Cheap Cartier Replica experimented with many different timepiece case and dial designs, many of which the brand still produces today. Such was the case with the tonneau-shaped watch first introduced by Cartier in 1906. Today, we take a look at the Cartier Prive Tonneau Skeleton XL Dual Time reference WHTN0006 Platinum, which is a great combination of Cartier’s yesterday and today.
Although less common today, dual-time replica watches with two 12-hour dials on the main dial were invented a long time ago. Such dual time display watches have long been used by people who need to know local time and other times.
Offering a time display in a 12-hour format and another in a 24-hour format, GMT watches disrupted the market of traditional dual-hour watches that provided slightly less information on their own. That said, people always tend to be interested in watches that can display the time in multiple time zones, and a dual 12-hour time dial like this one is a special touch for this type of product.
This elongated Tonneau XL Skeleton clone watch is part of a larger Prive watch collection that also happens to be one of the most distinctive Cartier watches. Tonneau (barrel) case designs are still popular, but these longer, narrower types are rare these days. The 950 platinum case is 29.8mm thick at its widest point and 52.4mm long.
The case is also 11.9mm thick and features sapphire crystals on the front and back of the case. Very important in the elegance of this case design is that the case is not only curved on the sides, but also the case itself. This helps it fit better on the wrist, but is also crucial to making the case look better on the wrist.
A cabochon sapphire crystal is attached to each crown, and a blue alligator leather strap is attached to the case. What makes this otherwise retro timepiece more modern is the use of a skeletonized movement. Inside the Cartier Prive Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time Replica Watch is an in-house manufactured Cartier 9919 MC mechanical movement.
The 9919 MC is hand-wound with a 60-hour power reserve and runs at 4Hz. The movement consists of 197 parts and features two dials that share the same gear train. The movement is highly skeletonized, heavily hand-finished, and the ingenious design incorporates the dials of the time, elegantly accommodating the tonneau shape that is not often seen in the movement itself.
Functionally, this type of dual-time movement is very different from your standard Exact replica watch. The time dials are completely independent of each other – meaning they can be set to any time you like using their respective crowns.
You can’t even account for a 30 minute time zone difference. The system does help you make sure your time doesn’t sync, but it does have limitations. A system like this allows you to set any time to whatever time you like – down to the minute. The reading time of Cartier’s signature blue-steel sword-shaped hands is quite good.
The Cartier Prive Tonneau XL grade 1 replica watch is undoubtedly a dress or an elegant watch, not a sporty one. To me, it does a good job of delivering the simple satisfaction of an easy-to-understand movement and the pleasing luxury of a heavy platinum case. It also manages to satisfy retro watch lovers as well as those who prefer the look of a modern skeleton watch dial.