The Comeback of the Tonneau in the Cartier Privé Collection

By rolex
May 25, 2021
7 min read

The Tonneau Watch via Cartier consistently had an uncommon spot among gatherers. Surely less popular than other formed watches planned by the Parisian Maison (Tortue, Crash, Tank, Santos, Drive, Ballon Bleu, and some more), it stays perhaps the most unique and unquestionably quite possibly the most exquisite manifestations at any point executed via Cartier. Because of the Revival of the “Privé” marking, with the reevaluation of the Crash in 2015 and the Tank Cintrée in 2017, we see the arrival of those wonderful shapes watches in the brand’s portfolio. For the SIHH 2019, the Tonneau Watch is organizing a comeback.

The Cartier Tonneau, An Icon brought into the world in 1906

The Cartier Tonneau is perhaps the most punctual wristwatch made via Cartier. Just a brief time after the presentation of the Santos (made by Louis Cartier in 1904 for his companion Santos-Dumont), Cartier again tested the idea of the round pocket watch with one more formed wristwatch. The actual name, “Tonneau”, alludes to the state of the watch, as this interesting French word implies “barrel” – around then, showcasing gatherings were likely less difficult than today…

Interestingly, the barrel or tonneau shape turned out to be moderately en vogue during the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, when most watches were planned after the standards of Art Deco. However, Cartier was some way or another a forerunner with the Tonneau Watch. Lengthened, slim, bended (the case isn’t flat but genuinely follows the arch of the wrist), it was the appropriate meaning of the dandy’s watch. The history of Cartier shows that the Tonneau is the second most established wristwatch model – however that doesn’t mean the second most elegant.

With its prolonged and smooth profile, just as its shockingly slim tie, this watch might have been viewed as a lady’s piece by a few. In any case, when Cartier chose to bring it back, no questions were conceivable any longer. Profiting by the air of the CPCP collection, which resuscitated the vast majority of Cartier’s notable molded watches during the 1990s and 2000s, the Tonneau would be relaunched for its 100th commemoration in 2006, with restricted release pieces in contemporary sizes.

Above: in 2006, to praise the 100th commemoration of the model, Cartier dispatched two renditions of this watch under the CPCP (Collection Privée Cartier Paris). One of these watches was the hand-wound time-only Cartier Tonneau XL and the other was the Cartier Tonneau XL Two Time Zone.

Both 2006 watches were amazingly devoted to the first 1906 idea, anyway showing the typical characteristics of the CPCP collection – dark Roman numerals, blued hands (blade hands or ‘Breguet’ hands) and, obviously, the gleaming white guilloché “Rose Motif” dial and “Paris” engraving. While the time-just model remaining parts incredibly basic regarding mechanics, the Tonneau XL Two Time Zone was somewhat more complex and incorporated not one but rather two little hand-wound Piguet developments (implying that each time region is totally free of the other).

These two watches have by one way or another motivated what is the 2019 Tonneau Watch collection you’re going to find, in any case, Cartier has chosen to keep simply the famous highlights and to bring a slight portion of advancement for the SIHH 2019 watches, dispatched under the elite Cartier Privé sub-brand.

The 2019 Cartier Tonneau Watch Large Hand-Wound

Among the two “Cartier Privé” watches dispatched for 2019, the first is the most devoted reevaluation of the first 1906 model. Named the Cartier Tonneau Watch Large Model, it is, much the same as its precursor, a period in particular, hand-wound piece with an undisputable elegance.

Most of the notable highlights of the 1906 and 2006 models are as yet present in the 2019 model, specifically, the first barrel-shape. This watch is a show of savoir-faire from Cartier, which aces the utilization of arched and inward shapes here. The case is barrel-molded in a flat manner as well as an afterthought. Both the dial side (bezel and precious stone) and the caseback are bended – however not with the very spiral (that would be excessively straightforward). The case measures now 46.1mm x 26.2mm, which remains moderately little considering current principles for men’s watches.

The extents are as yet unchanged: a thin case, a lengthened profile (and flimsy as well, at 8.8mm) and still this obsolete, somewhat rococo however quite exquisite thin leather tie – which gives all its appeal to this watch. The drags are as yet decorated with screws and the crown includes a sapphire or ruby cabochon. Two variants are introduced, one in rose gold and one in platinum.

The dial is absolutely the primary update on this 2019 Cartier Privé Tonneau. Gone is the shimmering white dial with guilloché design and rather the watch includes a dark or champagne-hued, sunburst dial with applied and cleaned Roman numerals (along these lines a last year’s Tank Cintrée). The style is more current yet completely Cartier.

Powering this watch is a hand-wound assembling development (Caliber 1917 MC), a formed development (16mm x 12.9mm, with a slight 2.9mm profile) that flaunts a 38h force save and shows the hours and minutes.

While the Platinum model is a restricted creation of 100 pieces, the other pink gold release will be offered as a standard watch. Costs (subject to change) will be USD 22,400 (rose gold) and USD 26,200 (platinum).

The 2019 Cartier Tonneau Watch Extra-Large Skeleton Dual-Time

The second watch to be presented as a component of this SIHH 2019 Cartier Privé collection is a cutting edge and specialized interpretation of the symbolic Daum-Time model dispatched in 2006. Notwithstanding, not any more double development here, not any more plain guilloché dial and not any more conventional plan. The new 2019 Cartier Tonneau Watch Extra-Large Skeleton Dual-Time is top of the line watchmaking and 21st century-infused.

Before we see what truly is the masterpiece of this watch (spoiler: its development), we should take a gander at what hasn’t changed, and what really makes it brilliant; its case and shape. Much the same as the time-just model over, the case is twofold bended and reconsiders the exemplary barrel-state of the Tonneau Watch. Notwithstanding, we have a somewhat more rakish case here, with more manly measurements – measuring 52.4mm x 29.8mm and 11.9mm in stature (expect a rather long watch on the wrist).

Other notorious highlights, like the twofold crown with cabochons with sapphire stones, the screws on the hauls or the extra-thin leather lash are as yet present. One of the specificities of the first Dual-Time model was to include two free developments – and that was obviously a simple arrangement thinking about the absence of room and the ebb and flow of the case, to get two diverse time-regions in such a watch.

The 2019 Cartier Tonneau Watch Extra-Large Skeleton Dual-Time doesn’t take easy routes with regards to the mechanics. While the watch actually shows double cross zones, it presently comes from one single movement. However, considering the state of the Tonneau Watch, this wasn’t simple. To hold the case’s extended structure, all the wheels of the stuff train must be adjusted somewhere in the range of 12 and 6 o’clock. Then the state of the development went through change, being made to bend so it fits inside the bended profile of the Tonneau Watch. The stuff train highlights calculated cutting on its barrel and escapement wheel. The whole development in this manner follows the curve of the watch.

Finally, to make it considerably more Cartier, the skeletonized contact has been applied in this Tonneau Watch Extra-Large Skeleton Dual-Time. All the extensions follow the state of the case and furthermore assume a part in the presentation making two separate sub-dials to recognize the home time from the nearby time. This development, hand-wound by the crown at 2 o’clock, flaunts a 60h force save and beats at 4Hz. The subsequent time region is changed by pushing on the crown at 4 o’clock and by one-hour jumps.

Two releases of the 2019 Cartier Tonneau Watch Extra-Large Skeleton Dual-Time will be officially presented at the SIHH, one in rose gold (USD 68,500) and one in platinum (USD 78,500). Both are restricted to 100 pieces. More subtleties at www.cartier.com .