Aside from the Tank Asymétrique (which you can read about here), the new Cartier Pasha is definitely one of the biggest releases we’ve seen so far at Watches & Wonders 2020. Like many other Cartiers, the Pasha reached icon status in the watch world, on par with the Nautilus and the Royal Oak.
Coincidentally, we wrote an article about it a couple of weeks ago. Who knows? We just might have influenced the creative team at Cartier!
Like the two aforementioned models, the Pasha is a polarising watch, too. Its peculiar design provokes an immediate knee-jerk reaction and sparks conversation, perhaps even arguments.
The new Pasha
(and all of its variations) lives up to its predecessor’s hype, transmitting the same effect on watch enthusiasts worldwide, but beware! It’s not a simple remake: this is the 2020 Pasha, and so with it, it brings modern technologies to the table. For example, it’s powered by the anti-magnetic caliber 1847MC; and it has a “QuickSwitch” system which allows you to swap straps/bracelets in the same amount of time it takes you to read this sentence, which really boosts its versatility and personalisation. Speaking of, to add that extra touch and make it truly yours, the Parisian house offers an envgraving option just below the crown chain.
Without going too deep into the details, let’s have a look at the different configurations.
The new Pasha comes in two sizes: 41mm or 35mm. The larger of the two features a date window and the option to swap the elegant leather strap out for a more sporty bracelet. Like the watch itself, the 2020 Pasha’s bracelet brings some modern innovations: the “SmartLink” system allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet without the need for any tools! For the time being, this feature is only available on the steel version.
Both sizes come in either steel or gold – because what would the Pasha be, without a gold version?
These gold versions vary, too: the 41mm Pasha is offered in yellow gold, meanwhile the 35mm version is available in only rose gold. We’ve got word that shortly a version with precious stones will be available, too!
But that’s not all
Like the other iconic models of the Cartier family, such as the new Asymétrique and the Crash, the 2020 Pasha will come in a skeletonised configuration as well.
Yes, the new Pasha received the expert Cartier Skeletonisation treatment, one that they have offered and excelled at for years.
The Roman numerals now have a dual role, as they act as supporting structures and beams to hold the movement in place, proudly showing itself off. The skeletonised version of the Pasha still stays loyal to the design features of the original one, so do not fear: the sapphire Cabochon crown cap still remains, as do the square minute track in the round case – almost like a nod to the perfect proportions of the Vitruvian Man.
Is this still too “standard” for your liking? Don’t worry, Cartier has got your back. The Cartier Pasha Skeleton will also be available with a Tourbillon movement, in either rose gold or white gold with diamonds.
The movement is a skeletonised version of a Roger Dubuis caliber, which came about when one of Cartier’s parent companies acquired the watchmaker back in 2008. If you’ve done your homework, you’d recall that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Pasha with a Tourbillon. The aforementioned caliber is almost entirely identical to that of the Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Flying Tourbillon from 2011, with exception for the Poinçon de Genève. Believe it or not, but this feature alone makes the newer version half the price of its predecessor.
– Translated by Patrick R.