Cartier Revisits the Past with the Crash Skeleton

The new watch has a skeletonized dial that reveals its unconventional movement…

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)

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