Pre-SIHH 2014: Cartier Fine Watchmaking

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire

For this 2014 edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Cartier expresses the excellence of its craftsmanship with the launch of two innovative timepieces.

Two timepieces illustrate the notion of technical creativity and excellence according to Cartier:

the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire watch and

the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch.

Both bear the mark of an innovative and unique interpretation of their respective functions.

The Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire represents a new vision of the perpetual calendar thanks to the creativity of its design and its amphitheatre-style display. Arranged three-dimensionally in concentric levels, the display of the perpetual calendar’s functions is spread over the different levels: the day is indicated on the first. It is followed by the month on the second, which is itself surmounted by the date. Thin windows move along these tiers. The perpetual calendar’s final function is indicated by a hand located on the back of watch and shows what type of year it is: a leap year or a normal year.

The Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire watch is certified Poinçon de Genève, in accordance with the new regulations’ requirements. The self-winding calibre 9459 MC is assembled and adjusted in the new Cartier Fine Watchmaking workshops located in the heart of Geneva, upstairs from the Cartier boutique on the rue de Rhône. Its finishes were carried out according to the standards of the most prestigious watchmaking certification.

 

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire

 

As for the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch, it diverts the tourbillon from its strictly horological role, in which it serves as a guarantee of precision and prestige, making it the backdrop to the moon-phase display, which has neither hand nor aperture.

Moon phase on demand, a horological world premier!!

The moon phase on demand is a double innovation because it appears in its original form and exists only when its user wishes it to, the moon phase on the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch reveals a technical creativity that is doubly innovative. By pressing the push-button situated at four o’clock on the side of the case, a panel descends and partially obscures the Tourbillon carriage. The crescent thus formed reproduces exactly the moon’s shape in the sky.

 

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon
Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  • Wow, a couple of beauties! The Astrocalendaire is hard to read though. I would like to see the perpetual calendar discs themselves rotate so that the day and date can be read off immediately below the centre of the two hands rather than having to search for the windows on a busy dial , just a thought!

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