1967: A legendary watch written into the history of Cartier watchmaking, this unexpected and pleasant encounter is the Crash watch. 2014: With the launch of the Crash skeleton watch, Cartier created another special-shaped movement of the brand-the 9618 MC-type movement, and thus kicked off the ‘Mechanical Legends’ series. This series fulfilled the extremely high dual requirements, successfully combining the specially shaped case with the same shaped movement.
1967 coincides with the golden age of the ‘Swinging London’ trend. It is conceivable that the Crash watch born in this year naturally carried the agitation and eclecticism of the free age. Such a unique watch from Cartier’s hand is not unexpected. In the era of hip hop and pop art subverting traditional dogma, when the passionate and perceptive styling watchmaker and such rebellious thoughts met, the result of their collision was Crash watch.
How did this watch come about? The story begins when a customer commissioned a Cartier watch that was damaged in the accident to be repaired by a Cartier London person. The latter was immediately attracted by the deformed case and decided to apply its twisted shape to the new designing. The Crash watch, which has a very limited circulation, quickly became a highly collectible watch due to its asymmetric dial design. The mysterious shape also makes its name mentioned from time to time among the knowledgeable elite. For them, the Crash watch represents the avant-garde culture of the 1970s. Today, this legend continues.
Today, Cartier’s distorted design is no longer limited to the case, but extends to the entire movement, and its structure after ‘impact’ merges with the distorted case. As a master of modeling and sculpture, Cartier strictly adheres to his watchmaking philosophy: limitations are both restrictions and guidelines, and everything is a source of inspiration. The movement as a whole was carefully designed, and once again challenged technical accomplishments and watchmaking achievements. The completely skeletonized dial is occupied by exaggerated twisted Roman numerals, and the transparent design makes the movement clear at a glance. It is these digital time stamps that support the movement.
The skeletonized movement selected for aesthetic considerations is one of Cartier’s most iconic complication, which has made this watch officially among the fine watchmaking. Through the transparent case back, you can admire the exquisite operation of the 9618 MC manual winding gear.
The 9618 MC movement does not simply modify the traditional movement to fit the case. It has been designed as a skeleton movement from the beginning. After the watchmaker’s precise and meticulous conception, whether it is the overall layout or the aesthetic design, the impeccable best effect has been achieved, thus creating a beautiful and exquisite works. The splint is carefully carved, and the specially shaped movement is the dial.
With its unique design and hollow plywood, most of this movement is exposed. In this Crash skeleton watch, all surface details meet the requirements of fine watchmaking: frosted sanding of steel parts, chamfering of Roman numerals and side polishing. The exquisite skeletonized movement specially made for the case of the Crash watch once again demonstrates Cartier’s unique status as an art master and creative master. The brand boldly subverts the tradition and the pioneering spirit of relentless pursuit of freedom, expanding and sublimating the creative territory of its fine watchmaking series.
Crash skeleton watch
Case: 950 platinum case
Dimensions: 28.15 x 45.32 mm
Crown: 950 platinum bead-shaped crown set with a convex round sapphire
Table mirror: sapphire crystal
Case back: sapphire crystal case back
Hands: Sword-shaped blue steel hands
Case thickness: 9.62 mm
Strap: Grey alligator leather strap
Buckle: 18K white gold folding buckle
Water resistance: 3 bar (~ 30 meters)
Cartier 9618 MC workshop refined manual winding mechanical movement
Roman numerals cut-out bridges indicate hours and minutes
Movement size: 171/4 x 91/2 cents, ie 37.9 x 20.2 mm
Overall movement size: 38.5 x 21.2 mm
Thickness: 3.97 mm
Number of ruby bearings: 20
Number of movement parts: 138
Balance frequency: 28,800 times per hour
Power reserve: about 3 days