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SIHH 2017: Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon

Jason Pitsch

Ahead of SIHH 2017, which takes place in January, Cartier has previewed three new timepieces: the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour, the Panthère Joueuse, and the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon. It is the most complicated of the timepieces, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon, that is the most exciting horologically. The new haute horology watch is shown in a 45 mm x 11.15 mm grade 5 titanium case, that weighs under 50 grams. It is also available in also available in two platinum variants, with diamonds. Driving the hours and minutes, the mysterious double tourbillon, and the minute repeater is Cartier’s in-house developed caliber 9407 MC, which as you can see, is fully exposed on the dial side. In the center, you see the sword-shaped hour and minute hands. At 10 o’clock

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Cartier's newly renovated 653 Fifth Avenue Mansion

Jason Pitsch

Cartier’s three premiere worldwide flagships boutiques are in Paris, London, and New York, respectively. Following a massive storewide renovation that required closing the New York flagship 653 Fifth Avenue location, which began in 2014 – as of September 7th, 2016 – the Cartier Mansion is now open for business again. To put it in further perspective, during the renovation, Cartier built-out a temporary store at 767 5th Avenue (just behind the 5th Avenue Apple Store) to sustain sales and service their elite clientele during the renovation. Interestingly, that store did so well, that they are keeping it open, along with the flagship Mansion, even though the locations are only 7 blocks apart. After almost a century at 653 Fifth Avenue, Cartier will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. Below are interior shots, provided by Cartier, of each of the unique

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The story behind the historic Cartier Fifth Avenue mansion

Jason Pitsch

Cartier was founded in Paris, France in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier. In over a century of operation, the company has acquired a long list of famous clients, from celebrities to royal families, many with interesting back stories. However, the sale of a pearl necklace to a businessman named Morton F. Plant in 1917 is one of the most important in the company’s history. Pierre Cartier 1910 In 1912, Pierre Cartier, the grandson of the Cartier founder, began searching for a location in New York City on par with Cartier’s rue de la Paix flagship in Paris and New Bond Street in London. He spent five years searching, and finally, in 1917 he found a neo-Renaissance style mansion situated in a prime Manhattan location that was exactly what he had envisioned. At the time, according to Cartier, “Pierre proposed the legendary

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Introducing the Cartier Drive Watch Collection

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Cartier debuted an all new automotive-inspired watch collection, called the Drive de Cartier, last week in Geneva. The automotive inspired design is distinguished by a cushion-shaped case, crafted in steel or pink gold – with a choice of a black, grey, or white dial. Satin textured flanks contrast against the fully polished surfaces on the top and bottom of the case, highlighting its elegant curves. Each dial, is punctuated by large Roman numeral hour markers, intricate guilloché motifs, and sword-shaped hands (blued steel or pink gold). Cartier Drive in pink gold with grey dial There are three models within the Drive collection, starting with a three-hand and date model, then a retrograde dual time with day/night indication, and a complicated flying tourbillon model at the top of the line. Cartier caliber 1904-PS MC The first is powered by caliber 1904-PS

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Cyrille Vigneron takes over as CEO of Cartier

Cartier, the largest brand within the Richemont Group, announced November 6, 2015, the appointment of Cyrille Vigneron as the new CEO of Cartier International, which became effective January 1, 2016. Vigneron succeeds Stanislas de Quercize and joins the Richemont Group Management Committee on the same date. Cyrille Vigneron said, “I am delighted to be back at Cartier and I am looking forward to embarking with its teams on this new journey. We know each other well and I am confident that I can rely on their enthusiasm to continue the great work carried out by Stanislas de Quercize, and address the challenges currently facing the Maison and the profession as a whole.” Cyrille Vigneron is a 54-year-old French national, who worked with the Richemont Group from 1988 to 2013, including as Managing Director of Cartier Japan (1997-2002), President of Richemont

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Rotonde de Cartier Grande Complication

The Rotonde de Cartier Grande Complication combines a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater and a flying tourbillon. Its development took 5 years – followed by 15 weeks of production, 10 weeks of decorating and finishing and 5 weeks of assembly. The result: is the most complicated timepiece ever produced by Cartier. The Cartier Grande Complication comes in a platinum 950 case – that is polished to a mirror finish – and measures 45 mm in diameter by 12.6 mm. A beaded platinum crown set with a blue sapphire cabochon gives it the distinctive Cartier look. An open-worked dial that is crafted from 18K white gold allows a full view of the minute repeater gongs at 6 o’clock, the tourbillon at 12 o’clock, along with numerous components that would typically be covered by the dial. The 47 jewel in-house made caliber

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Pre-SIHH 2015: Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton

Later this month, Cartier will unveil a skeletonized version of their Astrotourbillon. This new iteration uses caliber MC 9461 which is an open-worked version of the original caliber MC 9451 that took Cariter 5 years to develop. The Astorbuillon features a tourbillon cage that circles the dial once every 60-seconds. Ingeniously, the balance bridge which is shaped like an arrow, points to the chapter ring as it rotates to indicate seconds. The case is 47 mm in diameter, like the original Astrotourbillon, but overall the aesthetic is completely different now that the dial has been removed. All that is holding the movement in place is three supports from the main plate, two of which are in the shaped as Roman numerals to mark 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The result, is a perfect view of the movement, and the tourbillon,

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SIHH 2015: Cartier Crash Skeleton

At SIHH 2015, Cartier will release a skeletonized version of their original 1967 “Crash” watch, which is said to have been inspired by a Cartier executive’s timepiece that was smashed in a car accident. The look was also likely inspired by the Salvador Dali painting “The Persistence of Memory.” Naturally, the shape of the watch caused a number of production complications. First, the case was very difficult to machine because of the unique curvature, compounded by the fact that it is platinum. Second, mineral crystals were used front and back, presumably because Cartier found it impossible or cost prohibitive to manufacture sapphire crystals with both vertical and horizontal curves. Lastly, the movement was of course extremely challenging to develop and manufacture because it had to fit within the uncommon shape of the asymmetrical case. The caliber MC 9618 is based

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REVIEW: Cartier Two-Tone Diver's Watch

Overview The Calibre de Cartier Diver’s watch, which we previously covered here and here, represents Cartier’s first foray into dive watches. It’s also the most rugged and sporty watch they have ever produced.

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Hands-On with Cartier's New Diver's Watch

This is a quick hands-on look at the new Calibre de Cartier Diver watch. It is one of thinnest mechanical dive watches on the market, measuring just 11 mm thick. The case is 42 mm in diameter, and it is available in either steel, two-tone (rose gold and steel) or rose gold.

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