Introducing: Three Supercomplicated Cartier Watches From The Fine Watchmaking Collection

Last but not least in the Fine Watchmaking Collection this year is this one: the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon – and it’s, you know, just what it says on the tin. While I don’t know that this is an entirely harmonious watch aesthetically, of the three, it’s still the one I would probably enjoy owning the most. It’s a 45mm x 11.50mm watch which is, certainly, objectively large, but no one can say Cartier didn’t take advantage of the real estate. First of all, there is the mystery tourbillon, which is handled quite cleverly. Tourbillons generally work by having the cage rotate around a fixed fourth wheel, which in turn engages with the escape wheel on the tourbillon carriage. In this watch, the fixed wheel is actually at the center of the mystery disk, and the tourbillon is on a second disk which rotates around it. This disk is, in the usual fashion for mystery clocks and watches, driven by teeth on its periphery which are hidden from view.

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