For each of the past few years at the SIHH show in Geneva, Cartier has unveiled a “grande complication” (i.e. a highly complicated) wristwatch featuring a tourbillon, perpetual calendar and monopusher chronograph (see Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Skeleton, for example). The trend will continue this year – for 2012, Cartier has drawn inspiration from Cartier pocket watches produced in the 1930’s to produce the eye-catching piece you see here. The pocket watch is crafted in white gold, with skeletonized Roman numerals, something that we have also seen the past few years in some of Cartier’s higher end pieces.
Also in 2012 Cartier is introducing an impressive new minute repeater, which I will have up on the blog later today.
Perpetuelle SIHH 2012 Previews >>> Baume & Mercier Capeland Flyback Chronograph, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 40th Anniversary Watch, Panerai PAM 422, Girard-Perregaux 1966 Small Second, Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Automatic, Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon,
Cartier Skeleton Pocket Watch (Grand Complication)
Limited Edition 10 pieces (5 diamond-set pieces also to be produced)
59mm white gold case, mechanical hand-wind Calibre 9436 MC (Renaud et Papi, tourbillon+perpetual calendar+monopusher chronograph movement)
The watch includes an obsidian and rock crystal stand, along with a white gold chain and fob: