Last December, we informed you that in 2014 Cartier will launch the Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon which will come with an unusual moon phase design, along with three other watches including the amazing Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire. Last week Cartier introduced the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch at the 2014 SIHH which is a perfect representation of the French watchmaker’s fine craftsmanship. The watch is technically and creatively brilliant. From the looks itself, it’s easy to pick out that this is not a subtle watch. The Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon is equipped with a tourbillion, a moving Lapis Lazuli disc to display the phase of the moon on demand and a second timezone display as well.
The Earth and Moon has a platinum case that has a diameter of 47mm and thickness of 16.65mm. The dial is bright blue lapis lazuli in color mimicking the sky and is embellished white gold Roman numerals over the top that also features a map of the earth at the center. The tourbillion sits at the bottom of the watch balancing the design nicely. Pressing a pusher on the case, the disc descends over the tourbillon such that it reproduces the proper crescent moon in the sky. The back of the movement (Calibre 9440 MC) is equally beautiful; the mechanicals are visible as it is openworked and nicely finished. Only 50 pieces of the Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon will be made and it is priced at 200,000 EUR (approximately $275,000).