Cartier is revealing two compelling new watches for the upcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, a luxury watch trade fair being January 15-19 in Geneva.
As part of a larger group of five reinterpreted classics called Libre, Cartier has now revealed an innovative take on the dreamlike timepiece which is by far the most unusual piece in its collection. The shape of the watch is definitely one-of-a-kind. It features stretched roman numerals while curves encircle the bezel. The undulating lines on the dial exaggerate its melted proportions remarkably. A beaded crown set with a marvelous cut diamond winds the manual movement and an individually numbered yellow-gold case rounds the outside presenting the oddly-shaped watch.
Another collection unveiled by Cartier is the Rotonde de Cartier for men and the Libre collection of jewelry watches for women which will be front and center during the event in Geneva.
The mysterious movement was first introduced in 1912 through a collaboration between Louis Cartier and watchmaker Maurice Coüet, whose first clock was known as Model A. Now in 2018, Cartier places the mysterious movement within a skeleton design and as a day-and-night complication within the Rotonde de Cartier.
The mysterious double tourbillon movement was first created at its La Chaux-de-Fonds manufacture in 2013, which features a tourbillon that appears to be suspended in mid-air without connection to the rest of the movement. The double flying tourbillon does a full rotation in 60 seconds while the tourbillon cage performs a second five-minute rotation.
The components within the 44mm platinum case are hand-finished. The bridges are chamfered while the screw heads are polished. The skeletonized bridges located on the dial are in the shape of Roman numerals with the mysterious tourbillon sheathed in the transparency of the skeleton. The subdial located at the 12 o’clock position indicates hours and minutes with the blued steel sword-shaped hands.