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Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

SIHH 2018 is just months away, but we are already hearing about some of the new watches that will be released. Today, we have a pair of Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious watches – the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night and the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The idea for these Mysterious Watches actually comes from the Mystery Clocks that Cartier made way back in the early 20th century. These clocks were notable because [SPOILER ALERT] their hands were fixed onto clear discs driven by gears just out of view, creating the impression that they were floating on the dial. This iconic look has been adapted for a number of Cartier’s watches and they make for interesting viewing.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is available in a 40mm 18k pink gold or white gold case. Cartier fans will be pleased to know it also comes with the brand’s signature blue sapphire cabochon crown. Water resistance is rated at 30m.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The dial is divided into two halves. The top half features a day & night complication and also shows the hours in the form of a 12-hour scale that reads from six to six. In the day, a sun will appear on the dial and make its way from left to right. The hours are read simply by looking at the position of the sun in relation to the 12-hour scale. When it is night, a moon will appear and likewise will make its 12-hour journey from left to right. The bottom half of the dial features a radiating guilloché pattern in the center and a retrograde minutes display.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is powered by the in-house hand-wound Caliber 9982 MC, which is visible through the sapphire display caseback. Made out of 174 components, it beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of at least 48 hours.

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Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The second watch, the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon is based on the Rotonde Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch that was unveiled at SIHH in 2013. Case size is 45mm wide and it is only available in platinum. For those who want a little more bling, there are also two additional versions, one with a paved diamond bezel and another with a paved diamond case and movement.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

Skeletonization is a much misunderstood art and I think a lot of people fail to appreciate just how difficult it is to take material away from the movement and still maintain proper aesthetics and structural integrity. In the case of the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon, the bridges have been artfully skeletonized to take the shape of Roman numerals. In addition, the skeletonization of the movement has further accentuated the action of the double flying tourbillon.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

Here, the double flying tourbillon makes a single rotation around the mystery dial once every 60 seconds. As a result, it also doubles as a seconds indicator. And while it does this, it makes a second rotation on its own once every five minutes. The hours and minutes are read off the two blued steel sword-style hands above the tourbillon.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon is powered by the Caliber 9465 MC, which consists of 286 components, beats at 3Hz, and has a power reserve of at least 52 hours. It is also Poinçon de Genève certified, which means the movement has to meet strict criteria with regard to its finishing and materials. In short, expect the movement to be expertly finished.

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

We hope to see more of these two watches at SIHH 2018 early next year. The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night watch is priced at $63,000. The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch is priced at $216,000. If you want one with a paved diamond bezel, it is $324,000, and with a paved diamond case and movement it is $530,000. Each variant of the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch is limited to 30 pieces. cartier.com

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  • IanE

    It’s certainly mysterious to me why they go on iterating this rather un-mysterious design! It is also a mystery why people pay so much.

    • DanW94

      It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, Cartier moves in mysterious ways….

      • Berndt Norten

        Ù too r known 4 ur penchant 4 pop kultur references

    • It’s a cute visual trick but not trick enough to be worth 216 large. I just rotate my wrist slowly every minute to get the same averaging effect as a toubillon. Even works for quartz – no wait, it doesn’t.

  • Marius

    According to the Richemont Group, last year they spent €249 million on buying back unsold inventory, and 2/3 of these unsold watches were Cartier. Under these circumstances, I find it very hard to understand the reason for Cartier releasing these two timepieces.

    The Day Night is a somewhat interesting watch, but the problem is that I just don’t see what might explain the $64,000. The actual time-telling display is counterintuitive, and not very easy to read; the movement has a rather mediocre finish & decoration; and the overall design looks, at least to me, a bit dated. For $63,000 there are so many much better watches on the market that you would need a day to list them. My picks would be a Lange 1 Time Zone (€48,000), or a Patek Philippe Worldtime with the spectacular champlevé dial. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db556fd715f3e17e1d38e8788c50f83d828c975b2adbbeb0c424f6213e8e8f4f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5238caa9d8adae0bd0a93115782a6db37f6e3f1d8ff29629aa77b94afbed58f.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/32f4bbc976fc8dd40bb3d10e31ba2bbda3abdb6ce0eeb02fe0835005592b7ea3.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26f63100a377985d448ac727f712137ea4bfd778b7b4cbdfb48e2a6d5fb18a1c.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ce11cacade0aed33b3df535f96e866a1486b3527164dbb6d3770389965275161.jpg

