Cartier's newest, the Squelette Automatique has the familiar Cartier DNA with a new look. The "Squelette" part of the name refers to the skeleton movement. The other part should be self-explanatory. This watch showcases the new in-house 9621 MC movement (based on the brand’s 1904 MC in-house movement). The roman numerals are actually not a separate entity, but are part of the movement itself. The new Clé de Cartier Squelette Automatique will retail for €40,000 (~$44,000USD), with production limited to 165 pieces. Very briefly, it's a very nice watch that a very elite group will be happy (or should be) to own.
Earlier in December this watch was unveiled at Shreve, Crump & Low in Greenwich, Connecticut. Extremely focused on the hockey legend, the watch is limited to just 50 pieces (as a tribute to the record Wayne Gretzky set in 1981 by scoring 50 goals in just 38 games. Gretzky's number is set in the 9 o'clock subdial and his signature is visible on the back rotor. The watch has a 44mm gold case and Breitling's BO1 movement. The watch is well-designed and there are a number of very nice additions to the watch, but (and this is just my personal opinion) polished gold is far too flashy, especially for a big watch like this one). Again, that's my personal opinion, but then again I can't see this watch being steel. Maybe brushed gold or two-tone.
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