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Cartier – Mysterious melody
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Cartier – Mysterious melody

Monday, 28 November 2016
By The FHH Journal editors
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The new Rotonde de Cartier beautifully blends two of the watchmaker’s signature complications, with a minute repeater and a double mystery tourbillon. Hallmarked Poinçon de Genève, it is a feast for both the eyes and the ears…

Cartier brings the aesthetic of its mysterious movement to one of the most demanding complications in the watchmaker’s repertoire: the minute repeater.

The Rotonde de Cartier watch combines the mysterious movement and this particular complication for the very first time, with impressive effect. In addition to the technical feat of assembling 448 components in a case measuring a mere 11.15 mm, the timepiece is aesthetically stunning. The open-work mechanism and contrasting black rhodium finish expose the transparency of the mysterious double tourbillon, and reveal the steady rhythm of the minute repeater on demand.

The magical mechanism of the mysterious double tourbillon stays true to the aesthetic of Cartier mysterious movements inherited from the mystery clocks first created in 1912.

Its flying tourbillon, which effects a complete rotation in 60 seconds, appears to float in mid-air, seemingly unconnected to the movement. Adding to the illusion is the sapphire disc bearing the tourbillon that in turn completes one rotation every 5 minutes.

The spectacle of the mysterious double tourbillon, off-centred between 9 o’clock and 10 o’clock, is all the more impressive for the action of the minute repeater hammers visible at 6 o’clock, an unmistakeable stylistic signature of Cartier Fine Watchmaking.

SIHH Rotonde de Cartier Répétition minutes double tourbillon mystérieux
Rotonde de Cartier Répétition minutes double tourbillon mystérieux

From the case to the mechanism, Cartier watchmakers have designed this watch to chime with the times.
All of the four qualities of sound have been considered to optimise the acoustics of the Rotonde de Cartier watch with calibre 9407 MC : loudness, timbre, richness, duration.

The fully open-work aesthetic of the calibre 9407 MC offsets the mechanical density of the movement with the transparency of the mysterious double tourbillon, while the black rhodium finish on the movement serves to heighten the contrast.

The Rotonde de Cartier watch with 9407 MC movement is certified “Poinçon de Genève”, which attests to the expertise of the Cartier workshops in designing and assembling the watch, as well as meticulously hand-finishing each of the components.

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