Once praised by King Edward VII of England as “the Emperor’s jeweler, the jeweler’s emperor”, Cartier’s long history of 170 years has made it the world’s leading jeweler and watchmaker, whose innovative ideas and exquisite designs have been admired and loved by countless royalty and celebrities. Cartier’s watches are instantly recognizable, especially its Key Collection, which is distinguished by its “abalone shell” case and square crown. (Reference: WGCL0005)
Cartier’s Key series of watches are sleek and simple, named for the way they are wound as if a key were turning. It is a simple, pure and simple large three-hand watch with an elegant overall shape. The 18-carat white gold case is polished to a smoother, more metallic finish, and the sides of the watch have been designed to give it a more sophisticated look.
A fine guilloché guilloché pattern is used on the silvered round dial in the center, with elegant and airy Roman numeral hour markers on the outer edge and a date window at 6 o’clock. The dark blue sword-shaped blued steel hands make reading the hours simple and straightforward, while the sapphire crystal on the case gives the watch maximum protection. The distinctive square-shaped crown on the side is very easy to use and is set with a blue spinel for a dark and mysterious look. When the watch is wound, the crown turns like a key.
The lugs follow the design of the case in a natural curved shape, forming an integral part of the case and providing a smooth connection between the two, facilitating the fit of the watch and the wrist. The classic black strap is made of alligator leather with black stitching around the edges, it’s well cut and perfectly detailed, and the leather strap is quite comfortable to wear. The strap is attached with a folding buckle in white gold, and the black leather strap and silver buckle give the watch an elegant and secure look.
The 1847 MC movement is housed in a caseback that is transparent and allows the viewer to admire the inner workings of the movement. The case back is screwed to the case and is made of metal with the same central sapphire crystal. Cartier’s watch serves as an elegant and simple men’s watch that can complement a man’s mature and steady style and is suitable for any social occasion. Also, Cartier’s key collection is simple and uncomplicated, and its unique shape can easily make you the center of attention of the crowd, making it very worthy of inclusion in my opinion.