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Cartier - Rotonde de Cartier "Fine Watchmaking" Trilogy

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Another novelty prepared by Cartier for the Watches & Wonders 2015 event (Hong Kong, 30 September - 3 October 2015) is represented by a set of three unique watches presented in a black lacquered mahogany box, the Rotonde de Cartier "Fine Watchmaking" Trilogy.

The precious box showcases three grand complications emblematic of the Cartier Manufacture: a mysterious double tourbillon, a minute repeater tourbillon and an astrocalendar.

The three timepieces are all based on a 45 mm Rotonde case with blue enamelled dials in 18-carat white gold finely decorated with a radiating motif in guilloché and covered with several successive layers of translucent enamel.

Enamelled at the Maison des Métiers d’Art in La Chaux-de-Fonds, these watches are assembled
at the Cartier workshop at 35 rue du Rhône in Geneva and all three hold the prestigious “Poinçon de Genève” certification, a mark of excellence.

The first watch is the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon.

A Cartier complication that was first introduced in 2013 (we wrote about it here), the double tourbillon rotates on itself in one minute while also performing the complete revolution in five minutes around the tourbillon carriage.

Crafted from platinum, the case houses a manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, the calibre 9454 MC, beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour with a power reserve of 52 hours.

The Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon combines the minute repeater with the flying tourbillon, another prestigious complication from the Cartier Fine Watchmaking collection. The gongs and hammers are prominently displayed on the dial side. At 12 o'clock, the inertia fly-wheel of the tourbillon is freed of its upper bridge, making it a true "flying" one.

The case of the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is made in titanium for its excellent acoustic properties. The 3Hz (21,600 vph) of the hand-wound calibre 9402 MC has a power reserve of 50 hours.

The third timepiece is the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire.

First introduced in 2014 (you can read about it here), the Astrocalendaire offers a three dimensional display where the perpetual calendar’s indications - twelve months, seven days, date and type of year - are arranged in concentric tiers.

A hand located on the back of watch shows what type of year it is: a leap year or a normal year.

The Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire platinum case houses at its heart a flying tourbillon. The
calibre 9459 MC beats at 21,600 vph and guarantees 50 hours of power reserve.

The Rotonde de Cartier "Fine Watchmaking" Trilogy will be produced in a limited, numbered edition of just five pieces.

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