As the end of the year edges near many horology brands are beginning to unveil or hint at special releases destined for SIHH 2018. With that sentiment in mind Cartier has just revealed two distinct models from their “Mysterious” collection.
Cartier introduced the “Mysterious” collection back in 1931 with their square “Mystery Pocket Watch”. The goal was to provide a homage and call back to the “Mystery clocks” their company produced, in the early 1920’s with clock maker Maurice Coüet. The illusion these novelty clocks provided consisted on “seeming” like they were floating unattached, to any visible element. While this optical gimmick was technically achieved by placing the central hands on clear discs, being driven by gears placed out of sight, creating the impression they were “magically” floating in mid-dial.
First up lets focus in on the “Cartier Day & Night” model which comes in either a 40mm case made of 18k rose gold or 18k white gold, both with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. They come equipped with long straight lugs which provide a nice wrist fit; plus the Cartier brand’s signature blue sapphire cabochon on the setting-crown. Topped by a sapphire crystal that assists in allowing this watch to be water-resistant up to 30m (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a predominantly brown sunburst dial divided in to two halves; the upper half has Roman numerals running from 1 to 3 and pickup up at 6 to 12; revealing only the numerals that would regularly appear on the top section. Still on the upper section on a white background we can see a sun run its course along the day from left to right, as the sun plays the role of central hour hand indicating what current hour it is, but as it shifts to night a moon appears; in order to distinguish between AM/PM and better tell current time.
While on the bottom-half of the dial is exhibited a radiating guilloché pattern, with the Cartier logo in its midst and a retrograde minute’s display with Arabic numerals, pointed out by a blue central hand. All the Roman and Arabic numerals have undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Cartier Mysterious Day & Night
The “Cartier Mysterious Day & Night” (Ref: NA) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement caliber 9982 MC with 26 jewels, 174 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours (2 days), when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a dark grey alligator strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k rose gold folding buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Cartier website here.
MSRP: $63,000.00 USD
Next up we have the further complex “Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon”, which isn’t a completely new piece for those that recall it was originally unveiled at SIHH 2013, but that version had no tourbillon. Now it has returned with quite a different layout in a 45mm case made out of platinum with a transparent case back, that allows to view the inner workings thru the whole watch in certain sections.
Or for those that really want to stand out in a crowd there are two other versions of this timepiece available: one with a paved diamond bezel and another with a full paved diamond case and movement, for the ultimate bling edition. Also all versions feature the Cartier brand’s signature blue sapphire cabochon on the setting-crown. (Unfortunately there are no images of these diamond variations yet, we’ll update this article as soon as possible.)
Time is exhibited on a skeletonized dial with a finely crafted series of Roman numerals being designed into the bridges of the mechanical movement, while maintaining its structural integrity. These numerals just like on the previous described timepiece aren’t complete. Here they only include the: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10 Roman numerals; followed by a ring of smaller black printed minute index markers, in a ring circling around the dial nearing the bezel.
Much of the middle section of the dial is an open gap with the mesmerizing double flying tourbillon complication in its midst. This tourbillon movement consists of a single “magical” rotation around the mystery dial, every 60 seconds.
Time is intended to be read off of the two blued steel sword-style hands above the tourbillon.
Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon
The “Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon” (Ref#: NA) is powered by the hand-wound movement, caliber 9465 MC with 26 jewels, 286 components and 21,600 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 52 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is also a navy blue alligator strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k rose folding buckle. This will be a limited edition watch with only 30 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Cartier website here. Or just stay tuned for the upcoming SIHH 2018, being held between January 15 thru the 19th of 2018, when these two timepieces will be officially released.
MSRP: $216,000.00 USD
MSRP: $324,000.00 USD – version with a paved diamond bezel
MSRP: $530,000.00 USD – version with a full paved diamond case and movement
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