Pre-SIHH 2014: Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Watch

December 17, 2013 | by Roberta Naas, atimelyperspective.com | Watches

Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Watch.

The Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch offers tourbillon, second time zone, and moonphase on demand.

—ROBERTA NAASATimelyPerspective.com 

Packing a punch—a technical, aesthetic, and watchmaking prowess punch—is what this newest Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon timepiece is all about. The alluring blue-dialed beauty is set to be officially unveiled at the January 2014 SIHH, but we bring you a sneak peek here.

The simply dazzling dial is created of lapis lazuli and features a platinum grid in the form of the Roman numerals for the dial. At 12:00, there is a platinum rendition of Earth, with an aperture above it for the moonphase indication. The complex timepiece houses the Calibre 9440 MC—with 362 parts and 40 jewels. The complicated mechanical manual wind movement offers tourbillon, second time zone, and the unusual feature of a moonphase on demand. It also offers three days of power reserve.

The simply dazzling dial is created of lapis lazuli and features a platinum grid in the form of the Roman numerals. The 47 mm watch is cased in platinum as only a true work of art should be, and features a sapphire crystal and caseback that allows for viewing of the movement. The crown is beaded in platinum and set with a blue sapphire cabochon. The watch is finished with an alligator strap and is water-resistant to 30 meters. Just 50 numbered pieces will ever be made.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAZIZ HAMANI © CARTIER 2013

Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

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