Pre-SIHH 2015: Cartier – the sky seems to be the limit for the creativity of this brand

Cartier Mechanical Manufacture movement with manual winding, calibre 9618 MC

Already the years before we have seen a wide range of stunning mechanical watches and yet it is going on like this… Click on “read more” to get the story…

 

This little picture of some of the movements designed and manufactured by Cartier in the last years tells more than thousand words…

It simply shows the incredible creativity of Cartier!

 

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So this is part one of my presentation of the Cartier SIHH 2015 novelties. There is of course more to come in December …

 

Let us start right away with the Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC

This complication prioritises readability and operation because the movement requires setting just once a year. Thanks to the innovative construction of its contemporary display, the calibre 9908 MC of the Rotonde de Cartier watch offers a new approach to the annual calendar, a complication that has been part of the Cartier repertoire since 2012.

Traditionally, a basic calendar, in other words a mechanism that displays the date via an aperture or the tip of a hand, must be manually adjusted at the end of every month. While simple to carry out, this adjustment is nonetheless tedious and is frequently forgotten.

 

 

Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC

 

As for the annual calendar, it only requires one manual intervention per year. Throughout the year, the date automatically changes from 30 to 31 days as the days and the months are displayed. However, once a year, the watch must be manually set when the date changes from the 28th or 29th February to 1st March.

On the Manufacture calibre 9908 MC of the Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch, Cartier crafted a large date display at 12 o’clock with two independent numerals. To simplify its operation even more, the watchmakers designed a mechanism that allows all the information (day, date and month) to be managed via rapid turning of the winding crown to adjust the calendar’s different indications. This simple setting system, devoid of any kind of correcting device on the case, offers maximum ease of use. Three adjustments are therefore possible: the winding of the movement, time setting and date setting.

The dial can be read in three ways: the large date, the circle of days around which a red indicator turns, the month aperture and the hours, which are shown by the progress of the blued-steel hands above black transfer Roman numerals.

The Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch exists in two versions: a version in 18-carat pink gold on a leather strap, which follows in the great tradition of Fine Watchmaking, and a contemporary version with a grey dial and an alligator-skin strap that shakes up Cartier’s classical style codes with its material and matt finish.

 

Case: 18-carat white gold

Diameter: 40 mm

Crown: beaded in 18-carat white gold set with a blue cabochon sapphire

Crystal: sapphire

Case back: sapphire

Hands: blued-steel sword-shaped or hammer-shaped with a red tip

Case thickness: 13.26 mm

Strap: matt black alligator skin

Clasp: double adjustable folding clasp in 18-carat white gold

Water-resistance: 3 bar (~30 metres) 

 

Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC

 

Case: 18-carat pink gold

Diameter: 40 mm

Crown: beaded in 18-carat pink gold set with a blue cabochon sapphire

Crystal: sapphire

Case back: sapphire

Hands: blued-steel sword-shaped or hammer-shaped with a red tip

Case thickness: 13.26 mm

Strap: brown alligator skin Clasp: double adjustable folding clasp in 18-carat pink gold

Water-resistance: 3 bar (~30 metres) 

 

 

Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC
Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar watch calibre 9908 MC

 

Mechanical Manufacture self-winding movement, calibre 9908 MC, annual calendar with day indicated by a hammer-shaped hand and month indicated by a disc, large date at 12 o’clock

Casing-up diameter: 111⁄2 lines, i.e. 25.6 mm

Total diameter: 30 mm

Thickness: 5.9 mm

Number of jewels: 32

Number of parts: 291

Balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour

Power reserve: approx. 48 hours 

 

Cartier Mechanical Manufacture self-winding movement Calibre 9908MC
Cartier Mechanical Manufacture self-winding movement Calibre 9908MC
Cartier Mechanical Manufacture self-winding movement Calibre 9908MC
Cartier Mechanical Manufacture self-winding movement Calibre 9908MC

 

>>> Discover the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon on page 2 >>>

 

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3 replies on “Pre-SIHH 2015: Cartier – the sky seems to be the limit for the creativity of this brand”
  1. says: Howie Boyd

    Your second photo must have been captioned incorrectly. It reads: “Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon watch calibre 9458 MC”

  2. says: Alexander Herzog

    Spectacular and stunning Pre-SIHH releases ! Considering the experience that on the opening day of SIHH the even more spectacular new watches will be announced it will be a great news firework of Cartier that all watch afficionados can definitely look forward. Chapeau Cartier !

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