The Basics

The Clé de Cartier was introduced at SIHH 2015. The case, available in a number of sizes, has a soft profile somewhere in between ’round’ and ‘cushion’. While at first glance the look is not unlike watches from the late sixties and early seventies, both details and finish are distinctively modern and Cartier. It’s name is a reference to the clever locking system of the crown – the ‘key’. The Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hours builds upon the brand’s long tradition of mysterious clocks, with the hands seemingly floating in thin air through the use of a crescent shaped movement and clever gearing. Reference WHCL0003 has a palladium case.

Brand: Cartier
Family: Clé de Cartier
Reference: WHCL0003
Name: Clé de Cartier 41 Mysterious Hours Palladium
Produced: 2015
Limited: No

Below is a detailed look at Cartier’s model WHCL0003 from Clé de Cartier watch family, including the price, case details and movement features.

Cartier Clé de Cartier WHCL0003

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The Details

Cartier’s Clé de Cartier 41 Mysterious Hours Palladium (WHCL0003) was originally released in 2015. This watch features a hand-wound movement beating at a frequency of 28800 bph ( 4 Hz) to provide a 48-hour power reserve when fully wound.

The Case

The palladium case measures 41mm in diameter and roughly 11.25mm thick. The cushion case is paired with a skeleton color dial with sword-shaped hands, and a roman numerals hour markers and minute track, covered by a sapphire glass. Cartier’s Clé de Cartier model WHCL0003 is water resistant up to 30 meters (98 ft). A display caseback is over the back of the watch case.

Material: Palladium
Glass: Sapphire
Back: Display
Shape: Cushion
Diameter: 41mm
Height: 11.25mm
Lug Width: N/Amm
W/R: 30

Case Diameter

Case Thickness

Lug Width

Water Resistance

The Movement

The Clé de Cartier WHCL0003 movement is a powered by caliber 9981 MC made by Cartier. The 27-jewel hand-wound movement is 31.9mm in diameter. Its balance wheel oscillates at 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour or 4 Hz. This movement offers a 48-hour power reserve.

Type: Hand-Wound
Brand: Cartier
Caliber: 9981 MC
Base: N/A
Display: Analog
Diameter: 31.9mm
Jewels: 27
Reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 28800 bph
Time: Hours, Minutes

The Price

How much does the Cartier’s Clé de Cartier WHCL0003 cost? This watch was introduced in 2015 and has been in Cartier’s collection for around . This watch is not a limited release. As with most luxury watches, the price of depends on the availability and demand.

CURRENT PRICE: Not Available

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  • Brand: Cartier
  • Model: Clé de Cartier 41 Mysterious Hours Palladium
  • Reference Number: WHCL0003
  • Limited: No

Case & Dial:

  • Material: Palladium
  • Glass: Sapphire
  • Back: Display
  • Diameter: 41
  • Thickness: 11.25
  • Lug Width: N/A
  • Dial Color: Skeleton
  • Indexes: Roman Numerals and Sword-shaped hands
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters


  • Winding: Hand-Wound
  • Brand: Cartier
  • Caliber: 9981 MC
  • Display: Analog
  • Diameter: 31.9mm
  • Jewels: 27
  • Power Reserve: 48 hours
  • Frequency: 28800 bph
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes

About Cartier

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Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 by master jeweler Louis Francois Cartier. His son Alfred took over in 1874, but it would be the grandsons Louis, Pierre and Jacques lay the foundation for to building the brand into what it is today. The company would remain in hands of the family until 1972. While primarily a jewelry brand, Cartier has a rich and deep history when it comes to watches. It … introduced its ladies wristwatch well before the end of the 19th century, while the first men’s watch was designed in 1904 at the request of famous aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. The latter would serve as the inspiration for the 1911 Santos wristwatch, one of many icons of the Parisian brand. Cartier is part of the Richemont group.

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