Timely Revelation: Cartier takes its mastery in skeletonisation and applies it to the iconic Pasha de Cartier watch

By The Time Place Magazine

Renowned for its prowess in superlative watch creation, Cartier also prides itself in its mastery of skeletonisation. A remarkable symbol of its watchmaking capabilities, the design of skeleton watches is based on the notions of full and empty space. Stripped of a dial, these models showcase the flawless balance of the movement, making it appear as if it’s suspended and floating in midair in a sculptural frame. On the front and back of the timepiece, the minutiae of the calibre can be admired and observed. This aesthetic signature is a reflection of the brand’s creative independence, as well as its exquisite craftsmanship and style.

In line with the unveiling of the Santos-Dumont Skeleton Watch last year, Cartier also introduced skeleton models of a grand complication pocket watch framed by a crystal portico and an obsidian base, a Santos de Cartier, and a Pasha de Cartier.

The steel timepiece is offset by blue details 2
The steel timepiece is offset by blue details

Sporty yet luxuriously elegant, the Pasha serves as a defining bridge between the brand’s sports and luxury collections. In 2023, the skeleton version was presented much to the delight of watch aficionados the world over. Yet another display of Cartier’s masterpiece of skeletonisation, the watch bears the same elements that has distinguished the Pasha from other models within the brand’s extensive repertoire, such as its round, water-resistant case with a square design prominently positioned on the dial, four Arabic numerals, screw-down crown cap attached to the case by a small chain, crown set with sapphires, and elegant sword-shaped hands.

Pasha de Cartier Skeleton in rose gold
Pasha de Cartier Skeleton in rose gold

Powering the Pasha de Cartier Skeleton is the calibre 9624 MC, complete with automatic winding. Comprised of 172 part and 28 rubies, the mechanical movement equips the timepiece with a 48-hour power reserve and functions as the centrepiece of this sophisticated model. The mechanism not only serves to drive the watch but also lends a unique aesthetic appeal as it is beautifully seen through the sapphire crystal, while hours and minutes with skeletonised bridges form Arabic numerals. This impeccably innovative design is rounded out by diamond-shaped hands that point elegantly to the time.

Calibre 9624 MC is also visible through the watch case back
Calibre 9624 MC is also visible through the watch case back

Available in a 41 mm diameter, the watch is delivered in either sturdy stainless steel or elegant rose gold. The former has blued-steel hands, while the latter showcases hands rendered in rose gold. Fortified with the powerhouse movement, the models feature distinct innovations to their bracelets/straps and are distinguished by the type and colour of these very elements. The steel rendition comes complete with a steel bracelet featuring the “SmartLink” adjustment system and a second strap in dark grey alligator skin, with an interchangeable steel deployant buckle. Whereas the rose gold version comes with two luxurious alligator skin straps, one in black and another in dark grey; both straps are fitted with a rose gold 750/1000 folding buckle. All the alligator skin straps are equipped with the innovative “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system.

Calibre 9624 MC is also visible through the watch case back 1
Calibre 9624 MC is also visible through the watch case back

A wonderful interpretation that elevates the line to an entirely new level, the Pasha de Cartier Skeleton continues the brand’s unparalleled legacy in exceptional watchmaking.

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