For 2013, Cartier goes back in history and releases one of their most sexy technical themes, the Mystery movements. A technique where the brand was famous for, in the twenties. ROTONDE de CARTIER MYSTERIEUSE !
For me the most exiting watch of the new collection. Case size 42mm, pink- or white gold and fitted with the new in house developped, mechanical 9981 MC caliber.
But the mystery exitement does’nt stop here and Cartier goes even further by presenting the ROTONDE de CARTIER, MYSTEROUS DOUBLE TOURBILLONThe watch will be available in a 45mm platinum case and is fitted with a newly in house developed mechanical caliber that bears, of course, the Geneva seal.
In the footsteps of the earlier releases Tortue perpetual calendar watches, we’ll see this year the TORTUE MULTI TIMEZONE. The new Tortue is actually a Worldtime watch, but instead of making the dial busy with all the city names, Cartier designed a window in the side of the cas, where a mobile disc, shows the city names.Case in pink- or white gold, dimensions: 51×45.6mm, newly developed 9914MC automatic movement, based on the in la Chaud de Fonds developped 1904 MC caliber with a power reserve 48 hours.
The Fine Watch Making collection started off in 2008 with the Ballon Bleu flying tourbillon. New in the collection now is the; BALLON BLEU 2nd. TIMEZONE JUMP HOUR the ‘Ballon Bleu de Cartier’ tourbillon with double jumping second time zone watch, quite a name for a time piece, but it also is quite a watch, that’s limited to 50 pieces only. The watch is not a straight forward tourbillon, like the Ballon Bleu tourbillon from 2008, but it has been designed like a regulator. With its central minute hand and its two jumping hour counters – one for your home time zone and one for the city you’re visiting. Like all other Cartier tourbillon watches, it’s stamped with the Geneva Seal. The dial of the Ballon Bleu is very clear, with the prominent one large center hand for the minutes and the two round scales for the hours, indicating the time in the two cities. The left counter with arabic numerals and the right counter with roman numerals. The objective was to draw the eye to several predetermined points, such as the jumping-hours discs, to instinctively lead to the two pieces of time information that are provided, and for which this watch has been created. The 46mm case looks large, but due to the short lugs, it wears pretty small and fits a normal wrist easily.
ROTONDE de CARTIER PERPETUAL CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPHA very smart looking Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in a 42 mm case. Available in white gold, or pink gold with a chocolate dial and gold hands, like pictured here. The caliber is of course automatic, só important for a Perpetual, the basis already existed in the Cartier collection and is often simply called ”the Module” by the watchmakers. It has now been adapted to the completely new Manufacture calibre 1904-CH MC. The new automatic mechanical chronograph movement, that is hand finished, incorporates a number of technical innovations intended to increase its precision and power. Clasp: double adjustable folding clasp in 18-carat pink- or white gold. Calibre 9423 MC
And the other watch that brings back good memories is the wearable TORTUE XL PETITE COMPLICATION. Very sexy Tortue, that remembers the Tortue XL in the CPCP series. The watch has an identical 38 x 48mm case, a petite seconde @ 6 and a Grande date. The watch that is powered with a 9602 MC caliber, comes in white- and in pink gold.
The SANTOS DUMONT PETITE SECONDE reminds me very much of the CPCP series. The case of this new model has the same looks as the current model, from 2004, but is less TV shaped and a bit more square, also a bit thicker, which makes it a very nice and masculine watch. Very different is the version with the grey dial. But a white dial is also available. Both variations have a Grande Date, Power Reserve window and the 9750 MC mechanical caliber; a proven, hand wound, mechanical movement.