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Double Tourbillon the Latest Cartier ‘Mystery’ Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Part of Cartier’s impressive line-up for the forthcoming SIHH 2017 watch fair in Switzerland is the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, said to be one of the most complicated watches the iconic French brand has ever produced.

One of Cartier’s famous “mystery” watches, the new model features a minute repeater and tourbillon escapement with an entirely exposed movement.

The suspended hands found in most of Cartier’s mystery watches are this time replaced by a seemingly magic tourbillon. However, it is the patented double axis rotation which makes the new watch a double tourbillon, with the flying tourbillon cage rotating every minute and performing a lap around the sapphire disk every five minutes.

The watch’s new minute repeater also uses square section gongs and hammers visible on the dial side of the watch to achieve optimum sound. The minute repeater can be activated on demand at the push of a button.

Other notable features include a manually wound Cartier Caliber 9407MC movement which comprises 448 components, 45 jewels, black rhodium finishes and is Poinçon de Genève certified.

Pricing for the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon will be revealed during SIHH, which runs from 16 – 20 January.

By Paul Joseph