    Similarly, the Mysterious Tourbillon is also a somewhat interesting watch, but again, asking over $216,000 for it is absurd. I just don’t see what might explain this price. The tourbillon movement is quite cool, but at this price point I would expect a lot more. More importantly though, is anyone really paying over $200,000 for a Cartier when at this price you could get any number of much more interesting & complicated watches? I mean, I don’t see myself picking this Cartier over a complicated Lange, Thomas Prescher, Laurent Ferrier, Richard Mille, Vianney Halter, JLC Gyrotourbillon, and many, many more, which are all cheaper than the Cartier. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/91eea884465d961f1f696a16d4c0e9e7c04270017018ff5105dcc404ce61a221.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f664c170697862e936352d7efc3d334615b4c2e7a8e920394695e032f5e69e19.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/87c36e14b54cddb7841b1e3c4fa31c6871a8c995f260cd3f1a2bb50f9f264019.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92ffa782cba0f56bb8123964d652f5f68e49cc49fe805b65686a01aae2a87dce.jpg

    • Richard Baptist

      Great points as usual Marius. Instead of destroying the watches they can sell it to me for 1k and I’ll sign a non-disclosure not to tell anyone what I paid for it.

    • Terance Hill

      You gotta admit they got a whole bunch of ugly on both of these for that kind of money , , ,and the recycle bill on it’s going to be high also ,maybe they should just give them away on
      THE BLOG TO WATCH monthly giveaway (with the disclaimer you have to wear it at least once a month )

    • Neither you nor anybody, that’s why they shut down their high complication manufacture and concentrated on selling Panthère watches. I think these are just old projects they had scheduled to release. Probably in 2019 we won’t see any more high complications.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Wanted to say the same thing. Looks like the last breath/stock elimination of the era from Carole Forestier-Kasapi. Sad it didn`t work. But the watches were lacking of identity and there were way better offerings from almost any other brand on this level. But they did a great job on the Drive.

      • SuperStrapper

        Certainly among the most noteworthy shames in the industry in recent times. They were really doing something special.

  • IG

    I love Sun/Moon watches but this Cartier is too blingy and the Sun and the Moon sail on a sea of hair because of the “mysteriousness” unless one gets his wrist waxed.

  • Brian

    Cartr is finally getting boldr!

  • Double axis tourbillon but both are on the same axis, so not benefit (over a single axis one) in terms of eliminating/averaging out positional error. Oh well, the whirlwind is just for looks, so nevermind…

    • Berndt Norten

      Are you mourning Higgins?

      • Back when Magnum PI was filming herein Hawaii, some of the cast were seen around town in their off time. The only thing I heard back then was that John Hillerman had the entire top floor of a condo building in Waikiki as his home. Nothing juicier than that to report. Thanks for the heads up – I did not know he died last week.

  • Terance Hill

    The double trib. Looks like it has the phocomelia disorder and for the kind of money you’re spending they should get it fixed . The others just laughable

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    At first glance I didn’t like them. But a closer look, they’re not as illegible as they seem. They’re okay, but as Marius shows, there are watches for that amount of dosh you’ve got to be a specific Cartier fan to choose them over say a P.P or L.F.

  • Brian

    There are only two mysteries remaining in this world: 1. Who let the dogs out? And 2. Is Raymond legally married to Malcolm The Mower?

    • Raymond Wilkie
      • Berndt Norten

        TMI

        • Raymond Wilkie

          You Sir have a dirty mind.

          • Berndt Norten

            And I lives on the Dirty Boulevard

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I want to fly from the dirty boulevard

      • SuperStrapper

        Your watch needs a service

      • Mark1884

        Thick & beefy!

        • Brian

          I’m looking at lawn videos. Push-mow rubes all throughout YouTube. You can have those push-rubes. I keep my grass like fescue.

      • Brian

        Apply talcum before riding Malcolm.

      • IG

        I think KRAVITZ DESIGN could bring Malcolm to a new level.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          That man will never live that watch down.

      • IanE

        I have a Countax – so, if I pronounce it carelessly, I can really impress folks!

