With the Replica Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux, Cartier gets a dual prize for not only one of the most beautiful watch releases of SIHH 2016, but also probably the most "French sounding." Try and say "Astromysterieux" without picturing a stroll in Paris along the Seine after an afternoon window shopping in the Place Vendome. You can see all of the luxury goods will attract to you when you along your imagination, "but the prices are all so Astromysterieux!" What we have here is another in a growing collection of "interpretive tourbillon" watches that, in this case, once again take inspiration from Cartier's astonishingly classic mystery clocks of old.
Such early 20th century clocks used transparent crystal discs to move hands which otherwise appeared to be floating. mystery translates into both horological elegance and beauty in this instance. We've seen a range of other "mysterious" Cartier wrist High quality Replica Cartier Rotonde Auto Replica watches released over the last few years such as the recent Cle Mysterious from late in 2015 not too long ago. For this newest "interpretive tourbillon mystery," Cartier returns to its popular Rotonde style that combines these two worlds of interest. Suspended between what are actually three transparent sapphire crystal discs is more or less the entirety of the movement system, which make a full rotation on the dial each hour. Use of the term "tourbillon" is theoretically a stretch, as in the most technical of senses, there isn't a balance wheel and escapement system that revolves on its own axis within a cage. Rather, the entire movement including the escapement, mainspring barrel, and gear train that revolves on an axis point once each hour. You can see the mainspring bucket turned out to be a physical connection to the minute hand, it is the other side of the balance wheel. The hands themselves are thus not "mysteriously" mounted, but in the case of the Replica Cartier Rotonde Skeleton Astromysterieux, it is the entire majority of the movement itself which enjoys a mysterious connection to the rest of the movement.
A series of delicate mechanics and 188 ball bearings exist in the periphery of the 43.5mm-wide Rotonde case - which for this particular Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux watch model is produced in 950 palladium. This mechanical support network allows for all the movement to turn, Than the more important that it allows the user to rely on traditional crown motion wind and set a time. Cartier no doubt needed to design a novel system to ensure ample shock protection as well as a new type of winding limiter to ensure the movement is not overwound. The resulting system for the latter is patented, and according to Cartier, Cartier Rotonde operation feeling just like any other more traditional mechanical movement - despite the appreciable effort undertaken for this very poetic and attractive mechanical presentation.
The movement, which is in-house made at Cartier's haute horology workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is the new calibre 9462 MC. The total movement, including what you can and cannot see, is comprised of 408 parts and is 39mm wide by 5.9mm thick. In the scheme of things, that is actually a big movement - but in reality, much of it is taken up by spans of transparent sapphire crystal. The balance wheel operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph), and the movement has a power reserve of 50 hours, which is not too bad given the potentially higher amount of torque necessary to move larger components.
I already mentioned that the Rotonde case is 43.5mm wide (water resistant to 30 meters), and I'll add that it is just 12mm thick - which isn't that bad given the relative thickness of the movement. While not exactly a petite dress watch, the Replica Cartier Rotonde Tourbillon Astromysterieux should maintain a high degree of elegance and grace on the wrist. Around the periphery of the dial is a lightly textured, On the Cartier's character, silver rings and painted black Roman numeral hour markers appropriate matching black pomme - style in hand. In the crown is a typical blue sapphire crystal cabochon.
Cartier blends graceful sophistication with high-horology intrigue in a package,so i can't see too many watch collectors shunning. Under the best Replica watches may not be Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux, but it is certainly a resolute crowd pleaser. It also happens to be a limited edition. Cartier will produce just 100 pieces of the Replica Cartier Rotonde Quartz Astromysterieux in palladium, in the future, there is no direct plan for further models. With that said, Cartier has confirmed the availability of a baguette-cut diamond-set versions of the Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Astromysterieux watch in addition to the non gem-set models.
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