Cartier has been teasing its followers with videos on their social media that have featured watches before being officially announced. Thus creating a sense of mystery, mixed in with plausible expectations. But speculation is now reality, as the “Cartier Pebble” gets released to celebrate 50 years since its original debut in the 1970’s. Yet again, one more iconic design, brought back from the vault of Cartier classics.The 36mm case is made of 18k yellow gold with an overall polished finish. Being nicknamed “pebble” makes sense with such a circular and contoured shape. On the flip-side is a solid gold caseback with a sleek and polished finish that continues the frontal aesthetics. Some collectors also refer to this Cartier model as the “baseball” watch.The only part disrupting the circular profile is a setting crown set with a cabochon sapphire. It protrudes out in blue and plays off the hue of the central hands, while adding an extra touch of traditional elegance. Water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).Time is exhibited on a beige opaline square dial rotated to 45 degrees within the confine of the pebble case. Placed along the constraints of this tilted-square layout are Roman numerals and a rail-road motif minute track. The classic numerals by Cartier, even appear oddly shaped at the corners to further accentuate the contrasting shapes.History fact, this unique design was originally conceived at the London based Cartier branch, instead of the Paris headquarters.
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The blued-steel sword-shaped central hour/minute hands add an extra dash of color. This reissue is almost identical to the standard original in terms of design and proportions.
The “Cartier Pebble” (Ref#: CRWGPB0003) is powered by the hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 430 MC with 18 jewels, 131 components, and 21,600 vph. This is a Cartier-branded version of the ultra-thin Piaget 430P movement. Power reserve can last up to 40 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted on the watch is a beige calfskin strap with tone-on-tone stitching, secured to the wrist by a gold pin buckle. This watch will become available during November in a limited edition of only 150 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Cartier website here.
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