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It was only just last year that SIHH 2017 that Cartier first present their extra-flat model. And yet a year since then, they return with enhancements to this watch set move, introducing the new ”Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat” recently revealed at SIHH 2018.

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Many had already been swift to crown the “Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat” as a certified crowd pleaser. They were made available in 18k white gold and rose gold versions, which are great materials, but something seemed to be missing. Normally a collection such as this one, would have begun with stainless-steel and yellow gold. But, Cartier seems to have inverted the process here, in what might have actually been a good marketing strategy. No doubt many customers were hoping and have gotten their wishes answered by these new release options.

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So, as aforementioned the cushion-shaped 38mm case is now available in either stainless-steel or 18k yellow gold with a solid case back. But its thickness of only 6.6mm which justify the “Extra-Flat” moniker, along with its wide arched and short lugs that provide for a very closely integrated wrist fit. And the proportions of the case are actually slightly skewed at 38mm high and 39mm wide. Creating a visual effect that just keep one staring at its apparent simplicity, unaware of why exactly is it so appealing.

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Also features its standard smoothed out and curved octagonal bezel matching each versions metal casing with a setting-crown that includes a faceted sapphire. The bezel here and the top of the lugs have a polished finish, while the brushed sides provide a subtle contrasting effect. It’s all these details put together that result in making an otherwise simple design, in something quite remarkable, while understated. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a silver dial with a sunray effect and Roman numerals, while an inner ring form with small minute index markers and slightly bigger ones for each five-minute increment. Comes equipped with the classic blued sword-shaped steel hands seen on many of the timepieces created by Cartier. Simple, clean and elegant. A true modern day classic design making the old adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, ring as true as ever.

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Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat

This “Cartier Drive de Cartier Extra-Flat” (Ref#: N/A) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 430 MC with 18 jewels, 131 components and 21,600 Vph. An appropriately selected caliber with its 20.5mm diameter and 2.1mm thickness, accommodating inside this extra-flat casing in a cinch. Based originally on the Piaget 430P caliber movement. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 36 hours, when fully wound.

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Mounted to the watch is a semi-matte brown (yellow gold) or blue (steel) alligator strap, secured to the wrist by either an 18k yellow gold or stainless-steel ardillon pin buckle. A true vintage Cartier looking piece, although it’s actually just debuted at SIHH 2018. For more up to date information visit the official Cartier website here.

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Written by Mauro Az