French luxury jeweller and watch-maker maison Cartier (owned by Richemont Group) is launching an impressive collection of new luxury timepieces at the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie SIHH which takes place in Geneva, January 20-14.
Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon 47 mm offers a playful moonphase indication that appears only when the wearer desires to see it. By pressing the pusher at four o’clock on the side of the case, a panel descends and partially obscures the Tourbillon carriage at the 6 o’clock position. The crescent thus formed reproduces exactly the moon’s shape in the sky at that moment.
In addition to the moonphase indicator, Cartier created a second time zone display just above the tourbillon in the shape of a 24-hour disc around a gold and lapis lazuli earth. Cartier also uses lapis lazuli on the dial and on the moon indication. The three- dimensional dial is open-worked and chamfered by hand. The back features a semi-skeletonized star-shaped bridge. This model, also in platinum, will be made in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire presents the user with an amphitheater, with a centered tourbillon topped with a Cartier C-shaped bridge and surrounding it are the various indicators spread out in three levels: the day is indicated on the first, followed by the month on the second and on the third is the date.
Thin blue-edged windows move along these tiers to indicate each calendar function. The perpetual calendar’s final function is indicated by a hand located on the back of watch and shows whether the current year is a leap year or a normal year. Made in a 100-piece limited edition in platinum, the watch features calibre 9459 MC and has been certified Poinçon de Genève (Geneva Seal).
Cartier Tank MC Skeleton is a masterpiece of the haute horology that makes a powerful distinction with its skeletonized body presenting hour markers which are at the same time bridges of the movement. The hand-wound Calibre 9611 is individually numbered and offers a power reserve of 72 hours.
For the latest twist on its legendary 1912 Tortue timepiece, Cartier has gone sensual, bringing the watch into the 21st century thanks to a sleek diamond-accented face and an elegant bracelet made from slim and soft petal-like scales of sun-kissed rose gold. The new Tortue Cartier line is featured in two sizes, a Petite model that measures 24 x 30 mm and a Medium model that has a case size of 31 x 39mm. The medium size will be available on leather strap with ardillion buckle, while the Petite model is supplied with the adjustable folding clasp in 18K gold. Another possibility is the completely new designed 5 row gold bracelet, available for both sizes.
Cartier will also unveil at SIHH 2014 a new Ballon Bleu de Cartier 42mm watch with a dial made of flower marquetry, using colored rose petal to create a parrot. Calibre de Cartier Diver will be yet another highlight of Cartier’s collection at the 2014 SIHH. The new timepiece houses special features for diving fanatics, like the Super-LumiNova dive-time indicator and oversize seals that promise 300-meter water resistance.
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