Cartier illustrates how the appeal of a great maison spans   generations, with models such as Clé de Cartier and Rotonde   de Cartier resonating as much with young consumers as with   the older generation.   Youthful consumers may consult their phones to tell the   time, but that does not mean they do not appreciate great   watchmaking.

“We at Cartier firmly believe that you buy a watch for an   emotional reason,” says CEO Stanislas de Quercize. “Purchasing a   Cartier creation means understanding the significance of everything   our maison stands for: search for excellence, exception, timeless   beauty and universal style, and patrimonial value.”  

Offerings at Watches&Wonders will reinforce these values with   Cartier novelties. As a master of shaped watches, Cartier will reveal the   first fine-watchmaking versions of the Clé de Cartier watch, the 2015   creation that houses two of Cartier’s most fascinating signature   complications: the mysterious movement and the flying tourbillon.  

“Three grand complications will also be presented in a black   lacquered mahogany box, as well as three unique watches, creations   that bear the mark of infinite sophistication between high jewellery   and precious watchmaking.”  

Clé de Cartier is the essence of simplicity in appearance, all its   elements perfectly balanced to achieve a “minimalist elegance”. Its   Roman numerals, rail-track minute circle and sword-shaped hands   are all reminders that this is Cartier.  

De Quercize says: “The maison has traditionally placed great   emphasis on the qualities of its designs, creating models characterised   by strong lines and distinctive forms. Clé de Cartier is no exception. We   were inspired by the pure lines and curves of architecture. And our   approach helped us design a new shape of watch. Clé de Cartier is   arched, sleek and ergonomic.”  

The soft curve of the design is new for Cartier, and so is the winding   crown, highlighted by a sapphire   which resembles a key, giving the   watch its name. This is a significant   feature. The indexed winding   mechanism allows the crown to   return to its original position   without changing the hands.  

There are versions of Clé de   Cartier and Rotonde de Cartier   which interpret two of Cartier’s   emblematic manufacture calibres: the   mysterious movement and the flying   tourbillon.  

In the mystery watch, the hands appear   to float independently of the   mechanism in an 18ct pink gold case of   41mm. Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour –   Calibre 9981MC – has a silver openwork   dial with touches of blue in the Roman   numerals and the sapphire on the crown.  

Calibre 9452 MC is the Clé de Cartier Flying Tourbillon. The flying   tourbillon has 142 parts, and each part of the mechanical movement   has been finished with attention to detail such as chamfered bridges,   drawn flanks and polished screw heads, meriting the “Poinçon de   Genève” insignia. The 35mm manually wound watch is presented in   an entirely diamond-set white gold case, with 478 brilliant-cut   diamonds totalling 3.56ct.  

“Intrinsic to Cartier’s history as a creative watchmaker is a spirit of   innovation, a pioneering ethos that has not just brought numerous   technical advances but also engendered ground-breaking new forms,   which guides us,” de Quercize says. “Today, we are a major player in   the field of watchmaking, and our positioning is clear: ‘Cartier, Creator   in High Watchmaking’. One of our priorities is to focus on innovation   and to make Cartier’s pieces exceed expectations.”  

To show off the maison’s creativity, an enticing black mahogany   box, lacquered to a reflective shine, houses three great complications:   a mysterious double tourbillon, a minute-repeater tourbillon and an   astrocalendar. This assemblage of haute horlogerie is so outstanding   that only five boxes are being offered.   The dials of the Rotonde de Cartier models are a deep vibrant blue   guilloché in radiating motif, providing a contrast to their black setting.  

The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon Calibre   9454 MC is remarkable. Created in 2013, the mysterious double   tourbillon rotates on itself in one minute as well as performing the   complete revolution in five minutes around the tourbillon carriage. It   appears to be suspended without support. The 45mm case is platinum   and the crown is set with the iconic sapphire cabochon.   The second of this trilogy is   Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater   Flying Tourbillon Calibre 9402   MC. The gongs and hammers are   displayed on the dial side while the   inertia fly-wheel is freed of its   upper bridge, making it “fly”. The   45mm case is titanium.  

Finally, the Rotonde de Cartier   Astrocalendaire, a tourbillon   complication with a perpetual   calendar and circular display   Calibre 9459 MC, completes the   set. This movement is   characterised by a central three-dimensional   display to clarify   the perpetual calendar’s   indications that juxtapose 12   months, seven days, the date   and the type of year in a   diameter of just a few   centimetres. A hand on the   back of the watch indicates   whether it is a leap year or a   normal year.  

Visitors will see unique   jewellery watches. The High Jewellery Inca Watch draws its inspiration   from the geometry of the Inca pyramids. White gold, diamonds and   onyx are used in a structure of diminishing superimposed squares.   The High Jewellery Koinobori Secret Watch is a diamond cuff with   16 oval rubies, each around one carat. This jewellery represents   around 1,000 hours of work by master craftsmen to suggest, in   precious jewels and white gold, the movement of carp in flowing   water.   Another 1,000 hours of work was committed to the creation of the   High Jewellery Cristallin Watch. The rock crystal of the dial can appear   transparent or opaque, and the diamonds interact with the rock   crystal in a dazzling fashion.

For the first time at this year’s Watches&Wonders, Cartier is   holding workshops and master classes with its craftsmen and master   watchmakers. Visitors will be able to try their hand at filigree work or   watchmaking by disassembling the Manufacture 1904 MC   movement.