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Posted: 21 Nov 2012
If Lotus did watches...
...we might end up with something like this. Lightweight, low-friction and surgically accurate, it's Cartier's new ID2.
Like any carmaker dreaming up a concept car to show off new ideas, Cartier has devised the ID2 to do a very similar job. Its goal is to make mechanical watches more efficient by using the same sort of methods as Colin Chapman once did: lower weight, reduced friction by replacing traditional metal parts with things like fibreglass springs, and better aero (or, actually, none - the movement's sealed in a vacuum). So, sort of like a racing car, the idea is to enable it to run more accurately for longer.