In addition to the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon, Cartier’s second mystery watch unveiled this year is the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hours. Both pieces fall with the Cartier Fine Watchmaking collection, which is the brand’s top-of-the-line, and draw inspiration from Cartier’s history with Mystery clocks dating back to 1912. This piece is, in my view, is Cartier’s second finest achievement for 2013 — I like the the Mysterious Double Tourbillon which, in contrast to this piece, met standards to carry the Geneva Seal. Though on second thought I think that the Rotonde d Cartier Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the real star of Cartier’s offerings this year.
Nonetheless, this piece has a superb and intriguing mechanics with elegant design. It will be offered in both white and rose gold case (42mm), with a price of 38,500 EUR and 36,000 EUR, respectively. A surprisingly accessible price for a piece like this, I might add.
As with the Mysterious Double Tourbillon, the hands of the caliber 9981 MC movement are mounted on sapphire discs. There is gearing which surrounds the discs and drives them — but of course the gearing his hidden by the dial, hence “mysterious”.
Cartier calibre 9981 MC