Cartier – Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon
Cartier capitalizes on its incredible savoir-faire
Since 2007, Cartier has accustomed us to virtuosity beyond compare : to date, it is the only fine watchmaking company ever to have developed the capacity to achieve such far-reaching ambitions! In just ten years, this La Chaux-de-Fonds-based watchmaker has imagined, created and manufactured an amazing 45 different calibres. A remarkable demonstration of prowess, designed to secure indisputable legitimacy in the timepiece market, in record time. And, although Louis-François Cartier’s sons were the masterminds behind a few iconic pieces, such as the Santos in 1904 and the Tank in 1919, the brand has never hushed the fact that, for years, it has been calling on third parties to provide it with movements.
Regardless of how striking this advancement was, it now seems to have come to an end. In any case, this is what we could be led to believe when we discover the new pieces for 2017: apart from the jewellery models (Cartier’s initial activity) and the Métier d’Art timepiece, the complication watches embrace later developments. Such is the case for this Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon: and although this is the first time that Cartier has married these two elements together, the first was already presented back in 2012 and the second in 2013.
Let’s start with the minute repeater : to ensure sound quality is optimal, the titanium case of this Cartier Rotonde model has been hollowed out so that the watch head weighs less than 50 grams. What’s more, sound vibration transmission is maximized through four attachment points between the movement and the case, and two extra attachment points at gong level. And, last but not least, the square gong section promises consistent sound. This complication, the culmination of five years’ development, was unveiled for the first time in 2012 in the Cartier Rotonde Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon.
And, it goes without saying, the mysterious movements are definitely a part of Cartier’s DNA. The first pendulum to embrace this highly-particular architecture, where the mechanism appears to have vanished, was the 1912 work of the watchmaker Maurice Coüet, Cartier’s exclusive partner. The double tourbillon in this piece appears to hover at the heart of an aperture set at 10 o’clock. The carriage rotates around itself in 1 minute, whilst the sapphire disc that embeds it has a 5-minute rotation period. This high-powered development features in the Rotonde Mysterious Double Tourbillon presented in 2013.
After a crazy period of creativity, it seems that Cartier has now reached the ‘ age of reason ’.
By Fabrice Eschmann