Cartier Introducing Calibre de Cartier Diver, to be launched in 2014

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— Cartier is no longer just King of Jewellery but also King of Horology, thanks to a very passionate lady, Carole Forestier-Kasapi. A look at a new Replica Watches UK to be released in 2014: Calibre de Cartier Diver.

Calibre de Cartier Diver

As a member of the Cartier Fine Watchmaking Club, I enjoy the privilege of trying on the Replica Watches from the high-end production of the famed company and which are rapidly gaining as much respect as the legendary jewellery has enjoyed for decades already. This impressive feat is only possible because of the brilliant mind of Carole Forestier-Kasapi. She has been at the head of movement development since 2008 and since then been responsible for the birth of no less than 29 inhouse calibres – of which only three were made with help of the renowned Renaud-Papi movement development specialist.

For 2014, she once again has plenty of treats in store for fans of fine and innovative horology. Not only will Forestier-Kasapi and her team introduce five brand new inhouse movements (one of which will be the last made with the help of Renaud-Papi), but she is also introducing nine new models among which the Calibre de Cartier Diver´s Swiss Replica Watches is sure to be a huge hit and certain to make the male audience look twice when spotted in the retailer’s window.



Calibre de Cartier Diver is offered in steel, two-tone and rose gold variations. While the steel and two-tone versions may be fitted with either a comfortable and sturdy black rubber strap or a matching bracelet, the rose gold version comes with a rubber strap only and at a retail price of €19,000. © Kristian Haagen / Worldtempus


Never forget the passion

Do not be tempted to think this is just another diver’s watch from Cartier. It is far more. With Forestier-Kasapi at the helm, nothing is done merely for fun, even though she jokes about “making toys”. That is just her humble way of explaining what she does for a living, but don’t get her wrong: over lunch I had a long chat with her and asked her what gets her out of bed in the morning.

“In this line of business you need to constantly question yourself. Don’t take anything for granted and don’t just do things because they have always been done that way. Challenge yourself. Make sure you innovate, but not just for the sake of innovating. At the same time, always respect the past. Like an author, it is important to always remember what happens in the first chapter,” Forestier-Kasapi tells me in a very determined voice, making sure I understand what she´s saying and continues: “Never ever innovate at the expense of quality and durability. But most importantly: be passionate. This applies not only to watchmaking but to everything we do”.



The Calibre de Cartier Diver is water resistant to 300 meters and guaranteed a true diver´s watch due to the strict ISO certification, with prices starting at €5.850. © Cartier


ISO-certified Diver

With this in mind, it is no surprise that Forestier-Kasapi and her team have come up with a truly remarkable diver’s watch. Not only is the Calibre de Cartier Diver ISO 6425 certified, which means a long list of rigorous tests performed on every single fake watches made (and not just sample tests); but it also features a unidirectional rotating bezel that  looks good, operates smoothly, and evensounds great. “The sound of a rotating bezel is of the utmost importance for Cartier. Think of it as the closing of a car door. The right sound makes you think of quality. And that was the sound we went for,” Forestier-Kasapi points out, while explaining the 120 notches per full turn of the black ADLC-coated steel bezel, one notch per half minute.



The Calibre de Cartier Diver is one of the slimmest mechanical diver´s watches on the market and also features a diameter less than two millimetres larger than the standard version of Calibre de Cartier. © Kristian Haagen / Worldtempus


As every watch is severely tested by the stringent ISO regulations, Cartier had to make a robust watch. But even though the Calibre de Cartier Diver can be used 300 meters below water, it is not huge or bulky like many other diver’s watches. Actually it is only 1.2 millimetres larger than the standard three-hander Calibre de Cartier, which is clearly visible when placing the two watches next to each other. The slender diameter of less than 44 millimetres enables Forestier-Kasapi to claim that this could very well be one of the slimmest diver´s Rolex replica watches on the market – at least among the ISO-certified mechanical ones on offer.

Fitted with a black rubber strap or bracelet, Calibre de Cartier Diver (powered by the inhouse automatic calibre 1904 MC) is offered in steel, two-tone or rose gold with a very reasonable entry price of €5,850 for the steel version on strap.  And the success is inevitable.

Armin Strom Tourbillon Gravity Fire

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Tourbillon Gravity Fire © Armin Strom Replica Watches UK

Armin Strom, the Swiss Replica Watches manufacturer, celebrated the UK launch of a new timepiece: its Tourbillon Gravity Fire, a tourbillon Replica Watches UK with a micro rotor winding mechanism. The introduction is less than a year after the release of Armin Strom’s first calibre with a rotating carriage.

The timepiece was unveiled at an exclusive VIP reception hosted by The Markerstudy Group at Salomons Country Estate in Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England, on December 3. Guests included Max Chilton, Formula 1 driver of the Marussia F1 Team, a Replica Rolex Watches enthusiast and Armin Strom brand ambassador, plus some of Kent’s most affluent and influential style setters and decision makers.

