The well-known french luxury brand Cartier will never cease to amaze us and push out its watchmaking boundaries. This time, the Parisian house offers us a luxury watch combining two of the most fascinating complications, the mystery clock and the skeleton. These two techniques blend surprisingly well into the Rotonde design to form an hypnotic result.
The magic of the mystery clock
Cartier demonstrates once more their technical and artistic craftsmanship with this piece playing on opposites, between the hidden nature of the mystery clock and the revealing purpose of the skeleton. By bringing these opposite complications together for the first time, the French brand manages to unveil just enough to seduce without smashing the myth of the mystery discs.
That concept introduced by Cartier in 1912 aims to give the impression that the hands are not linked to the mechanism in any way but instead are just floating there. The illusion is achieved by fitting the hands on two small notched sapphire discs rather than linking them directly to the movement. This high-level technique requires a micron accuracy in order to run properly.
The openness of the skeleton
The skeleton adds to the airy feeling of the watch and manages to keep its secrecy while displaying just enough of the gear. Not only is the skeleton aesthetically pleasing by revealing the high-precision movement, but it also serves a practical purpose and makes up a set of Roman numeral hour markers.
All of this is tightly kept in the 42 mm palladium case, which is waterproof up to 30 meters (98 feet) and hosts a caliber 9983 MC hand-wound movement. The watch beats to a rhythm of 28 800 vibrations per hour with a power reserve of 48 hours. The clock is wound up by using the cabochon sapphire crown, a classic Cartier feature. The watch comes with a black alligator bracelet and a grey gold deployant buckle.