In recent years, as the growth of the watch market has slowed down, many brands have relatively conservative attitudes to their own R & D creation and production marketing. Therefore, at the two main exhibitions in Switzerland every year, the masterpieces that can make the participants exclaim are beginning to become rare, and some of the new characters who have been fanatical in the past few years have gradually died down.
In my opinion, Cartier is a rare number among them, and it can even be called the mainstay of the watch industry: from fine watchmaking, formal watches, to jewellery watches, and craft watches, in recent years there have been a large number of Published styles; more brilliant performance in creativity and quality.
When a high-quality hollow watch is hollowed out of the main board and the plywood, it must remove the maximum degree of excess to show the sense of etherealness. Of course, the overall beauty of the movement must also be considered, and the ability of the plywood to support and fix parts must not be weakened. The dual requirements for craftsmanship and aesthetics are very high. The picture shows the 9622MC bracelet movement carried in the Carier Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton sapphire crystal skeleton watch.
In order to strengthen its influence in the field of professional watchmaking, Cartier has doubled its focus on the movement technology since the launch of the Fine Watchmaking series. However, what distinguishes Cartier, which also has a high jeweler status, from traditional professional watch brands is that the interpretation of fine watchmaking is not limited to the mechanical structure of complex functions. Presented in a style and beauty, each watch watch must not only have an exhilarating function, but also show Cartier’s unique aesthetic style. And the hollowed out watch that combines craftsmanship and aesthetics is obviously the key project that Cartier has developed in recent years.
Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon celestial tourbillon skeleton watch with 9461MC bracelet movement.
Last year, Cartier released two skeletonized watches in the watchmaking series, Tank Skeleton and Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton. They used the art of hollowing to interpret the legendary ‘tank’ watch. The aesthetics and craftsmanship made four of them shocked. This year, Cartier has continued to show the hollow stunts, not only launched the Skeleton hollowed out version of AstroTourbillon, but also launched three new top-level complex functions including the new perpetual calendar, tourbillon, minute repeater, and the most complicated Cartier watch in history—Rotonde de Cartier Large complication watches are also presented in the form of skeleton watches, the thickness of the movement is even only-5.49 mm, straight into the extraordinary realm of ultra-thin skeletons
See through the Supreme Complex Craftsmanship
Rotonde de Cartier large complication watch
When a high-quality hollow watch is hollowed out of the main board and the plywood, it must remove the maximum degree of excess to show the sense of etherealness. Of course, the overall beauty of the movement must be considered, and the ability of the plywood to support and fix parts must not be weakened The dual requirements for craftsmanship and aesthetics are very high. Therefore, to this day, only a few top brands are proficient in the technology of making hollow watches, and exquisite hollow watches, especially hollow watches with complex functions, have become rare watch crafts.
Rotonde de Cartier large complication watch, 950 platinum case, 45 mm diameter, hour, minute indication, perpetual calendar (date, week, month), tourbillon, minute repeater, 406MC automatic winding movement, energy storage 50 Hours, sapphire crystal, back case back, alligator strap, waterproof to 30 meters, Geneva mark.
Rotonde de Cartier large complex function watch If you want to look at the most complicated watch in Cartier’s history by strict standards, the movement is only partially but not completely hollowed out, but it does not completely meet the definition of ‘hollowed out watch’, so the brand Nor did Skeleton name the Grande Complication. However, this does not detract from its technical achievements. After all, the thickness of this movement, which combines three complex functions such as a perpetual calendar, a flying tourbillon and a minute repeater, is only 5.49 mm, not to mention it is still automatic What about the chain movement. How thin is it? Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Hybrids Mechanica 11 ultra-thin tourbillon watch released last year, the movement is 8.09 mm thick, while Vacheron Constantin is equipped with a perpetual calendar, tourbillon, and three-question Patrimony Traditionnelle Caliber 2755, the movement is 7.9 mm thick.
Grande Complication’s 9406MC self-winding movement is only 5.49 mm thick.
Cartier’s intentions are not only here. The start of the minute repeater is replaced by a push button to avoid the disadvantages of starting with incomplete power, and the sound quality is even better. In addition, this movement is certified by the Geneva Seal. Through the transparent design of the dial and the transparent bottom cover, the complex structure and perfect decoration of the movement can be seen. Show the brand’s strength in the field of complex machinery.
