The French brand Cartier isnt usually the top-of-mind choice when one is on the lookout for mechanical watches, amusing those who are in the know. After all, after being founded in 1847, it was one of the very first manufacture to produce mens wristwatches. The Cartier Privee Collection which is as rare as theyre magnificent is perhaps one of the best kept secret amongst connoisseurs of haute horlogerie. Available in various forms and dimensions, the series comes only in precious 18k gold or platinum, easily identifiable with "Paris" located beneath the Cartier logo on the face although in older models, it is on the caseback. Except a few limited editions, Cartier Privee Collection are powered by an automatic movement. A symbol of Cartiers heritage, the Cartier Privee Collection may feature time only or complications like annual calendar, chronograph, jump hour, or power reserve.