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With SIHH 2019 fast approaching, Cartier has unveiled a two-piece collection Privé Tonneau line, featuring the Time-Only and Dual Time Zone variants in gold and platinum. Offering a glimpse into the watchmaker’s arsenal for not just the prestigious convention but also the coming year, the Privé Tonneau strives for minimalism and also features Cartier’s trademark bold numerical dial. In the Tonneau Skeleton version, Cartier has created a dual time-zone mechanism in a skeletal build, the latter being a new territory for the brand. 

Privé Tonneau Pink Gold
Privé Tonneau Platinum

To begin with the Privé Tonneau Time Only, the watch at first might resemble a traditional design, but that’s primarily because it is a nod to the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP), a range that included high-end mechanical watches that were produced for a decade starting in 1998; its traditional large dial aesthetic was in turn inspired by a classic 1906 design. The timepiece has a limited 100-piece capsule run this time around.

Cartier Privé Tonneau Collection

With variants in pink gold or platinum, the timepiece’s shape is oblong and curved, which follows the contours of the wrist. Roman numerals, a cabochon on the winding crown, leather strap and screws on the lugs – the codes of Cartier watchmaking are all present in this watch. The polished, rhodium-plated numerals and the ruby cabochon crown all come together in an exquisite blend. 

Cartier Privé Tonneau Collection
Cartier Tonneau Skeleton Dual Time Zone

Call it a revival or a comeback, but with this line, Cartier has strived to elevate the Tonneau watch to the ranks of designer object. This aspect the watchmaker has further driven home with the Tonneau Skeleton Dual Time Zone. With this timepiece, Cartier pays tribute to the original Tonneau XL dual time zone model in the CPCP collection, which was Cartier’s first endeavour towards a dual-time dial. Just like the Prive Tonneau Time Only, this too comes in pink gold and platinum variants. With its open case back, the dual mechanisms for dials are elegantly displayed. Catering to its dual dials, the timepiece also features two crowns, placed at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock respectively, enriched in rubies. The watches too are numbered editions of 100 pieces.

Cartier Privé Tonneau Collection

There’s also a third model in the mix, which comes in a limited run of 20 pieces available with a baguette-cut diamond-set platinum case. Pricing will be displayed at SIHH, in January 2019. Until then, we revel in the excellence of design that is quintessentially Cartier.

All images: Courtesy Cartier

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.