Cartier Perfects Imperfection with the Crash

Cartier Perfects Imperfection with the Crash

March 7, 2017

With the Crash Skeleton watch in rose gold, Cartier pushes experimentation with shape to its limits and continues its series of Mechanical Legends, the purest watchmaking expression of Cartier’s emblematic shapes. With the caliber 9618 MC, the case and movement become one so as to adapt to the legendary asymmetrical profile of the Crash watch.

On the one hand is an aesthetic characterized by the extravagance of the Roman numerals. On the other, a fully skeletonized movement that is one of Cartier’s most striking signatures, here merging seamlessly with the curved shapes of the case.

The Crash Skeleton watch is fitted with a transparent caseback that allows its wearer to admire the gearings of the manual winding caliber 9618 MC and its skeletonized plates that resemble a sculpture with surfaces that are beveled, satin-finished and polished one by one.

The effect of this spectacular example of watchmaking expertise relies both on its aesthetic and technical prowess and on the idiosyncratic aspect of the Crash watch, which first appeared in 1967 amid the effervescence of Swinging London.

What are its origins? Where did the idea really come from? Legend has it that a client entrusted a watch damaged in an accident to the director of the London branch of Cartier. The latter was so struck by its startling appearance that he integrated its distorted design into his creative framework.

Today a source of inspiration for Cartier Fine Watchmaking, this iconic watch is now available in rose gold as part of a limited series of 67 numbered pieces.

Technical Specifications

 Movement: manufacture mechanical caliber, 9618 MC

Case: 18-karat rose gold

Dimensions: 28.15 x 45.32 mm

Crown: beaded set with a blue sapphire cabochon

Strap: gray alligator skin

Buckle: double adjustable folding clasp in 18-karat rose gold

Crystal: mineral glass

Caseback: sapphire

Case thickness: 9.62mm

Water resistance: 30 meters

Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour

Power reserve: approximately 3 days

Limited series of 67 numbered pieces