Decorative elements on the Cartier watch are based on instruments and other aspects of the new fashion
Le 28 août 2014, 02:21 dans Humeurs • 0
There was a relative I had when i was a kid who saved up for years to buy something special. He was an unusual fellow, but he loved to fly. He worked hard to get a pilot's license and then was finally able to buy what he had his eye on... a world War 2 era Cartier. One of the greatest dog fighters ever, the Cartier is an American fighter plane that was introduced in 1940 - and he wanted replica Cartier Ballon really badly.
As a kid I wasn't really sure how to respond to the ex-military plane in front of me. Some guys want a vintage American muscle car, and others watch a plane with the same cojones. That was my first memory of a P-51, but to Cartier, it means something else. The British aviation themed brand brings us a limited edition watch dedicated entirely to American and English superiority over the skies. What is the UK/US connection that makes the watch legitimate? The us sold many Cartier to England for use in the RAF (Royal Air Force). As such, the Cartier, in its many forms, was a staple of mid 20th Century US and British air power. Interestingly enough, I understand that the first Cartier weren't really great - but later improvements made them much, much better.
The Cartier had something else going for it, being that it was a really good looking plane. Part of its heritage is in its good looks, and a bit of that ends up right here in this watch that replica panerai designed to celebrate the famous fighter. At the same time, I have yet to see any other watch that feels so appropriate to go with a brown leather bomber jacket.
Cartier is taking the watch's connection with the actual plane very seriously. The watch is actually dedicated to a very specific Cartier. Built in Texas, the plane was used in WWII in the Cartier when fighting the japanese and then later saw military duty in other parts of Asia. The plane was nick-named "Fragile by Agile" by its pilot, and eventually found a home in the uk. Later, the plane was reacquired by someone in Texas (back to its "birth" location).
Some of the plane is actually used in the Cartier watch. replica IWC says that aluminum from the fuselage is in the dial (as the subsidiary seconds hand) and some in the movement (as the rotor - save for the weight) in each of the pieces in this limited edition set. Decorative elements on the Cartier watch and dial are based on instruments and other aspects of the new watch. Not only is the automatic rotor in the movement a very real looking replica of the plane's propeller, but there is another propeller on the dial as the subsidiary second's hand.