Cartier “Captive” Shiny Diamond Watch for SIHH 2010

Embellished with dazzling round diamonds totalling 3 carats, employing a lot of white gold, the Cartier “Captive” watch is doomed to be highlighted in the SIHH 2010. Despite of still one month away from its official release time, we are lucky to have the chance to see it through a close-up shot.

Firstly, I am surprised by the undersized case for “Captive” model, only 35mm in diameter. This is obviously against Cartier’s stylistic grandeur. However, I really appreciate the clarity and simplicity owned by this new watch. We all know Cartier is one of the most prestigious jeweller and watchmaker, so a perfect integration of jewels and watchmaking is what we expect from Cartier. Now the “Captive” watch made it, with ease.

The rhodium-plated white gold dial, paved with round diamonds and protected by a Sapphire crystal, appears to be a little large for its diameter. The hour markers have been turned into 12 round diamonds lines, surrounding the “tiny” hands, very impressive. The blue in hands collaborated with the white in dial and the sparkle in diamonds, results in a strong visual effect and brings a great readability. The dial and light grey brushed canvas strap are joint by a connected ring at the 12 o’clock, which is also decorated by shiny diamonds, a fancy nifty touch.

This impressive timepiece, powered by a quartz movement, keeps the simplicity style in its functions: just display the hours and minutes. The water resistant is up to 30 meters. We can’t expect more for this diamond gold watch, because it’s good enough at its own job.


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