Cintrée still reigns supreme but despite the name, the new Privé Normale is anything but normal. In fact, despite the similar Replica Tank Louis Cartier and Tank Must in the brand’s catalog, to vintage fans like myself, there’s been a hole in the lineup for a while now without the true, original Tank. But it wasn’t bound to be that way forever.
Cartier released six distinct new Normale designs as a part of their much-sought-after Privé collection, but I was most excited for two in particular: the braceleted models in yellow gold and platinum, both made both absolutely phenomenal. The devil is in the details then there’s a lot of devil to dance with.
Let’s start with the dial, both of which are brushed silver with roman numerals with the quintessential “railroad track” hashes around the inside. The Cartier Replica Watches Swiss Movement has the standard refreshed Cartier signature, which is a bolder version of the ones seen in the 1920s.The hands are “epée” hands from the 1940s Normales – blue hands on the yellow gold and silver on the platinum.
All in all, it makes for a legible dial without any major hiccups, though I agree with vintage fans that the dial should have been cream and matte on the yellow gold. The beveled sapphire crystal is also a nice touch. It distorts a bit in pictures but didn’t feel particularly obtrusive when I was wearing it on the wrist.
The Cheap Cartier Replica case is scaled up for modern buyers. I was lucky enough to see three vintage examples of the Normale, including a 1996 piece unique made to recreate a custom watch made for the Prince of Nepal and it is tiny, even compared to the new watch that’s only 32.6 mm x 25.7 mm on the bracelet.
On my 7.25-inch wrist, I thought the watch was perfect, comfortable, and didn’t look at all too small for my taste. But despite being an unnecessary height of 6’7″, I love smaller watches. I’m not trying to force small Cartier Replica Watches on people that like them that large, but I think this can work no matter your size just because of how classic it is.
The movement is apparently finished with Cartier marks (which you can’t see because of the solid caseback). It’s also not an exclusive movement but I can’t find any record of it being used anywhere else. All I can say is that it has a very satisfying wind and one twist of the crown moves the hands incredibly fast through the next hour.
The vertical satin-brushing on the case is just so perfect, especially due to the high-polish chamfers on the “brancards” along the side. It creates a great contrast while leading perfectly into the satin bracelet. Which for me is the highlight of the show.At first, I only had a chance to see the Cartier Replica gold version and promptly skipped the 24-hour skeleton dials and leather straps, skimmed the dial and case, and dove into studying the bracelet. It’s not an integrated bracelet and can be removed, but visually it’s beautiful even if there is a seam between case and bracelet.
Since the Normale, like many of Cartier Mens Watches For Sale offerings, has come in different sizes over the years, I wouldn’t be surprised to see future releases in steel and white gold in three different sizes, from the most traditional small to an even larger size. Until then I’ll be content knowing that the purest Cartier watch has returned and all is right in the lineup again.