Cartier launched a number of remarkable watches which including Astromystérieux, Skeleton, Crash, Rotonde Earth and Moon at this year’s SIHH. The piece is available in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
The Rotonde de Cartier Astromysterieux watch opens a new chapter in the mystery watch series by the French Maison.
Inspired by the first Mysterious Hour and Mysterious Double Tourbillon models, the Astromystérieux breaks boundaries by marrying the central rotation of an escapement with the axis of the watch’s hands.
Just as a conventional tourbillon would, the Astromystérieux depends on a revolving cage, whose movement is powered by a fixed wheel connected to the barrel. But what distinguishes the Astromystérieux is the central rotation of its mysterious flying cage over a period of one hour, encompassing not only the escapement and balance-wheel, but also the gear train and barrel. The Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux includes a unique calibre 9462 movement.
Bound to stir up interesting conversations at a party, the 43.5 mm watch sits elegantly on the wrist. Thanks to a 12mm thick case crafted from 950/1000 palladium, the piece has a brilliant luster that shines differently than gold or platinum.