AstroTourbillon Skeleton skeleton watch
Cartier first introduced the Celestial Tourbillon skeleton watch in 2010. Due to the closed design at that time, this mechanism was covered with a mysterious veil. This year, the brand launched a skeleton version, which finally made this mysterious mechanism public. world. Cartier cleverly folded the structure of the 9461MC movement on the center, using only the Roman numerals XII and VI as the bracket of the movement, leaving a large area of transparent space, creating a tourbillon in the infinite universe The magnificent scene of operation.
Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon skeleton tourbillon skeleton watch, 18K white gold case, 47mm diameter, hour, minute indicator, tourbillon, 9461MC hand-wound movement, energy storage for 48 hours, sapphire crystal case back, crocodile leather Strap, waterproof 30 meters, limited to 100 pieces.
A century-old classic
According to rumors, the first skeleton watch appeared in 1760. Master watchmaker Andre-Charles Caron hollowed out fine parts such as the main board, bridge and gear. Watch history has written a new page. A high-quality skeleton watch, each part after the skeleton must be carefully polished, chamfered, decorated and carved to show an unparalleled streamlined posture and gorgeous and complex totem aesthetics.
Cartier’s Crash Skeleton Skeleton Watch and Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton Sapphire Crystal Skeleton Watch respectively show the exquisite beauty with the skeleton movement and the unique sapphire plate.
Crash skeleton watch, 950 platinum case, diameter 28.15 × 45.32 mm, hour and minute indication, 9618MC hand-wound movement, Roman numeral skeleton bridge, power storage 3 days, sapphire crystal case back, waterproof 30 meters , Alligator leather strap.
Crash Skeleton skeleton watch
Crash Skeleton skeleton watch Cartier launched the Crash watch in 1967, the exaggerated and imaginative style has made it an immortal classic watch in the last century. Cartier this year reinterpreted this legend with the concept of ‘openwork’, challenging Crash’s distorted case shape. To this end, the watchmaker specially extended the irregular shape of the case to the movement design, carefully arranged the structural layout of the 9618 MC movement parts in a situation that seemed to be ‘hit’, including the gear train and the direction of the bridge. , So that the configuration of the movement fully matches the classic irregular contour of Crash. The completely hollowed out movement plate is specially carved into exaggerated and distorted Roman numerals, which is directly used as the faceplate of the watch. It not only displays the unique beauty, but also echoes the theme of Crash.
9618MC bracelet movement
Tank Louis Cartier Skeleton skeleton sapphire crystal skeleton watch
The Cartier Tank watch, officially launched in 1917, was born in an age that celebrated the combination of speed and endurance, boldness and precision, beauty and rigor. The Tank watch allows the person wearing it to show a representation that reflects the memory of this era: an era that is time-centric regardless of economics, culture and aesthetics. In his nearly one hundred years of career, Tank has not diminished his glory and has not changed significantly due to the changes of the times. However, he has also constantly responded to the various features of different eras, both sticking to the basic elements of geometric aesthetics. We also continue to develop and design and develop a wide variety of watches with different personalities. The Tank Louis Cartier sapphire crystal skeletonized watch released by Cartier last year was very popular as soon as it was launched. Obviously, the elegant aesthetics of the Tank watch and the unique skeletonized movement really seem to be a match made in heaven. This year, a rose gold version will be launched to give the watch a gentle and noble appearance.
Tank Louis Cartier sapphire crystal skeleton watch, 18K rose gold case, diameter 30 × 39.2 mm, hours, minutes, small seconds, 9622MC bracelet movement, sapphire crystal skeleton design, power storage 3 days, sapphire crystal mirror and watch Back, water resistant to 30 meters, alligator strap.
9622MC bracelet movement
Tank Louis Cartier’s 9616 MC sapphire crystal skeleton watch and the rose gold version of the 9622 MC skeleton skeleton movement, creatively using the sapphire crystal part of the main plate of the movement, more clear and transparent than ordinary skeleton watches, Created a new vision of watch design. Cartier has registered a patent for this original design. Discussing its function again, the 9616 MC and 9622MC movements are composed of tightly connected metal rings, as if in a suspended state, to set off the refined beauty of the movement. The round bridge structure metal ring shows the harmony beauty of Tank Louis Cartier sapphire crystal skeletonized watch.