Tuesday, January 27, 2009

An SIHH 2009 Beauty! Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph

The Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph Watch is so Cartier and yet there is something quite different like a new flavor to an old recipe. The sword shaped hour and minute hands are partially hidden beneath a centrally placed chronograph sub dial which measures 30 minutes, with the use of a revolving disc that literally covers most of the hour and minute hand on the watch face. The chronograph is a breeze to read as all the 30 minutes are displayed on the disc. The watch hands are quite similar in size and thus when the hands are not displayed at the usual 10:10, confusion may result. Cartier has incorporated an intricate bi-level dial.

The 18K gold round case measures 42mm in diameter.The beaded crown adorned with the blue sapphire cabochon is placed in between sleek rectangular chronograph pushers. The movement is a new in house manually wound manufacturer calibre 9907MC which breathes life into the dial. The movement is made up of 272 pieces, each piece carefully crafted to ensure precision time keeping as well as incredible resilience and durability. The 9907MC also encompasses a unique vertical clutch mechanism which allows the chronograph to perform continuously without excessive strain to the mechanism. The balance frequency is 28,800 vibrations per hour, and a power reserve of 50 hours.

A gorgeous watch which blends horological innovation, creativity and functionality.

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