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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon Cal 9458 MC
by Kyle Stults on November 25, 2014

SIHH 2015 First Look…

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon Love Calibre 9458 MC watch

From its “Fine Watchmaking” department, Cartier will present in 2015 this new take on its Rotonde de Cartier flying tourbillon watch, this year in white gold featuring a large guilloché finished dial with flying tourbillon and other visible movement components on the dial.

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Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm
by Kyle Stults on November 24, 2014

SIHH 2015 first look…

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm watches

In 2015 Cartier will introduce an new version of its Rotonde de Carter Annual Calendar.   This may be considered an “evolved” version of the 2012 Rotonde Annual Calendar, but the changes are substantial and will, I think, broaden the appeal of this piece.  Most importantly, the 2015 Rotonde de Carter Annual Calendar will be presented in a 40mm case.  This is a full (and much welcomed) 5mm downsize vs. the prior iteration — I think we can all agree now that 45mm is, save for certain exceptional timepieces here and there, inappropriate for any refined & sophisticated dress watch, so this is much more desirable and appropriate size for this watch.

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The Rotonde De Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night
by Kyle Stults on October 05, 2014

Rotonde de Cartie Second Time Zone Day Night Blue dial

Last week Cartier unveiled an elegant new edition to its Rotonde de Cartier collection, the Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone/ Day Night.  As the name implies, there is a second time zone indicator on the watch, though this may not be apparent given its somewhat unusual retrograde execution.  Offered in steel, pink or white gold, all 42mm x 12mm, this is a super looking watch at an attractive price point (in steel, at least).  I’ll break it all down, below.
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Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat
by Kyle Stults on February 21, 2014

Cartier Ballon Bleu Extra Flat Rose Gold

One more new one from Cartier, the Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat is has a 40mm rose-gold case with a slim 6.9 mm thickness.  A white gold model is also offered, though I really like the aesthetic Cartier has achieved with the rose gold/gray combination.  Similar to the Ballon Bleu flying tourbillon (though without the enamlling), the dial has attractive flinqué style decoration on the dial, applied Roman numerals, slender sword-shaped hands, and the blue sapphire cabochon crown protected by a curved arch that gave the original Ballon Bleu watch its name.   The manual wind movement is the 430MC (base Piaget).  Price on this piece is $19,500.

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