Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Squelette

W1556250

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Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Squelette

Brand  : Cartier
Collection  : Fine Watchmaking Collection
Model  : Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Squelette
Reference  : W1556250
Nber of pieces : 100
Complement : White Gold - Alligator Strap
On sale : 2015

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  • Brand  : Cartier
    Collection  : Fine Watchmaking Collection
    Model  : Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Squelette
    Reference  : W1556250
    Nber of pieces : 100
    Complement : White Gold - Alligator Strap
    On sale : 2015
    List Price : 179 000 €
    Diameter : 47 mm
    Thickness : 15.5 mm
    Styles : Atypical
    High Horology
    Types : Hand-winding
    Calibre : Calibre 9461 MC
    Complication : Tourbillon
    Skeleton
    Case material : White gold
    Case peculiarity : Sapphire caseback
    Beaded crown set with a sapphire cabochon
    Shape : Round
    Water-resistance : 30 meters
    Display : Blued steel Sword-shaped hands
    Indexes : Roman numerals
    Glass : Sapphire
    Strap material : Alligator leather
    Strap color : Black
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    + More characteristics : Mechanical Manufacture movement with manual winding 9461 MC
    Astrotourbillon complication with rotation of the cage in one minute
    233 parts
    23 jewels
    Casing-up diameter:
    16¾ lignes. i.e. 38 mm
    Movement thickness: 8.89 mm
    Frequency: 21.600 vibrations/hour
    Power reserve of approximately 48 hours

    Case in 18-carat white gold

    Double adjustable folding buckle in 18-carat white gold

DESCRIPTION

  • SIHH 2015

    A WEIGHTLESS ROTATION
     
    ROTONDE DE CARTIER ASTROTOURBILLON SKELETON WATCH CALIBRE 9461 MC  

    Created by Cartier in 2010, the Astrotourbillon has been the subject of a great deal of watchmaking research since its very conception. Thanks to this watch with its spectacular dial, it today stands as one of the emblematic watchmaking complications of the Cartier Fine Watchmaking collection.  

    The creation and evolution of the Astrotourbillon
     

    In 2010, Cartier offered a new vision of traditional tourbillon design with the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon watch. For the first time, this complication was no longer limited solely to its function, wich consists of guaranteeing better timekeeping and reducing the effects of gravity, but instead was fully incorporated into the aesthetics of the watch. Indeed, unlike classic tourbillons which rotate around their own axis, the Astrotourbillon is distinguished by its elongated cage that enables the balance to make a complete circle of the dial in a minute, thus marking the seconds and evoking a star.  

    In 2012, on the back of research led by the innovation programme responsible for the ID One and ID Two concept watches, which explore, among other areas, the performance of materials never before seen in watchmaking, Cartier decided to use carbon crystal for the Astrotourbillon, thus making it the first Cartier movement available for purchase to benefit from this incredible technical advancement.  

    2014: The very essence of the Astrotourbillon
     

    It is as a sculptor of shapes that Cartier has approached this new interpretation of the Astrotourbillon. Entirely laid bare, disentangled from all other mechanisms in order to move into the foreground, it has been entirely rethought and created according to the strictest rules of proportion, harmony and balance. Behind lies an aesthetic intention, a daring creative stance that aims to highlight the movement’s structure so that it “disappears” behind the imposing XII and VI on the dial - a true Cartier signature. Freeing up this space allowed the Maison’s watchmakers to showcase the Astrotourbillon in all its majesty and increase the amplitude of its rotation.  

    The XII and the VI: a Cartier watchmaking signature
    Entirely skeletonised, the main plate of the 9461 MC movement rests on just these two Roman numerals. In this unique architecture, these bridges powerfully structure the calibre, defining its appearance and supporting the construction.  

    A weightless rotation for the Astrotourbillon.
    This architecture is aerial both in terms of its structure and its tourbillon cage. In fact, its elongated form enlarges the amplitude of its trajectory and evokes a celestial body travelling through space. At the crossroads of technical progress and a daring artistic vision, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton watch embodies the Maison’s ambitions: at once creative and innovative, from both a technical and aesthetic perspective, it is at the heart of the great challenges met by Cartier Fine Watchmaking. Today it has accomplished the double feat of reducing the movement to an almost sculptural form and generously enlarging the orbital trajectory of this unique complication: the Astrotourbillon.

