The fascinating Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch was presented earlier today and we got a few up close shots for you including a wrist shot. This watch is the fruit of a technical and creative ambition that for Cartier consists of bringing together two complications in a daring display. The watch owes its name to the stylized portrayal of the globe and the moon represented by a tourbillon. Together, they form a creative and animated world with skeletonized Roman numerals surrounding this dynamic feat of watchmaking. The moon-phase mechanism of the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch is founded on a creative and complex design that combines a tourbillon, moon phase on demand and a second time zone. The Tourbillon mechanism is a complex complication that falls within the expertise of a limited number of watchmakers. Its main function is to fight against the effects of gravity when the watch is in a vertical position. Because it appears in its original form and exists only when its user wishes it to, the moon phase on the Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon watch reveals a technical creativity that is doubly innovative. By pressing the push-button situated at four o'clock on the side of the case, a panels descends and partially obscures the Tourbillon carriage. The crescent thus formed reproduces exactly the moon's shape in the sky. Available in a limited edition of 50 pieces.
More pictures and full review coming later.
Sticker Price $200,000 Euro. For more info on Cartier's SIHH 2014 Novelties click here.