Cartier’s in-house Chronograph movement – Calibre de Cartier Chronograph
In 2010 Cartier presented the Caliber de Cartier including Cartier’s in-house movement caliber 1904-PS, a strong base development that discovered its way into the new Tank Anglaise also. A week ago Cartier presented their new in-house chronograph development, type 1904-CH, in a watch with the recognizable Caliber de Cartier case and face.
This is obviously totally different from the exemplary rich Cartier mono-poussoir models from the regarded CPCP assortment, anyway an extraordinary following stage for Cartier’s standard assortment. This is the new Caliber de Cartier Chronograph with type 1904-CH movement.
I think it’s defended to call this development, Cartier’s first ‘normal’ in-house chronograph development, setting aside the exotics from their Fine Watchmaking assortment. The past Cartier chronograph watches, were either founded on ETA development like in the Santos 100 Chronograph or the mono pusher chronographs from Collection Privee Cartier Paris. These mono pushers utilize a manual breeze development developed by THA, a company founded by nobody less then Denis Flageolet (De Bethune), Vianney Halter and Francois-Paul Journe!
The public statement doesn’t notice anything about it, anyway it would seem that the new development, type 1904-CH, has been designed on the base type 1904-PS. It shares a significant part of similar standards, similar to two heart barrels, which are useful for ‘just’ 48 hours of force hold. Choosing two fountainheads guarantees a more steady chronometric rate. Other similitudes between type 1904-PS and the new chronograph type 1904-CH, are a similar beat rate (28,800 vph), measurement (11,5 ligne) and a focal rotor with artistic metal balls that which guarantee great stun opposition and durability.
The fine-change framework includes the mark Cartier “C”. The chronograph work is initiated by a section wheel that is obvious through a round gap in the huge extension, which completely covers the whole development. The rotor twists, as on type 1904-PS, bi-directional.
The base plate, concealed by the development’s components, is round grained. The movement’s connect, balance rooster and rotor are get done with a fine Côtes de Genève striping, which is all obvious through a sapphire crystal case back.
And before I fail to remember it, there’s likewise the dial side and case, which both unequivocally help to remember the Caliber de Cartier. A comparable case, estimating 42 mm in width with a water obstruction of 100 meters. The dial shows the Roman numerals on the top half and stick hour markers, treated with iridescent material, on the lower half.
The date gap, which shows three continuous dates, has moved from the 3 o’clock to the 6 o’clock position and there are two registers, one for the running seconds hand and a 30-minute counter. All hands share a similar design as those on the ‘normal’ Caliber de Cartier, being the sword molded hands in dark oxidized steel with an iridescent covering. Around the silvered opaline dial is a rail-track engraved in the fluted steel or gold bezel.
The new Caliber de Cartier will be delivered in eight diverse rendition, from tempered steel to a 18 carat pink gold form and even a white gold pearl set adaptation. Here are the specifications:
- Case diameter: 42 mm
- Crown: seven-sided crown in gold embellished with a faceted sapphire
- Crystal and case back: sapphire crystal
- Water-obstruction: 100 m/330 feet/10 bars
- Dial: silvered opaline dial, snailed partially, stepped on the XII numeral, the hour markers and opening, Roman numerals and dark moved hour markers. Two snailed counters (hour/minute) with gold bevel.
- Hands: blade molded in dark oxidized steel with an iridescent coating
Movement: Manufacture self-winding mechanical chronograph type 1904-CH
- Number of gems: 35
- Number of parts: 269
- Balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour (4Hz)
- Power hold: 48 hours
- Finish: Côtes de Genève
More data: www.cartier.com
This article is composed by Frank Geelen, chief editorial manager for Monochrome Watches .