Rotonde De Cartier Astrocalendaire
Cartier has long been celebrated as a leading purveyor of luxury timepieces. Their popularity can be traced to a number of influences, one of which is the creative wellspring and fashion capital, Paris. Couple this with the fact that every item they produce now belongs to a rich heritage – a story which began with the transition from pocket watches to the modern customary wristwatch. In the decades since then they have perfected the art of producing items that epitomise style and sophistication. You’d be forgiven for thinking that they’d run out of tricks, but then in steps the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire, a watch designed to revolutionise the standard perpetual calendar watch with a spirited reinvention.
The Parisian powerhouse has combined function and fashion with a three-dimensional concentric display, offering the day, date and month, whilst also framing a flying tourbillon that coolly rotates once every minute. It makes quite the centrepiece. Watchmaking aficionados will surely appreciate the ease of using the beaded crown, set with a blue cabochon sapphire, to alter settings, as well as the fine finish that leaves this Poinçon de Genéve certified timepiece gleaming. Take into account the mechanical self-winding movement, encased in platinum, galvanised guilloche dial with furrowed detailing, like wind-cut sand dunes, and you’ve got yourself an irresistible little piece of machinery. We also like the added touch of the black roman numerals, applied by transfer, and sword-shaped blue-steel hands.