Rotonde de Cartier flying tourbillon watchManual, white gold, leather
In combining a traditional Fine Watchmaking movement with a modern, graphic structure, the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové tourbillon watch symbolizes the unique spirit of Cartier, creator of Fine Watchmaking. Meticulously developed in the Cartier Manufacture, it shows all the characteristics of a rich and constantly renewed watchmaking heritage. Its movement, based on the caliber 9452 MC, has been entirely redesigned in order to invert and skeletonize an entire section. The exceptionally fine finishing has been executed in the strict Geneva tradition, entitling Cartier to display the prestigious Geneva Seal. The very special structure of the solid gold grid results from a design based on highly advanced technology. This preparatory stage is then completed by craftsmen who sculpt the openwork Roman numerals directly in the solid gold block. The numerals are then beveled and decorated entirely by hand, a process requiring many hours of work.
HISTORY AND STORIES: CARTIER, A PIONEER IN MODERN WATCHMAKING
Flying tourbillon complication with seconds indicated by the C-shaped tourbillon carriage. 18K white gold case, beaded crown set with a sapphire cabochon, sapphire crystal, white galvanized guilloché dial, silvered open-work grid with sunray effect, black transferred Roman numerals, sword-shaped blued-steel hands, sapphire case back. Alligator-skin strap with double adjustable deployant buckle in 18K white gold. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters). Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, individually numbered caliber 9452 MC, certified Geneva Seal, comprised of 142 parts including 19 jewels. Casing-up diameter: 24.5 mm, thickness: 5.45 mm including tourbillon, balance: 21,600 vibrations / hour, power reserve: approx. 50 hours. Case dimensions: 40 mm diameter, 10.6 mm thickness.