The so-called “Mystery Clocks” are some of the most iconic timekeepers Cartier has ever made. The Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious collection has just received two new additions: the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night and the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon, each of them being equally appealing and inspired by the Mystery Clocks that Cartier made way back in the early 20th century.
These clocks were famous due to the fact that their hands were fixed onto clear discs driven by gears just out of view, a feature displayed by various other Cartier watches throughout time. This iconic look has been adapted for a number of Cartier’s watches.
The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night is available in a 40mm 18k pink gold or white gold case. Cartier fans will be pleased to know it also comes with the brand’s signature blue sapphire cabochon crown. Made out of 174 components, it beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of at least 48 hours.
The top half is where the two complications come into play. A mystery display (meaning you can see all the way through it and nothing appears to connect the “hands” to the central mechanism) uses a pair of indicators, one depicting the sun and one depicting the moon, to show the slow movement of the day and night along a 12-hour scale that is graduated from six to six along the top half of the dial.
The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon’s case size is 45mm wide and it is only available in platinum. For those who want a little more bling, there are also two additional versions, one with a paved diamond bezel and another with a paved diamond case and movement. In addition, the skeletonization of the movement has further accentuated the action of the double flying tourbillon. The double flying tourbillon makes a single rotation around the mystery dial once every 60 seconds.
The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon consists of 286 components, beats at 3Hz, and has a power reserve of at least 52 hours.
The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night will retail for $63,000 when it hits the market next year. The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch is priced at $216,000. If you want one with a paved diamond bezel, it is $324,000, and with a paved diamond case and movement it is $530,000. Each variant of the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon watch is limited to 30 pieces.