I think the Cle line is appealing —I tried one on about the time they were being discontinued — I found the crown a bit idiosyncratic.

Nov 13, 2023,12:10 PM

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No Love for Clé ?

 By: Clueless_Collector : November 13th, 2023-03:14
Cartier released these back in SiHH 2015 and discontinued them sometime last year? Does anyone know why is this Clé (The Key) family not much talked about? Is it because back then there wasn’t much IG, Social Media and influencers to “promote” it? Or is i...  

I liked it.

 By: patrick_y : November 13th, 2023-04:37
But at the time, The Cle wasn't distinct enough. The case is a very 1950s/60s style. And the crown wasn't super distinctive like Pasha. Buyers of Cartier typically go for "obvious" designs and the Ballon Bleu was the hot item amongst housewives. I've even... 

Pretty well said, Patrick.

 By: Brandon Skinner : November 13th, 2023-06:08
I used to work for a Cartier AD and I got the feeling women didn't view the Cle as an aesthetic upgrade over the more common/historical offerings in the Cartier lineup nor the almighty Ballon Bleu. One thing for sure is the crown was a pain in the arse to... 

Thanks for these insights…..

 By: Clueless_Collector : November 13th, 2023-06:14
I liked how you described the practicality of the crown, lol….a main feature of this watch 😅 Who knows in future these might make a comeback in next century, when Cartier looked at their “archives”, like history repeating itself now with the Chinoise, Nor... 

I liked it too.

 By: patrick_y : November 14th, 2023-19:56
I liked the case. I found the crown finicky but that sapphire gave it a lot of Cartier dna. I saw it being launched at SIHH and I liked it but I had my doubts that it would be a big commercial success like Ballon Bleu.

Neither does mine... ;)

 By: amanico : November 13th, 2023-22:04

Agreed, somehow I can’t swallow these Cartier high end stuff…

 By: Clueless_Collector : November 13th, 2023-18:07
Even the “regular” skeletons are too rich for me imho, but the brand was known for Royals so maybe commoners like me are not their target audience.

It’s all about trends …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 13th, 2023-15:03
The Cartier catalog has plenty of choice and the majority of people keep to the classic Cartier designs.

The good news is…

 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 13th, 2023-18:22
You could find a nice pre owned example available.


 By: Cpt Scarlet : November 13th, 2023-20:45