I am a huge fan of practical art — the innovative designs where style and beauty hasn’t had to give way to an obsession over mechanics and performance, and vice-versa. The Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato — eye wateringly handsome, but not out of ideas when shown a corner at speed. A set of Boss & Co. over-under shotguns — ideal exhibit pieces or collector’s gems, but also flawless when put to use within the area. Finding the equilibrium is an amazing niche.
Another area of manufacture which can boast detaining this meticulous attention to detail and form is wristwatches. The names — Breitling, Rolex, Cartier, etc. — get the nod of approval in regards to functional art. A quick flick onto their websites instantly smacks you using an eclectic range of timepieces which are painfully pretty, while also utilizing cutting edge technologies.
The Calibre de Cartier watches Diver range, branded as authentic diving tools, falls nicely into this bracket, as along with the anticipated looks and function, it’s a party trick from the way of water resistance to 300 metres. So striking, high quality, and waterproof — it’s a strong repertoire.
Other specs of note are its rubber band, maximum-precision unidirectional turning bezel coated with ADLC, time-control screens in Super-LumiNova and 1904 MC movement. Fundamentally, Cartier, as they’ve been doing since the company was established in Paris in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, are continuing to push the boundaries of technology.
The Aston Zagato and pair of Boss firearms are in good company.