Cartier’s flagship cartier ballon bleu 33mm rose gold has become a stalwart of its array due to the fact 1917, the year of its launch. In spite of appearing inside a terrific wide range of models, it’s by no means misplaced its soul, or its reputation. Retrospective of an icon.
The new SIHH 2016 Cartier Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton makes its appearance only a year after the Clé de Cartier model was first introduced in 2015. It owes its name to its winding crown, the shape and clicking action of a key inspired by traditionally key-wound clocks, which Cartier now transposes onto the wrist, thus inventing a new watchmaking gesture. A symbolic example of Cartier ingenuity, it introduces the Maison’s first skeleton automatic movement, the calibre 9612 MC, scientifically designed so as to enhance its aesthetic appearance without any obstructions coming from its oscillating weight. Its character can be seen in the extravagance of the Roman numerals typical of the Cartier skeleton model. In this openworked design, the bridges in the shape of the numerals III, VI, IX and XII structure the movement and define its appearance between solid and void, transparency of the outlines and organic vitality of the cartier tortue mens watch components. Fitted with a 950/1000 palladium case measuring 41 mm in diameter, the watch is presented with a black alligator strap with double adjustable folding clasp in 18K white gold.
For the first time, Cartier’s master watchmakers have developed an automatic movement that merges naturally into this skeletonized architecture. An exploit that reveals the full force of their virtuosity. The challenge here was to skeletonize the oscillating weight and to make it invisible, while conserving the winding efficiency.
This feat was achieved by establishing a judicious balance between its thickness and diameter, determining the optimum weight of the 22K gold rotor. The Cartier skeleton here takes on a new dimension, a passage made all the more outstanding by the Clé de Cartier model. The new Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton is powered by the in-house calibre 9621 MC with a total diameter of 31.63 mm, 28 jewels, 165 parts and which provides a power reserve of 48 hours while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph. The stunning movement is fully visible via the display case back.
On the wrist, the watch wears slightly smaller than its actual size due to its barrel shaped case. However, its elegance and striking beauty is unparalleled.
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