Cartier’s introduction at the SIHH in 2013 was for me by and by a significant one, since the ‘Rotonde Mysterieuse’ was presented and the ‘Santos Dumont Skeleton’ in pink gold was dispatched. Two watches that I totally worship. The two of them had stunning highlights like the gliding hands of the Rotonde Mysterieuse and the transparant development of the ‘Santos Dumont Skeleton’. Just now a couple of days before the SIHH 2017, Cartier pre-reported another ‘Rotonde Mysterieuse’ that dominates the current version.
Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour Watch
It dominates because it is much more mysterious than its archetype. Cartier figured out how to bring two of the Maison’s chalice watches, the ‘Rotonde Mysterieuse’ and the skeleton type of f.i. the ‘Santos Dumont Skeleton’ together in the equivalent watch.
For this new watch, Cartier built up the new type 9983MC hand-wound development. The instrument depends on a quick idea that Cartier has effectively translated to the wrist. The Santos 100 Mysterieuse (2006) was the main model using this procedure. The hands are not straightforwardly connected to the development, yet are joined by two sapphire circles fitted with teeth around their perimeter. These plates are enacted by the development and turn the hands. With the type 9983MC, Cartier chose to uncover the stuff train of the mysterious development, that is typically covered up underneath the dial.
This straightforwardness uncovered even the littlest subtleties of the development’s design, yet uncovers nothing of the mysterious system’s enchantment. Once more, Cartier decide for the Rotonde de Cartier case to dispatch this complication. A very understandable decision that depended on its fair extents and unadulterated measurements. The round case gives an ideal setting to the first combination of these two signatures.
The Mystery timekeepers and watches have consistently been the most astounding watches in Cartier’s assortment and really since 1912 already.
Timepieces with a mysterious showcase were regularly seen as a delicate development. Subsequently, the types 9981MC and 9983MC passed all the standard and substantial tests effectively, including the drop-test on a hard surface. All Cartier watches experience these truly intense and broad testing stages and the Mystery watches are no exception!
Cartier has consistently been the lord of Mysterious watches. Not just their scope of Mystery timekeepers is world celebrated, the Mystery pocket watch from the thirties, was an achievement. What’s more, the just referenced Santos 100 Mysterieuse dispatched in 2006, does incredibly well at auctions.
We’ll leave you here with the specs and we will be back with more Cartier SIHH data soon.
Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Hour watch with Caliber 9983 MC
Dimensions: 42 mm
Crown: beaded, set with a sapphire cabochon
Dial: skeletonised spans looking like Roman numerals
Hands: sword-formed hands in rhodium-finish steel
Strap: black gator skin
Buckle: folding 18-carat white gold
Precious stone and case back: sapphire
Case thickness: 11.9 mm
Water-resistance: 3 bar (~30 meters)
Type 9983 MC
Assembling development with manual winding, Mysterious Hour, mysterious showcase of the hours and minutes, skeletonised spans looking like Roman numerals
Encasing diameter: 15 lines, ie. 33.64 mm
Absolute diameter: 36.7 mm
Thickness: 6.12 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Number of components: 192
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations/hour
Force reserve: 48 hours least