By its very nature, fads come and go and the watch industry is has seen its fair share of them. However, the two-tone dealtime watch is one that has transcended trend-status to become a bona fide classic style. From old-world heritage brands to cutting-edge niche brands, just about every watchmaker has dipped their toes into the two-tone look—and sometimes in surprising ways.
Santos De Cartier Skeleton
In 1978, Replica Cartier presented its very first two-tone watch with the introduction of the modern Santos, complete with a yellow gold square bezel on top of a steel case and gold screws running down a steel bracelet.
One look at the dial it is apparent that this is not a traditional skeleton movement and dial configuration. Fake Cartier cleverly designed the manual-wound Caliber 9611 MC so that the skeletonized baseplate serves as the oversized Roman numerals. The steel and yellow gold case measures 28 mm x 28 mm and the “QuickSwitch” system means you can swap out the bi-colored metal bracelet for a leather strap as you please.
Black is a color that is nearly always appropriate to wear. Also in watchmaking does it have a dominant position, especially when it comes to dials and straps. Black cases were for a long time a rarity. At the beginning of the last century, some brands, likeFake Cartier, for example, experimented with bakelite cases. These watches were scarce then, and even more so now.
Today there are several materials which a brand can utilize to create a black cartier replica watch case. The traditional PVD-coating is now joined by other black coatings, such as those made from ‘Diamond-Like Carbon,’ which are more resistant to wear.
Santos de Cartier Skeleton “Noctambule”
Cartier has been using black coatings within some of their model ranges for quite some years now. Especially the Santos was available in a few varieties with a black case. This year La Maison launched the Replica Santos de Cartier Skeleton “Noctambule.” The case of this watch is made out of stainless steel, yet covered with a black ADLC-coating. This stands for Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon, which is a very hard material that is very difficult to scratch. Cartier applies a brushed finish to it, which it perfectly highlights the unique skeleton movement, another hallmark of the brand.