Here’s a first look at the Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch, a piece that will be officially unveiled in January 2012 at SIHH in Geneva, Switzerland. This piece builds off of previous innovations and design motifs to result in this interesting looking timepiece. The Caliber 9458 powering the Cadran Lové Tourbillon is actually a variant of an already existing tourbillon (the ladies “Alligator Tourbillon” from SIHH 2011) but the watch itself is decidedly masculine, i.e. with sculpted Roman numerals rather than a pave diamond crocodile. The tourbillon is actually a “flying tourbillon”, a complicated execution of the tourbillon in which the tourbillon carriage seems to “fly” on bridges. Cartier further adds to the aesthetic with a stylized Cartier “C” (see close-up below). Cartier connoisseurs will recognize the Roman Numeral design from to that used on the Santos skeleton watches in prior years (Cartier Santos Dumont Black Titanium, for example).
Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon Watch
Limited, numbered edition of 100 pieces
46.2mm white gold case, manual-wind mechanical manufacture Cartier Calibre 9458 MC (flying tourbillon, 50 hrs power reserve), sapphire-set crown,