So, 2013 is already here, and the 2013 edition of the SIHH is just moments ahead. Here we have some extremely luxurious timepieces for you, incredibly interesting and good looking – this is the Crash Limited Edition 2013 from Cartier.
The timepieces in this series will feature 18-carat white or rose gold cases measuring 35.4 mm x 25.5 mm, shaped extremely interestingly. They don’t resemble any conventional squares or circles used by today’s watchmakers, but something utterly different.
Having been unveiled in 1967, the origins of the Cartier Crash series are thought to have emerged from a pretty serious car accident which Cartier London’s Vice President was caught into. He was reportedly wearing an oval Cartier Bagnoire Alongee timepiece during the accident, which had melted onto his wrist, taking the shape of Dali’s famous melting watches.
The original design was later captured by Jean-Jacques Cartier, who reproduced it into the shapes we’re seeing here. The dials of these gorgeous wristwatches boast with vintage mineral-crystal, 150 diamonds which total 2.15 carats and a solid caseback. Furthermore, the Crash limited edition series has already known two famous comebacks, back in 1991 and 1993, and is now available in four models.
They can be chosen with a diamond bracelet with 471 diamonds (summing up at around 4.27 carats) in pink or white gold, again, depending on the wanted version. A total of 267 timepieces with gold bracelets will reportedly be manufactured, alongside 67 units with bracelets embellished with diamonds.