Cartier has introduced more than 100 new watch references at SIHH 2015. One of the most interesting is the Cartier Replica Watches Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon, a watch whose unconventional flying tourbillon is displayed on a minimalist, sunburst-guilloché dial with an off-center hours and minutes display.
The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon watch carries on the tradition of guilloché work that has been a hallmark of Cartier products since Pierre Cartier began using the technique in his workshops after his journey to Russia and discovery of Fabergé creations. On watch dials, the motif used most often is “radiating” guilloche, with engraved rays from a central point. The dial of this Rotonde de Cartier Replica is made of non-rhodium-finished white gold; the effect of the sunray guilloché pattern on the material is to create an eye-pleasing pattern of shiny beams of light. The dial’s other attraction, of course, is the reversed flying tourbillon and its bridges, with the rotating Cartier “C” serving as a seconds indicator. Hours and minutes are indicated on two blued steel hands in the upper right area of the dial, while the Cheap Cartier Replica tourbillon, the watch’s heart, beats below the hands in the large aperture with a seconds scale. A blue sapphire cabochon, another hallmark of Cartier watches, is set into the winding crown.
The movement in the Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon is Cartier’s in-house Caliber 9458, visible through the watch’s clear sapphire caseback. The manual-wound tourbillon movement is made up of 167 components, including 19 jewels, and has a frequency of 21,600 vph and power reserve of approximately 52 hours. All of its pieces are hand-finished, boasting such high-horology details as chamfering on the bridges, drawn flanks, polished screw heads and a parallel cotes de Geneve motif on the mainplate that echoes the radiating lines on the dial. Like other Cheap Cartier movements of recent vintage, Caliber 9458 has been awarded the poinçon de Genève, or Geneva Hallmark, for meeting the 12 criteria of excellence in movement finishing. Cartier says that the price of the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon, will be 110,000 euros.
Today at the SIHH in Geneva, I had the chance to try on the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon for myself and was suitably impressed. Below is a glimpse of how it looks on the wrist.
Cartier introduced a new version of its Astrotourbillon concept: the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton. The watch lays bare the workings of its unusual rotating tourbillon mechanism, suspending it in in the skeletonized movement.
The key feature of the Astrotourbillon line is its take on the conventional tourbillon mechanism. A normal tourbillon rotates on its own axis, with the carriage usually making a full rotation every 60 seconds. The Astrotourbillon uses an elongated carriage to make the mechanism that holds the balance wheel rotate around the perimeter of the dial once per minute. As a result, the tourbillon functions as a center-mounted seconds hand. While previous versions of the Cartier Replica Watches Astrotourbillon have used the signature rotating tourbillon design, the tourbillon mechanism typically has been placed between two levels of the dial, thus limiting the wearer’s view. The new skeletonized version makes all aspects of the movement readily visible.
The 38-mm movement, Cartier Replica, is held in place by the Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock; along with the winding stem, these are the only parts of the movement that attach to the case. The movement is 8.89 mm thick. Caliber 9461 MC is a manually wound movement with a 48-hour power reserve. It vibrates at 21,600 vph. There are 233 components, including 23 jewels. The carriage of the Astrotourbillon is driven by the third wheel. The pinion of the escape wheel rotates around a fixed seconds-wheel (the fourth wheel of the gear train) in order to drive the escapement. Because it is positioned at the center of the movement, the carriage has a special rotational axis. The Cheap Cartier Replica tourbillon carriage is positioned above the movement, rather than being directly integrated as with classic tourbillons.
The origins of the Astrotourbillon date back to 2010, when Cartier first introduced a version of the watch using the 9451 MC movement. The orbiting tourbillon had been in development since 2005. The new Fake Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton has a 47-mm case in white gold. The crown is set with a sapphire cabochon. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters. It comes on a black alligator strap with a double folding clasp in white gold. The series is limited to 100 pieces. Price is available upon request. Scroll down to see more images of the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton, plus a wrist shot of the watch snapped this week at SIHH 2015.