A quick look at Cartier’s new watches for 2021

Cartier has always been a cash cow for the Richemont Group and naturally there are many new models for 2021, with six collections updated at Watches & Wonders, including the Cartier Libre, Cartier Privé, Pasha de Cartier, Santos de Cartier+ Santos Dumont, Tank Must de Cartier, Ballon Bleu and the Panthère jewellery collection. We have selected the highlights to introduce you to them.

The ‘Light and Power’ Tank Must de Cartier

Probably the most iconic rectangular watch, the Tank Must de Cartier was born in 1977 at the height of the quartz crisis, marking the first time that a tank watch was produced on an industrial scale and the first time that the model was not produced in precious metal. The design of the Tank Must for 2021 has been completely redeveloped while remaining faithful to the historic model. The proportions of the redesigned dial: refinement is the guiding force behind this new design. The watch dares to return to the ultimate classicism down to the smallest detail, with its precious pearl cabochon bracelet crown and the return of the traditional buckle on the leather strap version.

Even more noteworthy is the fact that the small and large versions of the Tank Must de Cartier are equipped with a photovoltaic cell movement, which succeeds in applying the photovoltaic principle to the dial of the Tank watch without altering its aesthetics. The trick: the Roman numerals on the dial are designed with clever openings whose opening allows the sun’s rays to reach the photovoltaic cell hidden beneath the dial. It took the development team two years to integrate this SolarBeat movement, which has a lifespan of over 16 years, into the Tank Must,replica cartier watches the first watch to benefit from this technology. It also comes with a strap made of non-animal materials, partly from Apple waste, in order to reduce its carbon footprint and respond to sustainable environmental initiatives. Price: from €2,510

Cartier Cloche de Cartier

This is the Cloche, the clock-shaped timepiece of 2021. After the Crash, the Tank Cintrée, the Tonneau and the Tank Asymétrique, the Cloche de Cartier becomes the fifth protagonist of the Cartier Privé collection.

The shape of the case is a signature feature of this piece. ” Cloche “, meaning French clock, first appeared in Cartier watches around 1920. It was so named because its silhouette when placed horizontally is reminiscent of a service clock on a counter.

Available only in yellow gold and white gold and platinum, it features a “chemin de fer” minute ring and Roman numerals. The aesthetics are highly refined and particularly pleasing. The balance of the dial elements blends perfectly with the distinctive shape of the case. The case measures 37.15 x 28.75 mm, which in our opinion works well on a small to medium sized wrist. And has a 1917 MC hand-wound mechanical movement with a power reserve of 38 hours when fully wound.

Cartier 40mm Ballon Bleu

The Ballon Bleu is a classic Cartier watch, and the latest version features a new 40 mm case diameter. The movement is now the self-winding calibre 1847 MC. The much-loved case shape remains the same, while the fluted crown is protected by curved bridges. The crown is set with a synthetic spinel cabochon. The dial is silvered guilloché, contrasting with the Roman numerals and blued steel sword-shaped hands.

The previous version of the Blue Balloon with self-winding movement was only available in 42mm or 36mm. Now the new 2021 model is not too big, not too small… Just right. With its exclusive quick-release functional bracelet, one can expect another wave of sales to follow.

Pasha de Cartier Chronograph

Since its introduction in 1985, the Pasha has been a highly sought-after people’s watch thanks to its unique code, its chain crown and its exceptional design.The new Pashade Cartier, successfully launched in 2020,replica watches is a combination of watchmaking features and design details that are superbly combined to enhance and maximise its ergonomic appeal: interchangeable straps, a sapphire caseback, new crown and personalised engraving. A highly sought-after watch, the 2021 features two new key designs: from a more feminine 30 mm version to a more masculine 41 mm chronograph, the latter being the focus of attention.

The new Cartier Chronograph has been specifically measured to enhance the functionality and visibility of the Pasha watch. The presence of a rotating bezel and two push-button pieces highlight a powerful approach that further enhances the watch’s design. True to the historical versions of the first Pasha chronographs, the two pushers with cabochon convex face maintain the volume of the original design. The choice of style is entirely in keeping with the spirit of the Pasha de Cartier.

This new chronograph is equipped with the 1904-CH MC Cartier Manufacture movement with a 47-hour power reserve and a sapphire caseback. Made in steel or 18-carat yellow gold, all these versions of the strap are interchangeable thanks to the QuickSwitch system strap developed by Cartier, which can be activated with a single press. Thanks to the SmartLink system, it is also possible to adjust the metal bracelet to the closest link without the use of tools.