Cartier’s colossal booth at the SIHH always attracts a crowd of visitors jostling for position in front of the displays, and aiming their mobile phones at the new and fascinating jewellery and watches, some of which are unique pieces. While we’ll have to wait until 15 January to see the 2018 collection, Cartier has already defused some of the mystery by unveiling two new – and mysterious – pieces.
Rotonde de Cartier Watches Montreal Replica Mysterious Day & Night
For the first time, Cartier is offering a combination of two of the Maison’s signature complications – a mystery display and day/night indication – in a single watch. Both are emblematic of Cartier’s rich horological heritage, and its table clocks in particular, which are a vital component of its creative history. 1912 was a landmark year for Cartier: it was the year of both the mysterious movement for the Model A clock, and of the Day & Night movement, designed for the mysteriously named Comet or Planet Clock. One hundred and five years later, “mysterious” clocks and watches continue to fascinate and confound in equal measure. The movement’s designers were inspired by a master illusionist of the time, Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin. And while watch enthusiasts today can easily discover the trick that makes the hands appear to float unsupported around the dial, the illusion continues to enchant.
It would be fairly difficult to discuss Cartier without using the phrase “elegant,” as cliched as it might seem. The notion of “elegance” the Cartier Tank so nicely reflects was a theory that was a great deal more applicable through lots of this 20th century than it is among the increasingly casual culture where those values may be viewed as stuffy and anachronistic – at least, in many regions of the world. Watch fans exclusively interested in game and tool watches may not find much of interest from Cartier whatsoever, as even sportier-leaning watches such as the Calibre still maintain that debonaire Cartier poise. I, for one, enjoy relish dressing a “dressy” (I like the term easy) watch occasionally, and feel no need to save something similar to the Cartier Tank Solo XL for a black-tie event (whatever that is). Small birds tell me there’s even a fast change strap system on the way with this model.You really much understand what you’re having with a Cartier Tank, and the major question is how nicely the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic represents the Tank and its lineage, and also how it fares among its competition.The competition is necessary to consider when assessing a product’s value proposition, however it is also fun to consider watches which may offer similar allure at other price points. There’s a fantastic possibility that if you prefer the Tank, you will love more of what the newest provides – be it a Tank or alternative collection family.
Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night © Cartier
On the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night, the gilded sun and moon of the Day & Night function seem to levitate magically. Driven by the mysterious movement, they appear, move and disappear in turn in the transparent upper half of the brown dial, decorated with radiating guilloché and satin sunburst motifs. In the lower half, a blued hand indicates the retrograde minutes. The warm colours of the dial perfectly match the pink gold of the 40 mm case. Inside is the hand-wound calibre 9982 MC, with 174 components, beating at 28,800 vph and supplying a 48-hour power reserve.
Rotonde de Cartier Watches Vs Rolex Replica Mysterious Double Tourbillon Skeleton
The Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon made its debut on the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch of 2013 (calibre 9454 MC), and reappeared in the Mysterious Double Tourbillon Minute Repeater presented at the SIHH last year (calibre 9407 MC). This double tourbillon that appears to float in mid-air also adds its allure to a jewellery pendant watch, the Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré (2016). It is back this year in the Calibre 9465MC with Roman numerals and skeletonised bridges, which add to the ethereal effect of the tourbillon as it spins apparently unsupported. The result is that this new skeletonised timepiece seems even lighter than ever. The tourbillon remains unchanged: it takes 60 seconds to rotate on its own axis in the centre of the transparent area, while its cage performs one revolution every five minutes. The illusion of levitation is created by the use of sapphire discs.
Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon Skeleton © Cartier
This Geneva-hallmarked watch, produced in a limited edition of 30, comes in a 45-mm platinum case that is just 12.4 mm thick. The hand-wound Calibre 9465 MC is meticulously finished, with chamfered bridges, brushed surfaces and polished screws. Its 286 components fit inside a total thickness of 6.28 mm. The movement beats at 21,600 vph, providing a power reserve of 52 hours. The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon Skeleton in platinum also comes in a version featuring baguette-cut diamonds set into the bezel. We look forward to seeing it in the flesh in January, along with the rest of Cartier’s 2018 collection.
An essential development was the automatic 1904MC caliber that premiered in 2011. A thin automated caliber with 48 hours of power reserve, including the time using a subsidiary seconds dial @ 6 along with a date complication. Cartier Watch Cowa 0043 Replica made certain that it had enough differences compared to most of the base movements offered by ETA. The ‘Calibre de Cartier’ was the very first watch that was powered with the 1904MC, but soon after Cartier began the use the caliber as the foundation for a variety of Chronographs and Perpetual Calendar calibers.The brand new Calibre Diver, that was launched last year, is also powered with the 1904MC. The case diameter is 42mm and the watch comes with a height of just 11mm. For a diver watch that’s really flat, when compared to for example — the renowned Rolex Submariner that has a height of 12,5mm or the Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea that measures 17,68mm. As it needs to be, the back of the case is closed and the bezel is self-lubricating and unidirectional, steel coated with ADLC, a substance that is harder than steel. The sapphire crystal that’s 1.2mm thicker than that of their standard ‘Calibre de Cartier’ version, makes certain it may withstand the water resistance of 300m, that’s just like the Submariner and greater compared to 100m water resistance of Panerai versions in the same cost category.A watch that directly required benefit from the technology of the ID-ONE is the Astro Tourbillon Carbon Crystal which has been introduced in 2013, at a limited edition of 50 pieces. This fresh ‘Astro Tourbillon Carbon Crystal’ premiered in a Niobium titanium case, a lightweight and non-magnetic metal, that resists corrosion, scratches and shocks and it’s the carbon escapement of the ID-ONE. If support on the motion can now be reduced to (almost) none, the sky will be the limitation for the upcoming creation of Cartier’s tourbillon models.