I have been stalking this watch for over a year. I Love it.
It is actually modeled after an alligator, having something to do with an actress or opera singer who wanted something made by Cartier for her to resemble a little alligator or crocodile. They came up with the famous wrap around watch when you open the mouth the inside shows the watch face (yuck!)
Anyway this is a gorgeous piece - I am looking to get it in the yellow or rose gold no diamonds. I have a diamond watch in white gold already and don't want to do a repeat.
If you go to the Cartier web site, it also comes with the same face but with leather straps which creates and entirely new look.
gelbergirl, happy to hear that I am not the only person eyeing this watch! You are right, it's a croc/alligator and not snake inspired. I saw the one with the burgundy croc straps at the site!
Ideally, I would love to have the rose gold, no diamonds, but have gone over budget recently with bags in recent months.
May have to settle for steel. I had a gold/silver Cartier demoiselle but sold it since it wasn't "working" for me. As to other Cartier watches, upon further reflection, I am not sure I like any of the others.