As one of the most prestigious names in the world of luxury watches, Cartier has consistently captured the imagination of watch enthusiasts and connoisseurs with its timeless designs and exquisite craftsmanship. Each year, the brand introduces a range of novelties that showcase their innovative spirit and dedication to horological excellence. In this article, we explore our top three favorites from their 2023 novelties, which continue to demonstrate the brand’s commitment to pushing boundaries and creating exceptional timepieces.
Highlights from the Cartier 2023 novelties
Cartier Tank Normale
Retail price: EUR 27,900 – EUR 48,200
The Cartier Tank Normale holds a significant place in watchmaking history as it was the very watch that kick-started the iconic Tank collection. Designed by Louis Cartier in 1917 and released in 1919, the Tank drew inspiration from the Renault tanks used in World War I. This reissue of the Tank Normale retains the original’s iconic features, including the proportions, beveled sapphire crystal, Roman numeral dial with a hidden 1917 date, and satin-brushed case with polished chamfers. The dimensions have been upsized to a more modern 35.2 mm x 27.8 mm. The Tank Normale is available in yellow gold with a blue sapphire cabochon and brown alligator strap, as well as in platinum with a ruby cabochon winding crown and black alligator strap. Each version is limited to just 200 pieces.
Santos de Cartier Green Dial
Retail price: EUR 6,350 – EUR 6,950
Cartier expands its Santos de Cartier lineup with two new models featuring captivating green dials. The medium-sized Santos de Cartier and the larger-sized Santos de Cartier both boast stainless steel cases and mesmerizing green dials. These models join the extensive range of Santos de Cartier watches released since the collection’s relaunch in 2018. With their sleek and modern design, the Santos de Cartier watches pay homage to the brand’s historical model from 1978. The stainless steel cases feature alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes, complemented by the signature exposed screws on the bezel. The watches come with steel bracelets equipped with the “Smartlink” adjustment system and are accompanied by additional alligator-skin straps for versatile styling options.
Cartier Santos-Dumont Skeleton
Retail price: EUR 27,900 – EUR 37,500
Cartier continues its tradition of creating exceptional skeletonized watches with the introduction of the Santos-Dumont Skeleton. This year, the Santos-Dumont Skeleton comes in three variations crafted from different metals. Powered by Cartier’s caliber 9629 MC, a micro-rotor movement composed of 212 components, these watches showcase the intricate artistry of skeletonization. The yellow-gold version is limited to 150 pieces and features a case and bezel adorned with blue lacquer. Alongside this, Cartier presents a rose gold and a stainless-steel version of the Santos-Dumont Skeleton. These timepieces retain the familiar Santos-Dumont design elements, such as the exposed screws, blue cabochon, and blue steel hands. Notably, the micro-rotor at 8 o’clock is shaped like the Demoiselle, a series of planes designed by Alberto Santos-Dumont himself.
In conclusion, Cartier’s 2023 novelties have once again captured the attention of watch enthusiasts worldwide. The reissued Cartier Tank Normale pays tribute to the brand’s iconic Tank collection, while the Santos de Cartier Green Dial models offer a fresh and stylish take on the beloved Santos design. The Santos-Dumont Skeleton showcases the brand’s expertise in skeletonization, with three exquisite variations showcasing the micro-rotor movement. With their impeccable craftsmanship and timeless elegance, these novelties exemplify Cartier’s commitment to excellence in watchmaking.