Since it was set up in 2010, Cartier’s Fine Watchmaking Club has served as the vehicle for communicating to the press every December the pending treasures to follow at Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) held in Geneva every January. As sneak previews go, the quality of the timepieces has always justified the melodrama. Or should that be foreplay?
Because the group is small, Cartier is able to go into greater detail than would be possible when dealing with upward of 2000 journalists at the Salon. The club’s members are treated to hands-on access, detailed presentations and a wealth of technical material.
For 2017, the taster involves three fascinating timepieces, including a wild complication for the ladies. Following the Cartier Fine Watchmaking themes of mystery watches, skeletons and those with a panther motif, the trio of new models addresses each one.
Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon
It’s a mouthful, but then the watch it describes is both an eyeful and an earful, too. As the name promises, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon combines three features to delight those who enjoy the presence of complications. Any one of them would be justification for acclaim, Cartier having revived the “mystery watch” with great panache. Here, the mysterious moving element is the floating tourbillon, and it’s a double tourbillon to boot.