On the dial side, the timepiece reveals the two opposites that animate every Replica Watches movement: winding and regulation. While the tourbillon mechanism makes regulation more precise by reducing the effect of gravity, the micro rotor harnesses this same power to supply energy to the gear train, thus exploiting both the positive and negative impacts of the Earth’s gravitation. The hands display the time from an off-centre axis.

Serge Michel, owner of Armin Strom, said: “We are delighted to launch the new Tourbillon Gravity Fire at such a prestigious occasion. As with all our timepieces, this watch demonstrates the highest level of handmade craftsmanship, which has been the success behind Armin Strom for over 40 years. It is a timepiece that will prove irresistible for collectors who value this level of manufacture.”

Armin Strom was established by founder, Armin Strom, 40 years ago. As a Master Skeletonizer, his unique design style created a skeletal appearance which showed off the hand-finished movement of the Breitling replica watches considered too good to remain hidden behind a dial and a steel case back. This iconic horological design remains central to the company philosophy today.

The Armin Strom Tourbillon Gravity Fire continues this unique design style and features the flame motif inspired engraving, which adorns all Fire timepiece movements, together with an 18ct rose gold case. The new edition will be limited to 50 pieces.

Cartier A behind-the-scenes look at the restoration workshops

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— The Cartier Tradition department has the weighty responsibility of restoring all its heritage Replica Watches UK. A skilled and delicate high-wire act jealously hidden from inquisitive eyes… in downtown Geneva!

Atelier de restauration Cartier à Genève, © David Carteron / Delos Communications

The complete renovation of the Geneva boutique might have been a mere pretext – although it does in itself represent an impressive accomplishment, since the surface area of the Maison Cartier has expanded from 169 square metres to almost 1,000 metres, of which 700 dedicated exclusively to sales! That makes it the largest Cartier boutique in Europe, as well as the best stocked, since almost all the timepieces produced by the Manufacture can be found at this address. Nonetheless, its greatest wealth is invisible to the public at large.

Fake walls and true treasures

Anyone fortunate enough to be granted a glimpse of this horological haven must go up a floor and allow themselves to be guided to a set of private lounges – where an impressive security device reveals the improbable sight of a fake sliding wall giving access to the inner sanctum, the Cartier restoration workshop.



The Cartier restoration workshop © David Carteron / Delos Communications


The stage-setting itself speaks volumes, for this area to which only a privileged few enjoy access harbours the historical heart of Cartier watchmaking. The patrimonial wealth concentrated there represents the exact opposite of the universe created for this purpose: a single, sparsely furnished less than 30 square-metre room. On the left, a wide picture window looking out onto Lake Léman; on the right, a discreet storage cupboard; and in the centre, two watchmakers seated at two facing workbenches. You could hear a pin drop in this hidden corner of the Cartier universe that is pervaded by a resolutely studious atmosphere.

On the workbenches sit two models, one for each watchmaker. Few tools and no apparatus are in sight to lend a modern touch to the scene: everything is done by hand here. A mere glance at one of the two timepieces gives a pretty clear idea of the issues at stake here: an imposing Cartier Grand Complication Replica Watches UK from the 1920s (complete with perpetual calendar, split-second chronograph and minute repeater). Only two of them are known to exist worldwide…



Very rare pieces are being repaired in the workshop. © David Carteron / Delos Communications


Lifelong reparability

“We offer all our customers a lifetime guarantee of repair for any Cartier models. Failure is not an option: anything entering the Tradition department must emerge from it in full working order”, says Bernhard A. Berger, Director of Cartier Tradition.

The pressure on the two watchmakers is thus palpable. Cartier is constantly enriching its heritage with models that the House buys up at auction, or more rarely from individuals.

These timepieces are often known but sparingly documented. A lengthy analytical process serves to determine their origin in order to restore them to their original condition. Any personal enhancements, modifications or interpretations are strictly forbidden.

“Louis Cartier and Edmond LeCoultre were close friends”, explains Bernhard A. Berger, Director of Cartier Tradition. “In actual fact, almost all our historical movements stem from LeCoultre, which gives us a solid basis on which to undertake our restorations”.

Complete autonomy

To enable them to complete their daunting task, the two watchmakers have been given the technical possibility of identically reproducing any component. “It often proves necessary”, one of them points out. “Before the 1950s, no models were water-resistant. Corrosion has often significantly and sometimes irremediably damaged certain parts of the movements. We sometimes even have to remake certain tools that no longer exist!”



The two Rolex replica watchmakers have been given the technical possibility of identically reproducing any component. © David Carteron / Delos Communications


The result must necessarily be perfect. Some rare models that enter the restoration department will remain within the House, joining its heritage collection that has been steadily built up since 1983. Others will be put up for sale. Around 300 collector’s pieces thus restored are judiciously spread between ten Cartier boutiques worldwide.

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