde second time zone display, boasting of a day and night indicator, with a large date and small seconds coupled by a complication accessed through the crown. Such rather intelligent machinery is visible from the case back, sighted through a small gap amidst the silvery matte finish.
Last is the Cartier Drive Flying Tourbillon watch, which runs on the manual movement 9452 MC, showcasing only the time and the tourbillon. It comes with the same Geneva motif, exuding a beautiful texture plate on the dial.
To wrap it up, Cartier Drive’s family of watches is a visual feast of nostalgia, aimed directly towards men of memories, of great love for automobile, and of enthusiasm for the finest things in life.