First look…lapis lazuli dial + moon phase “on demand”…
As I mentioned minutes ago, here is one of the new 2014 pieces from Cartier: the Earth Moon. Like the Astrocalendaire, this piece is cased in platinum (47mm). The watch has a unique “on demand” moonphase shown by way of a moving stone lapis lazuli disc positioned over tourbillon aperture. That is, by pressing a pusher on the case, the disc descends over the tourbillon such that it reproduces the proper crescent moon in the sky (lapis luzili the dark/shadow, the remaining tourbillon, the white/visible portion of the moon). You can see that the rest of the dial is also lapis lazuli. There is also a second time zone indication, set via a second pusher at four o’clock.
This creative concept reportedly came from Cartier’s head of technical development Carole Forestier with execution by none other than Renaud & Papi (a group that Cartier works with often for its high complications). The back of the movement (Calibre 9440 MC) is equally beautiful — openworked and nicely finished:
Only 50 pieces of the Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon will be made, priced at 200,000 EUR or about $275,000 apiece.