Designing a movement requires a long, complicated and rigorous R & D process, which perfectly integrates master craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. The development of a new mechanical movement faces two challenges: not only must it be technically perfect, but it must also meet the creative requirements of watch design.
It takes several years for a complex function movement to be fully worked by the watch designer, and several senior craftsmen apply several + craftsmanship before it can be finally formed. It all starts with a flash of light. The designer first sketched a rough outline and drew basic mechanical construction and movement details. Subsequently, the movement plan was transformed into a three-dimensional design of each component, and the watchmaker evaluated whether it could work normally. Before making a large-scale model, the functionality of the movement must be verified, and then a working prototype of the movement for testing and approval must be produced.
Only experienced and skilled watchmakers can create high-end watchmaking works. Because to assemble a complex function movement, you must be familiar with the function of each component. After a few years of hard work, their accumulated experience has enabled them to master the various professional skills required for the assembly and adjustment of complex-function watches. Gears, ruby bearings, escapement mechanism, spiral ruthenium and bridge, each component is carefully assembled in strict order to ensure the perfect operation of the movement.
The hand finishing of the fine watchmaking movement gives the timepiece its unique charm. Before final assembly, the craftsmen use special tools and traditional techniques to manually polish each part of the movement. Regardless of whether it is directly in the eyes or hidden, the precise decoration of the movement components makes each fine watchmaking work unique and unique. In extremely small scales, the bridge is chamfered by a polishing machine. The fine filing of the sides does not affect the polishing of the corners, and the surface of certain specific parts needs to be ‘mirror polished’. Sometimes it takes +5 hours to decorate a single component. In the hollow movement like a miniature building, the precision and complexity of its craftsmanship are unparalleled. The transparent effect of the hollowing process makes the movement exquisite and complex at a glance, showing the extraordinary skills of the master of the movement modification.
1904 MC: the latest achievement in Cartier watchmaking
Cartier’s willingness to develop its own movements, whether ordinary or complex, proves that the brand has always regarded the great tradition of integration into Swiss watchmaking workshops as one of its top priorities. Therefore, Cartier created the first self-made calibre 1904 MC calibre in 2010, which reflects the brand’s tireless and ambitious exploration and research on the cutting edge of the mechanical watch industry for many years.
Accuracy, sturdiness and reliability are the important criteria that Cartier followed when developing its first self-winding mechanical movement. The 1904 MC movement combines technicality and aesthetics. Its naming is to commemorate the founding year of Cartier’s watchmaking history, which perfectly meets the highest requirements of brand creation.
Regardless of the degree of winding of the watch, whether it has been worn for _ hours or a whole day, the design of this 11 ”” 1 / 2-inch sub-caliber ensures perfect timing stability. The movement is equipped with a dual barrel to ensure excellent control of the winding torque (the source of the watch’s long-term power), thereby achieving control and stability of timing accuracy.
The 1904 MC movement is equipped with a precise adjustment system, which can perfectly adjust the timing accuracy of the movement. This key operation that guarantees the accuracy of the watch is completed by the Cartier master watchmaker through the fine adjustment of the ‘C’ shape fast and slow hands.
To enable every wearer to precisely adjust his watch to the second, Cartier equipped a 1-second MC movement in the 1904 MC movement. Pull the crown completely out, and the small second hand will stop immediately; push the crown back to the position close to the case, and the second hand will restart.
Movement: Cartier workshop refined mechanical movement with automatic winding, hour and minute display, small second hand, calendar display
Diameter: 11 ”’’1/2 fen, which is 25.6 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Number of ruby bearings: 27
Machine® Parts: 186
Oscillating weight: equipped with automatic winding pawl
Balance frequency: 28.800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48 hours
Detail decoration: both the bridge and the pendulum are decorated with Geneva ripple