Shaped watches are a key feature of fake Cartier. Some models like the Swiss quality fake Cartier Tank Française are defined by their hard, sharp edges, while others such as the Ballon Bleu de Cartier are comprised entirely of soft, sensual curves. Most timepieces from the maison will fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, of course. The Santos de Cartier, for instance, sports straight edges that are softened by rounded corners, while the Cartier Crash replica completely defies any sort of categorisation with its irregular outline.
The challenges involved in creating a shaped timepiece are aplenty, but Cartier copy routinely overcomes them all. For a start, there is the obstacle regarding internal space for the movement – while a squarish case can still accommodate a regular round movement, an oblong- or oval-shaped one is a far more difficult fit. Cartier’s solution has been to work within these constraints by engineering matching shaped movements.
The Tank Asymétrique, skeleton dial replica Cartier Crash, and Tank Cintrée are just some prime examples of these. The Tank Cintrée’s custom calibre is especially amazing – it is curved along its longest axis to match the internal space of the watch case, which necessitates three-dimensional displacements of various components. With such ingenious watches, the maison doesn’t just show off its eye for design, but also its expertise with movement development.