The Cartier Drive Extra Flat in steel, which is set to be released this fall, features the Cartier 430 MC (based on a Piaget movement) that allows for an extra-thin case (6.6 mm thick) and wears well at 38 mm wide by 39 mm tall in case dimensions. Priced at $5,600 you get classic Cartier styling, a minimalist no-date dial and a versatile blue crocodile strap with a standard tang buckle. The fact that it’s a manual wind movement makes this Cartier Drive a strong contender for your dress watch slot if you haven’t filled it yet.
For those concerned with matching your leathers, the blue strap works well because it can go with brown or black shoes, and it makes the blue hands on the Drive Extra Flat. What we also like about this version over the standard Drive is a slightly smaller overall case size and simpler dial. There’s no small seconds hand and no date complication, making it easy to fit this watch into your dressier day at the office job. The solid caseback also simplifies this watch, adding to its overall non-fussy nature.
This is the Cartier watch that is quite suitable for a younger man or a man who feels young at heart. Although Cartier watches, from the Tank to Santos series, are considered one of the most traditional brands to own for watch collectors, many look too old-fashioned in our opinion. The case proportions and all-steel take make this a Cartier that looks completely at home in jeans and T-shirt or even sweatpants (!) dare we say.