At the Geneva watch fair this year, in addition to updating its hottest Santos series, Cartier’s newly released Tonneau watch is also worth a look. After all, the new model of the barrel style really makes It is unforgettable. The Tonneau watch was born two years after the Santos collection and is one of Cartier’s oldest watches. The Tonneau watch truly lives up to its name. The meaning of “tonneau” in French translates into a wooden barrel, which corresponds to the shape of the barrel of the watch. It once again breaks through the traditional aesthetics of the round watch and has become a very personal example of modern watches. The new Tonneau models released this year include simple entry models and dual time zone skeleton watches. They inherit the original elements from the classic models and also have innovative designs. Let’s take a look at the Tonneau watch together. A double time-zone skeletonized watch.
The new Tonneau dual time zone models are available in 18K rose gold and platinum, with a limited edition of 100 pieces. In order to retain the original barrel shape this time, Cartier can say that he has spent all his efforts and used two major technologies on the new model. First, all the gear trains are placed at 6 and 12 o’clock to ensure the slim shape of the watch. Secondly, the structure of the movement has been reshaped to show a curved shape, so that it can fit the contour of the barrel model.
Watch real shot
The Tonneau dual time skeleton skeleton watch measures 37.8mm x 24mm and is only 7.9mm thick, retaining the lightweight texture of the model. The case is made of platinum, which is different from other materials, exuding the elegant and luxurious texture unique to platinum. The sides are brushed, and the bezel is polished with a polishing process, showing two very different metallic effects.
The bezel is integrally formed, and its contour is integrated with the lugs. The ‘armament screw’ that decorates the lugs is an important iconic design of Cartier. It continues the brand’s 1910 design and has a distinctive aesthetic.
The crown at 2 o’clock is set with a blue convex round gem, and the crown at 4 o’clock can be adjusted by pressing the second time zone.
The design of the watch is inspired by the brand’s TonneauXL dual time zone watch launched at the beginning of this century. It uses two independent mechanisms to display the time in different time zones with two independent dials. But at the same time, the brand is also considered from the perspective of aesthetics. The two time zone mechanisms are connected to each other, which has both practicality and aesthetic value. The dial is equipped with Cartier’s classic minute track and blue steel hands, which is easy and convenient to read.
The watch uses a blue alligator leather strap, decorated with natural cracks, showing the gentleman’s style.
The watch is equipped with a Cartier 9919MC homemade manual winding movement. In addition to showing off the powerful hollowing process, this movement arranges the gear train vertically to adapt to the special case shape. We can observe it through the transparent case back. The overall structure of the movement.
In summary: Cartier has always been impeccable in terms of watch appearance, but in fact its watchmaking skills are also excellent. This year’s Tonneau dual time zone watch model released by Cartier this year has a bright feeling. It is equipped with its own self-developed movement, while driving the horizontal and linear dual time zone mechanism, allowing the gear train to operate steadily, showing the brand everywhere. Watchmaking skills and individual spirit. (Picture / text watch home Wu Fengqi)