CARTIER Cartier celestial body-operated tourbillon was first created by Cartier in 2010. Since its inception, it has led to research in the watchmaking field. This device can be seen at a glance through the magnificent dial of this model, which has now become one of the most representative complications in Cartier’s fine watchmaking series.
Magnificent Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon skeleton tourbillon skeleton skeleton watch
The birth and evolution of the celestial body tourbillon
In 2010, the advent of the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon astronomical tourbillon watch brought a new horizon to the traditional tourbillon concept. For the first time, the tourbillon is no longer limited to its single technical function, which is to reduce the influence of gravity to ensure the best chronological performance, and become an integral part of watch aesthetics. In fact, unlike the classic tourbillon which only rotates, the celestial rotating tourbillon is unique in its extended frame, which allows the balance wheel to rotate around the dial once a minute and at the same time indicate the seconds, like the movement of a star general. In 2012, Cartier launched a series of innovative research projects around the Cartier ID One concept watch and Cartier ID Two concept watch, aiming to explore new materials with unique performance in the field of watchmaking. Through research, Cartier decided to use carbon crystal material to create a celestial-rotating tourbillon, making it the first mass-produced Cartier movement to benefit from this technological innovation.
The main splint of the 9451 MC movement is completely hollowed out
2014: The Mystery of the Celestial Tourbillon
Cartier interpreted this new concept of astronomical tourbillon with the use of alien sculpture. It is completely exposed and has no contact with other mechanical parts, so it can be presented at the forefront. Its design and manufacturing process needs to carefully follow the most demanding laws of proportion, harmony and balance. Initially, this was done for aesthetic purposes, boldly innovating to highlight the structure of the movement, making it ‘disappear’ behind Cartier’s iconic Roman time scales XII and VI. Thereby, enough space is reserved for the brand watchmaker to show the magnificent beauty of the celestial rotating tourbillon, and at the same time ensure that it operates freely.
Celestial tourbillon has become one of the most representative complication in Cartier’s fine watchmaking series
Roman time scales XII and VI, Cartier’s iconic watchmaking
The main splint of the 9451 MC movement is completely hollowed out and supported by only two Roman time scales. In this unique structure, the bridge forms the whole of the movement, some of which are exposed and support the entire structure.
Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Cartier celestial tourbillon skeleton watch with Cartier 9461 MC workshop hand-wound mechanical movement
Celestial Tourbillon Rotation
The incredibly light structure also originates from the tourbillon’s frame. Its lengthened shape can indeed increase the amplitude of rotation, reminiscent of the traces of celestial bodies in space. Crossed by technological upgrades and bold artistic perspectives, the Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon skeleton tourbillon skeleton watch showcases the brand’s ambitions-both from a craftsmanship perspective and an aesthetic perspective, it is full of unique and innovative charm. A breakthrough in Cartier’s fine watchmaking collection. It achieves a double feat-giving the movement a sculptural appearance, while creating a wide operating space for the uniquely complex function of a celestial-operated tourbillon.
The Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Cartier Skeleton Tourbillon Skeleton Watch is equipped with the Astrotourbillon Astrotourbillon. The tourbillon frame consists of 233 parts per minute, including 23 gemstone bearings. Numbered and limited to 100 pieces