    • Berndt Norten

      Has Caramilk been solved?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Sure, it’s loads of cash, sure it’s not that mysterious, but it’s CARTIER and when you buy one, you buy into the whole i have more cash than sense mentality. Just the name is enough to make even the most uneducated ( in horology ) a wee bit jealous
    I’m in Scotland, and right now the clocks have been put forward for winter. This means that when we get to the winter solstice ( 21 dec ) it will be dark at 15:44 ( sun up 07:53 ) giving me8 hours of very dim light. How would the 12/12 work unless you lived on the equator.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I could stare at that Day & Night and still not be able to tell the time !

    • Berndt Norten

      I could stay with you forever and never realize the time
      Situations have ended sad
      Relationships have all been bad
      Mine have been like Verlaine’s and Rimbaud’s
      But there’s no way I can compare
      All them scenes to this affair,
      You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Never liked the whining drone of that mans voice.

        • Berndt Norten

          I’m a glutton for punishment. I love Dylan’s music but the three, yes three worst concerts I have attended were my three Dylan concerts.

          • SuperStrapper

            Love the theory of it, have never appreciated the execution.

        • Mark1884

          I agree, no talent.

          • Berndt Norten

            !!!!???? No songwriting talent?

          • Berndt Norten

            Of course you’re pulling me leg.

          • Mark1884

            Sorry, I actually hate Dillon. His singing style sounds horrible to me. Almost like a joke.

          • Berndt Norten

            Here’s the appeal: the brilliant songwriting. Admittedly, the voice is less than ideal. But try his album “Blood on the Tracks.” My favorite.

            Purple clover, Queen Anne lace
            Crimson hair across your face
            You could make me cry if you don’t know
            Can’t remember what I was thinkin’ of
            You might be spoilin’ me too much, love
            You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go

            Flowers on the hillside, bloomin’ crazy
            Crickets talkin’ back and forth in rhyme
            Blue river runnin’ slow and lazy
            I could stay with you forever
            And never realize the time

            Situations have ended sad
            Relationships have all been bad
            Mine’ve been like Verlaine’s and Rimbaud
            But there’s no way I can compare
            All those scenes to this affair
            You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go

            You’re gonna make me wonder what I’m doin’
            Stayin’ far behind without you
            You’re gonna make me wonder what I’m sayin’
            You’re gonna make me give myself a good talkin’ to

            I’ll look for you in old Honolul-a
            San Francisco, Ashtabula
            You’re gonna have to leave me now, I know
            But I’ll see you in the sky above
            In the tall grass, in the ones I love
            You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go

          • Mark1884

            I will respect your opinion!

  • Berndt Norten

    A Leonardo just sold for $450 million. And it’s of questionable provenance. It’s a mad, mad, mad world. Wild at heart and weird on top.

    • SuperStrapper

      Estimate was 100 million. Mad world indeed.

    • IG

      I wouldn’t pay one dollar for that Hollywood junkie.

      • Berndt Norten

        But Leo drives a Prius and therefore is virtuous!

    • IanE

      Yes, the super-rich are finding it very hard to spend their money nowadays! I rather hope (oh dear, pure jealousy I suppose) that the haute-everything market collapses soon.

  • SuperStrapper

    Love contemporary Cartier watchmaking.

    Can’t say I’m a big fan of either of these. The metal colour might be the factor and would like to see it in white gold or similar. The 9982 movement is attractive and has an interesting architecture. The finishing looks superb, although some untouched movement macros would be welcome: hopefully the blog will get a hands on.
    The mystery watch hits me the same as basically all Cartier mystery watches: technically impressive and aesthetically unwelcome. I’ll just never be the target audience for a watch that shows off the wrist underneath it.

    • Mikita

      “I’ll just never be the target audience for a watch that shows off the wrist underneath it.”

      Angelus offer an inner surface of the caseback with a mirror coating. Maybe this can be a potential solution?

  • BNABOD

    Oh my…………..why did they why? what for ? who would ever buy this…….shame Cartier can produce sum cool stuff but this is an epic fail.

  • Mikita

    The biggest problem of Cartier – Lange.

    • IG

      I’m not sure that the two clientèles are intersected.

      • Mikita

        Why not?

        • IG

          Quite different æsthetics.

    • Brian

      Second biggest problem – no Rubber B compatibility.

      • Mikita

        Damn!

        • UniversalXpectator

          Add to that no Sponsored Posts!!!

  • Paul Flury

    Hmmm.. the Day&Night: what time is it exactly? The setting of the hands is poor.

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