Privé is your exclusive collection of resurrected Cartier Replica watches from the brand’s history. Hardcore Cartier buffs will recall the mid-2000s Collection Privée Cartier Paris, while newcomers into the newest will likely remember the 2018 and 2019 Privé versions, the Cintrée and the Tonneau. 2020 sees the coming of the Cartier Privé Tank Asymétrique, probably the most striking of this lot.
Water Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters)
Case Material: 18k yellow gold, 18k pink gold, platinum
Crystal/Lens: sapphire crystal
Movement: Cartier Manufacture Mechanical Movement 1917MC and 9623MC Skeleton
Frequency: 3Hz for solid dials, 4Hz for skeleton
Power Reserve: 38 and 48 hours
Strap/Bracelet: various leather
Price & Availability: Gold instance solid dial 27,200 Swiss Francs, Platinum case strong dial 30,800 Swiss francs, skeleton versions 60,500 Swiss Francs in 18k pink gold, 68,500 Swiss Francs in platinum, 96,000 Swiss Francs with diamonds. Availability starts in December.
Although not initially supposed to be a Tank collection bit, the 1936 Asymétrique reinforced Cartier Tortue Small Seconds Brown Leather Watches now-famous mastery of bold shapes and strong designs. A dial rotated by 30° and a skewed”Parallélogramme” situation with triple lugs was more than enough to turn the 1917 Cartier Tank’s square stance into something so much more lively and alive.
The solid dial versions are impressively thin at just 6.38mm. The case materials vary between platinum, 18k pink gold and 18k yellow gold, every version limited to 100 pieces. No frequent man’s steel alternative at the Privé set which, in fact, is a complete shame. The motion indoors is your Cartier Manufacture Caliber 1917MC, a thin, hand-wound quality that runs at a moderate 3Hz and offers a both moderate 38 hours of power reserve. In return, it measures only 2.9mm-thick.