SIHH 2009, Cartier Presents Fine Watchmaking Collection

During the 19th. SIHH in Geneva, Cartiers presented a very strong collection in the top section.  Remember 2007 when the Ballon Bleu Tourbillon Volant was introduced, nobody expected that this watch was actually the start, of the now presented “COLLECTION HAUTE HORLOGERIE”.
This new line is containing very high end watches and replaces “Collection Privée”. From now on all Cartier watches will have the name ‘Cartier’ on the dial. ‘Cartier Paris’ is, unfortunately, no more! Basta!
Presented at the SIHH were:
– Santos 100 Tourbillion Volant in white gold or pink gold, Caliber 9452 MC bearing the Geneva Seal.
– Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Chronograph Mono Poussoir, Caliber 9431 MC
– Tank Américaine Tourbillon Volant, in white gold or pink gold, Caliber 9452 MC bearing the Geneva Seal
– Rotonde de Cartier Chronograph Central, in white gold or pink gold, Caliber 9907 MC
– Santos 100 Skelette, Caliber 9611 MC
– Santos Triple 100 and of course, the Ballon Bleu, Tourbillon Volant.
Palladium case: 46.5mm X54.9mm.
Open-worked grid with roman numerals
Sapphire crystal on both sides and Water resistant to 30 meters.
Manual-wind Cartier movement
calibre 9611MC.
20 jewels, 28,800 bph, power reserve. of 72 hours.
Last year Cartier presented the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon at the SIHH.
For this watch, Cartier developed the 9452 MC calibre.
This is the calibre that received the first Geneva Seal for Cartier.
Cartier now reworked this flying tourbillon movement to fit the newly developed
Tank Américaine 35.8x52mm case (and the new Santos 100 case) Power reserve 50 hours. Sapphire crystal case back. Water resistant to 30 metres.
Folding buckle in 18 K. Individually numbered
For the first time in the history of watchmaking, the calibre 9431 MC movement has combined two of the most outstanding com- plications: the single push-piece chronograph and the tourbillon. This movement was developed exclusively for Cartier in 2005 by one of the most celebrated names in Swiss fine watchmaking: Renaud & Papi.
Limited edition of 50 individually numbered pieces. Case 46.6mm, in 950 platinum. Sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal back. Water resistant to 30 metres and the adjustable double folding buckle in platinum
Number of jewels:25
Number of parts: 253
Balance: 21.600 vibrations per hour
Power reserve: 72 hours
Individually numbered movement
The central chronograph counter is held as if weightless above the dial by a sapphire ring, whose discreet presence adds to the complexity of this construction, for which a patent request has been registered.
Calibre 9907 MC. Limited edition of 50 individually numbered pieces. 46.6mm case in 18 K white gold or pink gold. Sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal back
Water resistant to 30 metres
With case dimensions of 46.5 x 54.9 mm, the Santos 100 Tourbillon Volant has the same size as the well known Santos 100 Chronograph. Case in 18 carat white or pink gold. Octagonal crown in 18 carat gold set with a faceted sapphire
Sapphire crystal and sapphire crystal case-back . Water resistant to 30 metres
Alligator-skin strap. Clasp in 18 carat gold. Individually numbered case
Besides the “COLLECTION HAUTE HORLOGERIE”, Cartier presented the
Ballon Bleu Chronograph in white gold or pink gold, on bracelet or on leather strap. Caliber 8000, the by JLC for Cartier developed movement. Santos 100 Carbon series. The time only models  (medium as well) and the chronograph are now available with black carbon cases, matt or shiny polished and black dials.
The excisting steel Santos 100 series; the Santos 100 large and medium and the Santos 100 Chronograph will be available with a black amorphous diamond-like carbon (ADLC treated) case, which gives the watches a very rough and sporty look. The cases are fingerprint proof and they come  matt and/or shiny polished.
There will be three different variations available. ADLC with pink gold bezel and pushers, a pink gold case with ADLC bezel and pushers and ADLC case with titanium bezels and pushers. This is a so called ‘One Shot series, when sold out, no more will be produced. Very different from the steel Santos 100 and I find it a Must see/Must try watch for everyone who likes the Santos 100.
A new model in the Ballon Bleu range and it’s great to see another small complication.  A chronograph with a modular movement.  The 8001 MC automatic movement was made by JLC originally for Cartiers Pasha 42 chronograph.
This time Cartier designed a very new asymmetrical layout of the dial, two counters only with the date at 9 o’clock that gives the watch a less sporty, more classic look. Great looks
The Ballon Bleu Chronograph will be available in the three colours of gold and is available with strap or bracelet. W6920031
 Baignoire watch – Large model, could now be worn by men.
Case in 18 K yellow gold and also available in white or pink gold. Silvered dial with “flinqué” pattern. Alligator strap with 18 K ardillon buckle. Mechanical movement. Calibre 430 MC by Piaget. W8000013
 One of the real Classic watches by Cartier,  now finally in a mens size.
This watch could easely have fit the CPCP collection, if it was still there, but instead it’s the first non complication watch in the new line, that does not carry the word Paris anymore.
Limited Editions for ‘Cartier 100 Years in America
For the celebration of ‘Cartier 100 Years In America’ Cartier designed a range of products for the US market, sunglasses, a lighter, table clock, Trinity ring and bracelet with diamonds, cord bracelet, cuff links, pen & fountain pen, money clip and more, see the Cartier website for more information. Among the watches we mention the following:
Ballon Bleu de Cartier LM in white gold. Black leather strap. Hand engraved eagle motif on a white gold dial. Special engraved back. Automatic movement – Cal 049. White gold double adjustable deployant buckle. Limited and numbered edition of 20 pieces. Roadster XL in steel. Interchangeable steel bracelet and blue leather strap. Blue dial with Cartier’s 100 Years in America logo. Special engraved back. Automatic movement – Cal 3110. Exclusive to Cartier North America. Tank Américaine LM in white gold. Black leather strap. Silvered guilloche dial with Cartier’s 100 Years in America logo. Special engraved back. In house workshop-crafted. Automatic movement – Cal 8000MC. White gold adjustable deployant buckle. Limited and numbered edition of 40 pieces. Exclusive to Cartier North America.
I apologise for the few and low quality pics; I promise next year my report will be way better than this year.

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