Article from John Lyon on the Robb Report and their Watch Collector blog about Catier’s reinterpretation of their iconic watch from 1967.
Making its debut at the 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the Cartier Crash Skeleton is a limited-edition reinterpretation of the brand’s iconic Crash watch from 1967. Like its predecessors, the Crash Skeleton’s platinum case features a unique, asymmetric design that gives the watch the appearance of fluidity. In order to fit inside a case with such unique proportions, Cartier had to develop an equally unconventional design for its new mechanical movement. The resulting skeletonized caliber features a layout that not only uses space efficiently but also maximizes aesthetic charm. The watch’s dial is also completely skeletonized, with satin-finished bridges shaped like roman numerals serving as indices. Cartier’s hallmark blued-steel hands and cabochon sapphire–topped crown lend the $82,500 Crash Skeleton (priced at $150,000 with the paved case)—limited to just 67 numbered examples—a dash of color. (cartier.us)