They are the face of the watch and the focus of considerable attention. Simple or monochrome, extremely structured, supremely refined backdrops for artistic crafts… or merely functional and legible : dials come in a wide range of interpretations. Sometimes their very absence amplifies the beauty of a watch.
Bulgari Octo Grande Sonnerie – A fine example of what happens when the dial simply vanishes, in order to give pride of place to the mechanical intricacies of the movement. And when the latter features a four-hammer Grande and Petite Sonnerie as well as a tourbillon, its technical splendor easily matches that of the most beautiful dial. CHF 580’000.–
Welcome to the latest installment in our Cost of Entry series. In this aBlogtoWatch feature, we analyze different brands through the lens of the most affordable model. Having looked at the entry-level offerings of Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Hublot… now, a title well-known even far outside the world of watches: Cartier. And none other than the legendary Tank, in the kind of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic, represents the most economical mechanical men’s watch Cartier provides, at approximately US$3,500. The question is, but what exactly you get together with all the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic and how well it represents the brand.We don’t need to inform you that Cartier is among the world’s most well-known luxury brands. While I like to approach this show for a brand study rather than as how to purchase to a prestigious title for the smallest quantity of money possible… Cartier’s prestige and recognizability are a massive draw for a fantastic many individuals around the world. Cartier has attained a remarkably cohesive identity and consistency over a vast assortment of products, but where does the Cartier Tank Solo XL fit in to this? In this guide, we want to check at what exactly the Cartier Tank Solo XL offers concerning history, value, horological interest, style, and more vague quality that is Cartier character. The Cartier Tank turning 100 years old in 2017 makes it timely to revisit its narrative that’s a big area of the watch we’re considering today.Founded at Paris, France, by Louis-François Cartier in 1847, Cartier as a firm will be 170 years old in 2017, but is no more a small family-run jeweler, needless to say. The three grandsons of the founder were Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, and together they oversaw Cartier’s expansion to be a globally recognized name – Louis function as most fundamental to our narrative. The next Cartier creation, the children of those 3 brothers, sold the business in the 1970s to an investor category. And finally, in 2012, Cartier joined the Richemont Group where it resides now among illustrious colleagues of haute horlogerie.
Octo Grande Sonnerie © Bulgari
Montre Rotonde de Cartier jour & nuit Mystérieux – Cartier’s iconic mystery display and its equally emblematic day & night display are combined for the first time in this model on which the sun and moon appear and move in turn, as if levitating, in order to tell the time. Price available on request
Montre Rotonde de Cartier Jour&Nuit Mystérieux © Cartier
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon The brand’s unmistakable overlapping subdials forming a figure 8 are complemented by the mystery of an ultra-accurate astronomical moon phase, adding the midnight blue touch of its night-sky background to the ivorycolored Grand Feu enamel background. CHF 29’700.–
Grande Seconde Moon © Jaquet Droz
Patek Philippe Référence 5131/1 Heure Universelle – The prestige of platinum, the splendid colors of the Earth portrayed in cloisonné enamel adorning a dial featuring 24 times zones and a day/night indication, all driven by self-winding Caliber 240 U. Travel has never been quite so refined ! CHF 115’000.–
Référence 5131/1 Heure Universelle © Patek Philippe