As a new design from Cartier, it seemed to achieve something very difficult: immediately seeming very characteristically Cartier Replica Watches, without borrowing too directly from the design language of Cartier’s past. Completely new case designs from Cartier are relatively rare and this one seemed like a home run.
The Drive Extra-Flat was launched this year as well, in a slightly smaller, 39mm case and so the family appears to have an established place in Cartier’s lineup of watches, along with the venerable Tank, and more modern designs such as the Ballon Bleu. When Drive de Cartier Replica first launched there was some discussion from Cartier about the watch having an automotive inspiration, but that’s not something that you feel in any particular way when you wear the Drive, any more than you’re aware of military tanks when you wear a Tank.
The Drive has proven to be an extremely reliable daily companion, on a lot of levels. The design stands up very well to daily exposure – 41mm sounds like it might be a bit outside the Goldilocks zone for a lot of watch enthusiasts, but I’ve found over the years that there are a lot fewer absolutes than one might think when it comes to watch size.
Certain dimensions seem to suit certain watches in a way that’s difficult to quantify. I think it’s a matter of proportion rather than size per se, and in the case of the Drive, the slimness of the case is emphasized by the slight increase in diameter over the classic absolutist’s 36mm to 38mm. At about 12mm thick this is certainly not an extra-flat or ultra-thin Cheap Cartier Replica, strictly speaking, but some of that height is thanks to the domed crystal, so the impression you get is definitely one of slimness. You get the same feeling of careful control of form that you can get from really great haute couture, where a seemingly effortless silhouette is achieved only with great care and attention to detail.
One of the things you really want out of a thin, dressier watch is a sense of attention to detail, and you definitely get that from living with the Drive. The arrangement of dial elements, the way the hands change color depending on the light, the guilloché pattern on the dial and radial pattern in the sub-seconds dial, and the echoing of the case curvature in the shape of the domed crystal, all give a pleasant sense of intentionally achieved harmony. I should say, by the way, that the complex curves of the crystal have a lot to do with the effectiveness of the Cartier Replica Watches Swiss Movement Drive aesthetically. This is not a simple round domed crystal, but rather, a cushion shape with edges that follow the form of the case all around – I wouldn’t be surprised if the crystal of the Drive represented a significant part of the manufacturing cost of the entire watch.
The case shape is also more complex than it appears at first glance – brushed and polished surfaces emphasize its unusual geometry, including the gentle inward slope of the bezel and case middle, as the area between the lugs transitions from a curve to a straight line. This Best Cartier Replica Watches minimizes the gap between the curved case, and the straight inner ends of the strap.