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SIHH 2015 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2015

Cartier Rotonde Astrotourbillon Skeleton, calibre 9461 MC

Thanks to this watch with its spectacular dial, L'Astrotourbillon today stands as one of the emblematic watchmaking complications of the Cartier Fine Watchmaking collection.

It is as a sculptor of shapes that Cartier has approached this new interpretation of the Astrotourbillon. Entirely laid bare, disentangled from all other mechanisms in order to move into the foreground, it has been entirely rethought and created according to the strictest rules of proportion, harmony and balance. Behind lies an aesthetic intention, a
daring creative stance that aims to highlight the movement’s structure so that it “disappears” behind the imposing XII and VI on the dial – a true Cartier signature. Freeing up this space allowed the Maison’s watchmakers to showcase the Astrotourbillon in all its majesty and increase the amplitude of its rotation.

 

Cartier - Rotonde Astrotourbillon Squelette

 

Entirely skeletonised, the main plate of the 9461 MC movement rests on just these two Roman numerals. In this unique architecture, these bridges powerfully structure the calibre, defining its appearance and supporting the construction.

This architecture is aerial both in terms of its structure and its tourbillon cage. In fact, its elongated form enlarges the amplitude of its trajectory and evokes a celestial body
travelling through space.

 

Cartier - Rotonde Astrotourbillon Squelette back view

 

The Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton comes in a 47 mm case in 18-carat white gold. The timepiece is completed with a black alligator-skin strap equipped with a
double adjustable folding buckle in 18-carat white gold. The watch is limited to just 100 pieces.

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Characterised by audacity and inventiveness, Cartier’s watchmaking history reflects a unique state of mind: “jeweller of kings and king of jewellers”. Its renown is bound up in the tradition of excellence to which it is heir. Cartier was a forerunner in the use of platinum in jewellery and one of the pioneers of watchmaking.

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