With several unique contributions to Haute Horlogerie over the years, Cartier has cemented its position as an icon in the watchmaking industry. Most of the brand’s creations are spectacles, and the new 2021 collection is no exception.
Cartier introduced three new timepieces that intend to propel the aesthetic limits of skeletonisation. Interestingly, the brand designed these new watches based on Maison’s design traditions and the floating mystery dials.
So the brand-new Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Precious ‘Icons Set’ consists of –
All these three new Cartier watches exhibit the complex tourbillon escapement via visual frontiers. Continue reading to explore more.
Cartier’s relation with mystery timepieces began during the first years of the 20th century. The brand released the popular ‘mystery clocks’ where the hands appeared like floating the clock’s transparent body with no visible link to the movement.
In fact, the hands were affixed to two crystal discs equipped with zigzag metal edges. However, the movement activated these discs and that, in turn, the two hands.
Nonetheless, the three new Cartier models provide different elucidation of the watchmaking classic. Cartier produced each model in limited numbers of only five pieces.
Let’s kick off the unique trio of Rotonde De Cartier timepieces with the Astromysterieux.
The new Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux boasts a 43.5mm platinum case, an aquamarine cabochon-encrusted winding crown and a matching alligator strap. Moreover, the dial flaunts a tiny chemin-de-fer minute track and an outer ring with Roman numerals.
The Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux looks nearly phenomenal in its execution. Cartier introduced the mystery dial concept in 1912, taking inspiration from a vision given by Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin – the famous French horologists and illusionist.
Thanks to the sapphire disk linking the case to the movement, Cartier incorporates an orbital tourbillon assembly and the timeless mystery dial concept for the new Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux. Moreover, the Maison extended the tourbillon carriage to bear the watch’s entire gear train, including the balance wheel and mainspring barrel.
However, the dial’s inner part is left to the hand-wound Calibre 9462 MC movement with only 5.9mm thickness. It offers a 55hours power reserve and beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Cartier suspended the Calibre 9462 MC movement on a tourbillon carriage secured to a transparent rotatable sapphire disc.
Cartier furnished the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon with a minimal platinum case of 45mm x 11.9mm, a narrow bezel and straight short lugs. However, the case sports Cartier’s signature cabochon beaded crown encrusted with green jade. On the other hand, the skeleton dial has a flying tourbillon with no upper bridges.
It makes one full rotation in 60 seconds and looks like floating freely in space, thanks to the sapphire disk based on the mystery dial style. Moreover, this illusion turns out more alluring when the tourbillon makes a second rotation.
The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch houses the hand-wound Calibre 9565 MC movement. It offers 52hours of power reserve and beats at 21,600bph. What provides a cohesive look is a jade green alligator strap that matches the cabochon.
The Astrotourbillon is the most prominent trilogy member, featuring a slightly bigger 47mm platinum case. However, the watch sports an aventurine cabochon beaded crown, a unique tourbillon and a dark blue alligator strap.
Well, the tourbillon positioning makes the Astrotourbillon different from its other two mates in the set. Here, Cartier placed the tourbillon on the movement’s top instead of incorporating it as the traditional one. Eventually, you will find the tourbillon beneath the watch’s hands.
Moreover, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon comes with three visible bridges. Two bridges are formed by the oversized Roman numerals at 12-hour and 6 o’clock side. On the other hand, you can find the third bridge at the 3 o’clock position.
The hand-wound tourbillon Calibre 9641 MC movement powers the new Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon. The movement offers a power reserve of 48hours and beats at 21,600bph.
So Cartier has presented all three new watches in the Rotonde De Cartier precious Icons Set in a precious, beautifully decorated wooden box with blue, grey and green gradations, commemorating the wood marquetry art.
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