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Pre-SIHH 2016: Cartier - Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton

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Created in 2015, the Clé de Cartier model successfully introduced several distinctive design elements, including the curved profile, the gently rounded bezel and, above all, the key-like crown which gives the name to the model (clé in French means key) which is set with a blue sapphire.



The shape and clicking action of this special winding crown are inspired by traditionally-wound clocks,
which Cartier now transposes onto the wrist, thus inventing a new watchmaking gesture.


As a preview of the upcoming SIHH 2016 novelties, Cartier is now presenting the Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton which is powered by the Maison’s first skeleton movement with automatic winding, the calibre 9612 MC, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offering 48 hours of power reserve.



For the first time, Cartier’s watchmakers have developed an automatic movement that merges naturally into the skeletonised architecture, making the oscillating weight almost invisible while conserving the winding efficiency.

This feat was achieved by establishing the ideal balance between its thickness and diameter, determining the optimum weight of the 22-carat gold rotor.


The open-work design of the model is characterised by the bridges in the shape of the Roman numerals III, VI, IX and XII which define the structure of the movement with the sword-shaped blued hands to indicate the time.


The 950/1000 palladium case has a diameter of 41 mm and a thickness of 11.45 mm offering a water resistance to 3 bar (30 metres / 100 feet).

The Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton in palladium will have a price of Euro 60,000 / US$ 61,000. A brilliant-cut gem-set version will also be available. cartier.com

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