Cartier has taken the slim Drive and updated it with two new case options, the modest stainless steel and the classic yellow gold. Don’t get me wrong, the white and pink gold models were and are stunning, but something about hearing “steel and yellow gold” just sounded right to me. So, when I found my way to Best Cartier Replica Watches booth yesterday, I beelined for these new release without a moment’s hesitation.
Let’s start with the basics. The Cheap Cartier Replica Drive Extra-Flat has a cushion-shaped case that measures 38mm high and 39mm wide, and that slight difference is just enough to give the case a little big of dynamism on the wrist. It’s almost like a touch of wabi sabi that keeps you looking at the watch trying to figure out what it is that’s captured your attention.
The proportion Cartier is most proud of though is the watch’s thickness, which is just 6.6mm. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what that number means, it’s the same exact thickness as a large-sized Tank LC. You can also compare it to Swiss Cartier Replica Watches like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date, which is still considered relatively slim but is nearly double the Drive’s thickness at 11.9mm. Suffice it to say, this was is really slim. I’d say it’s just thick enough so as not to feel fragile, which is a problem I sometimes have with ultra-thin watches.
With both new metals, the case finishing is identical. The curved bezel and the tops of the lugs are polished, while the sides of the case and the caseback are vertically brushed. I’m normally a “less shiny the better” kind of guy, but I’m not sure the Drive would have the same impact without the polishing on the front-facing parts of the case. The brushed sides kind of ground everything, but you need that play of light to keep the Cartier Replica Watches from looking dull and flat on the wrist. It’s a nice way to bring some light to the dial too, which has a sunburst finish and two subtle channels on the inside and outside of the minute markers.
The watch has a closed caseback, which is perfectly in line with the overall vintage feel of this. A sapphire caseback would both make the Cartier Replica thicker and feel a little over-the-top to boot. Inside beats a Cartier Caliber 430 MC, which is a slim hand-wound movement based on the Piaget 430P. It is 20.5mm in diameter and just 2.1mm thick, and it carries a 36-hour power reserve, runs in 18 jewels, and beats at 3 Hz. There are 131 total components in the movement and if you were to open the watch’s caseback, you’d see simple double-C decoration on the major plates and balance cock.