The present lot belongs to Cartier's famous Rotunde collection, described by the brand as 'showcasing the most advanced movements in Cartier Fine Watchmaking. The watch is exquisitely finished with generous proportions. The dial is full of depth and texture, the polished chapter rings and numerals appearing almost to float above a bed of beautiful guilloché. The aesthetic is further lifted by the the cabochon sapphire-set crown and blued steel hands lifts the aesthetic further. The result is a wonderfully finished, modern, piece that is quintessentially Cartier.
This watch however should not be judged by its beauty alone. Housed within is the incredibly innovative in-house calibre 9800 MC the crowning feature of which is the remarkable Astroregulateur. This complication, devised by Cartier's master watchmaker as an alternative to a standard tourbillon, alleviates the effects of gravity on the escapement by having it directly linked to the rotor allowing the escapement and the subsidiary seconds indication to rotate freely within the aperture to the dial. Interestingly the mechanism has been designed in such a way that, utilising two differentials, it forced to spin at a constant speed.
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