New Cartier Timepiece a Horological Mystery

By Paul Joseph

Iconic French jewellery house Cartier has introduced a brand new timepiece inspired by the iconic Mystery Clocks by Cartier produced in early 1910s.

The first timepiece from the brand’s Pre-SIHH 2018 collection, the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night puts a modern spin on the original Mystery model, which was produced in 1912, and features the Day & Night function designed for the first time in the same year.

Two versions of the watch will be available in 18-karat white and another in pink gold. Each watch has a 40mm gold case along with the brand’s signature design detail in the form of cabochon blue sapphire winding crown.

The dial’s centre is finished with a circular Guilloché motif, while the outer part carries a dark brown tone with Sun Beam pattern. The retrograde style minute display is located at the bottom half of the dial and it’s read by a lone bright blue steel hand punctuating the dial.

The top half of the dial is where the mystery and Day & Night features are placed. The mystery display uses a pair of indicators, one depicting the sun and one depicting the moon, to show the slow movement of the day and night along a 12-hour scale and appear to be floating without being connected to the centre.

The watch is powered by Cartier’s in-house movement Caliber 9982 MC and the hand-wound movement has 48 hours of power reserve.

The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is priced at $63,000 and will be available for sale from next year.

By Paul Joseph