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in this issue ASA BUTTERFIELD BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

Cartier Defies Watchmaking Traditions with This Mystery Watch

HOUDINI OF HOROLOGY. Cartier is rewriting the history of “mystery watches” with the release of Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux

 

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The “mystery watches” are basically those whose minute and hour hands seemingly float in the air.

In this case, the watch movement, including the tourbillon, is brilliantly suspended as well, and makes a full sweep in one hour. The see-through dial defies watchmaking traditions, although Cartier’s signature crown remains the same.

As you adjust the time using the cabochon sapphire-topped crown, the manual-winding movement caliber 9462 MC subsequently turns along.

This unprecedented masterpiece comes in a 43.5mm palladium case—which is unbelievably thin at only 12mm—and is limited to 100 numbered pieces.

If you need something even more dazzling, the storied French house offers a version set with baguette-cut gems as well.

 

 

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