SIHH 2014: Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon

First look…lapis lazuli dial + moon phase “on demand”…

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon watch

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.

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon angleview

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:

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon Calibe 9440 MC

Only 50 pieces of the Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon will be made, priced at 200,000 EUR or about $275,000 apiece.

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