A watch with a name that’s just as complicated as its movement is bound to draw the attention of the masses at a horology fiesta like SIHH 2016. This is exactly why the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux managed to make several heads turn this January, apart from the fact that this timepiece packs sheer watch-making brilliance. The Astromystérieux literally has no component linking the winding crown to the movement, making it a jaw-dropping piece of art and engineering. Sporting a 43.5-mm case made in bright palladium of millesimal 950, the watch has left many connoisseurs wondering how its mysterious winding mechanism really works!
The watch’s mechanical manual-wind movement, the Caliber 9462 MC Astromystérieux complication is partially visible through the dial portion. The movement itself is made up of 408 parts and is 39mm wide by 5.9mm thick. With a power reserve of 50 hours, the watch’s balance wheel operates at 3Hz (21,600 bph). The watch is water resistant to 30 meters, though we doubt owners will risk taking one of these brilliant timepieces for a dip. Only 100 pieces of the Astromystérieux will be produced and sold, making it a truly exceptional and unique watch. The watch will be priced at $181,000 and Cartier has also announced a more expensive baguette-cut diamond-set version of the Rotonde De Cartier Astromystérieux.
[ Via : Ablogtowatch ]