Cartier Makes Time Fly with the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Reversed Dial Watch

The watchmaker puts its skill in guilloche and damaskeening on full display…

One of the more than 100 new watch models that Cartier debuted at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, the Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Reversed Dial Watch puts the company’s considerable artistic and technical prowess in the spotlight. The watch’s white-gold dial is decorated with a sunray guilloche pattern that seems to emanate from the off-center aperture revealing the flying tourbillon. The tourbillon’s cage, which makes a complete rotation every minute, is affixed with a Cartier “C” that indicates the seconds by pointing at indices printed around the aperture. The watch’s sword-shaped blued-steel minute and hour hands are positioned above the tourbillon. The main plate, visible through the back crystal, is decorated with Côtes de Genève finishing and has small apertures that allow peeks at the mechanism running within. Wound by a crown topped with a cabochon sapphire, the watch has a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. The $158,000 Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon will be limited to 100 pieces. (cartier.us)

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