Unprecedented times call for unprecedented ways to release novelties for the year. With the current COVID-19 crisis shuttering exhibitions worldwide, Cartier and other Richemont Group brands have announced their new watch models for 2020 online, rolling them out across websites and social media platforms. For 2020, Cartier did what it does best – revamp, revive, and reimagine familiar classics for today’s audience. Here is a closer look at some of the new Cartier Santos, Pasha, and Tank watches.
New Cartier Pasha Watches
Legend has it that the Pasha watch that Cartier released in the 1980s was inspired by a water-resistant timepiece made for the Pasha of Marrakesh in 1933 – an avid swimmer and a fan of all things luxurious, expensive, and fashionable. Whether that was accurate or not is still a mystery, but what is true is that the sporty Cartier Pasha watch was a cult hit in the eighties thanks to its unique design. Cartier has now revived the Pasha watch collection for 2020, based largely on the original 1980’s generation but with plenty of enhancements to bring the watch into the 21st century.
Available in either 41mm and 35mm, the new Pasha watches retain their round cases and signature screw-down crown cover tethered to the case by a small chain link. However, Cartier now offers customers the opportunity to engrave the space under the crown cover with one’s initials. The original distinctive dial layout of the Pasha is still there, characterized by a square minute track inside a round dial, segmented by four prominent Arabic numerals at the quarters.
The 41mm Pasha (available in steel or yellow gold) includes a date window while the smaller 35mm (available in steel or pink gold) does not. New to this generation of the Pasha is the practical Cartier-developed QuickSwitch system to allow easy bracelet and strap swaps. All the Cartier Pasha watches are now furnished with a sapphire caseback, offering a view of the in-house, antimagnetic 1847 MC automatic movement.
New Cartier Santos-Dumont Watches
In 1904, Louis Cartier created one of the first purpose-built men’s wristwatches for the pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. In an era when men still relied on pocket watches, a men’s wristwatch was a novel idea; however it was more practical for Santos-Dumont to simply glance at his wrist than dig into his pocket while operating his flying contraptions.
The Santos watch went on to become a mainstay in Cartier’s watch collection, spawning several different versions over the decades and benefitting from a major facelift in 2018. For 2020, Cartier expands the Santos-Dumont sub-collection with new models, including a handful of special-edition pieces.
The new Santos-Dumont XL models sport 46.6mm x 33.9mm slightly contoured cases, available in rose gold, stainless steel, and two-tone rose gold and stainless steel. The watches are topped with the customary square bezels with exposed screws and house time-only dials that are classic Cartier – black Roman numerals, blue sword-shaped hands, and a railroad minute track framing the periphery.
Cartier also unveiled a series of limited-edition engraved Santos-Dumont pieces named after the aviator’s innovative flying machines. The first three are classified by Cartier as Large Models, featuring cases measuring 43.5mm x 31.4mm.
The platinum “Le Brésil” Santos-Dumont (limited to 100 pieces) includes a silvered dial, a ruby on the crown, and a caseback engraving of Santos-Dumont’s first airship.
The yellow gold “La Baladeuse” Santos-Dumont (limited to 300 pieces) pairs a champagne dial with a blue sapphire-topped winding crown and includes a caseback engraving of the motorized airship Santos-Dumont flew across Paris 1903.
The two-tone “n°14 bis” Santos-Dumont (limited to 500 pieces) combines a steel case, yellow gold bezel, an anthracite grey dial, a blue spinel-set winding crown, and an engraving on the caseback of the canard biplane that won the Aero-Club de France prize in 1906 by flying over 100m.
Named after the pilot’s most accomplished aircraft, the Santos-Dumont “La Demoiselle” watch will be limited to just 30 pieces, and is presented in a lacquered wooden box with matching cufflinks.
Additionally, it is the largest of the group with an XL 46.6mm x 33.9mm cased fashioned from solid platinum. Along with the ruby-set crown, the watch features a woven pattern detail on the dial and Panama-weave strap (an additional alligator strap is also provided) in honor of Santos-Dumont’s favorite Panama hat.
These new Cartier Santos-Dumont watches run on the in-house manual winding 430 MC movement, which offers users a 38-hour of power reserve.
New Cartier Tank Asymétrique Watches
Fresh to the Cartier Privé collection, which is known for avant-garde designs and limited pieces, are new Tank Asymétrique models. The original Tank Asymétrique from 1936 famously took the Tank watch’s rectangular case and tilted it by 30 degrees to create a diamond silhouette.
The 2020 Tank Asymétrique models follow this blueprint, now available in yellow gold with a champagne dial, pink gold with a grey dial, and platinum with a silver-colored dial – each metal variation limited to 100 pieces. These time-only watches are powered by the manual-winding in-house 1917 MC movement and have cases that measure 47.15mm x 26.2mm and come in at just 6.38mm thick.
Cartier also added three Tank Asymétrique skeleton watches, offering a full view of the 9623 MC skeleton movement from both the dial and caseback side. The watch is available in pink gold, platinum, or gem-set platinum, with each one limited to 100 pieces.
The Santos, Pasha, and Tank have all been important watch designs for Cartier and with these new releases, they continue to be an integral part of the Maison’s timepiece lineup.
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