  • SIHH 2015

    A WEIGHTLESS ROTATION
     
    ROTONDE DE CARTIER ASTROTOURBILLON SKELETON WATCH CALIBRE 9461 MC  

    Created by Cartier in 2010, the Astrotourbillon has been the subject of a great deal of watchmaking research since its very conception. Thanks to this watch with its spectacular dial, it today stands as one of the emblematic watchmaking complications of the Cartier Fine Watchmaking collection.  

    The creation and evolution of the Astrotourbillon
     

    In 2010, Cartier offered a new vision of traditional tourbillon design with the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon watch. For the first time, this complication was no longer limited solely to its function, wich consists of guaranteeing better timekeeping and reducing the effects of gravity, but instead was fully incorporated into the aesthetics of the watch. Indeed, unlike classic tourbillons which rotate around their own axis, the Astrotourbillon is distinguished by its elongated cage that enables the balance to make a complete circle of the dial in a minute, thus marking the seconds and evoking a star.  

    In 2012, on the back of research led by the innovation programme responsible for the ID One and ID Two concept watches, which explore, among other areas, the performance of materials never before seen in watchmaking, Cartier decided to use carbon crystal for the Astrotourbillon, thus making it the first Cartier movement available for purchase to benefit from this incredible technical advancement.  

    2014: The very essence of the Astrotourbillon
     

    It is as a sculptor of shapes that Cartier has approached this new interpretation of the Astrotourbillon. Entirely laid bare, disentangled from all other mechanisms in order to move into the foreground, it has been entirely rethought and created according to the strictest rules of proportion, harmony and balance. Behind lies an aesthetic intention, a daring creative stance that aims to highlight the movement’s structure so that it “disappears” behind the imposing XII and VI on the dial - a true Cartier signature. Freeing up this space allowed the Maison’s watchmakers to showcase the Astrotourbillon in all its majesty and increase the amplitude of its rotation.  

    The XII and the VI: a Cartier watchmaking signature
    Entirely skeletonised, the main plate of the 9461 MC movement rests on just these two Roman numerals. In this unique architecture, these bridges powerfully structure the calibre, defining its appearance and supporting the construction.  

    A weightless rotation for the Astrotourbillon.
    This architecture is aerial both in terms of its structure and its tourbillon cage. In fact, its elongated form enlarges the amplitude of its trajectory and evokes a celestial body travelling through space. At the crossroads of technical progress and a daring artistic vision, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton watch embodies the Maison’s ambitions: at once creative and innovative, from both a technical and aesthetic perspective, it is at the heart of the great challenges met by Cartier Fine Watchmaking. Today it has accomplished the double feat of reducing the movement to an almost sculptural form and generously enlarging the orbital trajectory of this unique complication: the Astrotourbillon.

  • Brand  : Cartier
    Collection  : Fine Watchmaking Collection
    Model  : Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Squelette
    Reference  : W1556250
    Nber of pieces : 100
    Complement : White Gold - Alligator Strap
    On sale : 2015
    List Price : 179 000 €
    Diameter : 47 mm
    Thickness : 15.5 mm
    Styles : Atypical
    High Horology
    Types : Hand-winding
    Calibre : Calibre 9461 MC
    Complication : Tourbillon
    Skeleton
    Case material : White gold
    Case peculiarity : Sapphire caseback
    Beaded crown set with a sapphire cabochon
    Shape : Round
    Water-resistance : 30 meters
    Display : Blued steel Sword-shaped hands
    Indexes : Roman numerals
    Glass : Sapphire
    Strap material : Alligator leather
    Strap color : Black
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    More characteristics : Mechanical Manufacture movement with manual winding 9461 MC
    Astrotourbillon complication with rotation of the cage in one minute
    233 parts
    23 jewels
    Casing-up diameter:
    16¾ lignes. i.e. 38 mm
    Movement thickness: 8.89 mm
    Frequency: 21.600 vibrations/hour
    Power reserve of approximately 48 hours

    Case in 18-carat white gold

    Double adjustable folding buckle in 18-carat white gold