Carole Forestier-Kasapi, director of fine watchmaking at Cartier has been an industry trailblazer since her tenure at Ulysse Nardin. Having overseen the high profile ID concept watch project, Forestier-Kasapi has addressed some of haute horology’s nagging issues namely- lubrication and energy loss in geared movements.

Since production of the exemplary Cartier Astrotourbillon and the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, Cartier has essentially become the leader (if not, leading) watch manufacture to watch in the realm of haute horlogerie.

This SIHH 2013, expect no less from Cartier. The collection appears to be a return to the finest traditions of classicism and the romantic watch dials of yesteryear.

Ballon Bleu de Cartier tourbillon with double jumping second time zone watch in white gold. Laziz Hamani © Cartier 2012

Ballon Bleu de Cartier tourbillon with double jumping second time zone watch in white gold. Laziz Hamani © Cartier 2012

Ballon Bleu de Cartier tourbillon with double jumping second time zone

Satin finished, openwork grid with sunray effect and black transfer mix of Arabic and Roman numerals. This 18 carat white gold watch measures 13.8mm thickness and 46mm in diameter. Equipped with Calibre 9456MC.

Rotonde de Cartier perpetual calendar chronograph in white gold. Laziz Hamani © Cartier 2012

Rotonde de Cartier perpetual calendar chronograph in white gold. Laziz Hamani © Cartier 2012

Rotonde de Cartier perpetual calendar chronograph

White galvanised guilloche, silvered openwork grid with sunray effect and black transfer Roman and Arabic numerals, months and days of the week in 18 carat white gold. Equipped with Calibre 9423 MC movement with manual winding and perpetual calendar chronograph.