We love a bit of Cartier magic here at LL and their Mysterious watches in particular are a source of fascination for watch lovers. For SIHH 2018, Cartier has introduced their Rotonde Double Tourbillon Mystérieux Squelette, which builds on the original 2013 edition. Only 30 of these skeletonized watches have been created.
What immediately draws your eye on this watch is the flying tourbillon which is sandwiched between two sapphire crystal discs and appears to be unconnected to any other part of the watch. It is powered by the gears that can be glimpsed through the gaps in the skeletonized framework that is designed to resemble roman numerals. Since it rotates in two ways – around the centrally mounted fixed wheel once every five minutes, as well as on its own axis once every 60 seconds – it can be called a double tourbillon. The watch has a power reserve of 52 hours.
The 45 mm case is crafted from platinum while the blued hands match the sapphire cabochon on the crown. A black alligator strap completes the watch which is reportedly priced $216,000.