Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton Watch Hands-On

I’ve consistently had a significant weakness for Cartier watches, particularly top of the line ones. The specific mix of method, design, and a generally Parisian interpretation of extravagance causes them to feel both traditionalist and loaded with character. The Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton (debuted here) is a genuine illustration of what to search for when you need a Cartier that is a lot fancier than the ones the vast majority have, however not all that colorful as to make it trying to wear on a normal basis.

All pictures by David Bredan

Cartier as of late declared that their Haute Horlogerie division would altogether hinder creation – as I understand it will zero in rather on more pragmatic, available (for example basic and less complicated) very good quality watches. Intriguing tourbillons and profoundly specialized and unique developments which the brand has gotten numerous accolades for will be progressively uncommon as the brand changes to generally support existing watches and delivering fewer selective watches that I accept will zero in more on decoration than a novel development or mechanism.


That persuades that generally, outside of “piece unique” manifestations for extraordinary clients, watches like the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton might just address the first in class items Cartier makes for men. The watch is really a combination of three existing things at Cartier, and that includes the Rotonde-style case, “mysterious” development which has the hour and moment hands on a straightforward plane, and what’s more, skeletonization of the in-house made type 9981 (which at that point becomes the type 9983) physically twisted movement.

We’ve generously seen this previously, and this watch pretty much addresses Cartier needing to make the most out of its developments by offering them in an assortment of cases. For example, on the off chance that you love the Mysterious Hour Skeleton however lean toward the Cartier Cle case, they have a watch for you in the Cle de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch (involved here) . The “non-Skeleton” variant of the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton watch was really the principal model to debut this style of “mystery dial movement” in 2013 (involved with the Rotonde de Cartier Mystery Hour here) .

Such designs have a long history returning to mid twentieth century table clocks created via Cartier. At that point, it was stylish for certain brands (Cartier included) to create secret dial tickers. Large numbers of these Art Deco style manifestations commended the fascinating optical deception made when the hands were not mounted to the dial through a stem just like the case in a conventional watch, but instead mounted on a straightforward plate, which itself highlights hidden equipping used to move it around the dial.


A skeletonized secret watch is unexpected since the skeletonization part kind of “ruins” the secret. I’ve not seen anybody comment on this, yet it wouldn’t prevent me from having a generally charming involvement in an item, for example, this. Indeed, in the event that you enjoyed the first Mystery Hour observe yet needed to “see even more,” at that point this Skeleton rendition may be appropriate for you. Note that the advantage of having a skeletonized rendition of the Mystery complication watch will cost about $15,000 USD more than the non-skeleton model.

At 42mm wide in palladium (solely until further notice I accept) the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton is similarly pretty much as wearable and comfortable as any Rotonde model. Why palladium? Great inquiry; Cartier probably needs to know whether you locate the fascinating and of-sketchy utility uncommon material selective. The round-case has a touch of French pizazz (despite the fact that it is Swiss Made) with its particular Cartier-style crown with blue sapphire gem stone cabochon (note while in the past Cartier utilized mostly blue sapphire gem for the cabochon, just its better quality models these days get sapphire while more standard goal models have blue spinel), and appealing, rounded bezel coordinated to the lugs.

Compared to the Cartier Cle adaptation of the Mystery Hour Skeleton, the Rotonde models’ type MC 9983 is more… well skeletonized. Cartier truly needed to ensure that the “open” look of the development coordinated the subject of the open look of the dial. Basically, the objective appeared to be that the client can see through however much of the watch as could be expected. I think the outcome is dazzling, save for those individuals who aren’t keen on looking at their own arm hair and skin consistently while looking at this generally lovely watch.

The development utilizes two sapphire precious stone plates whereupon the hands are set. There is a conventional mounting framework in the center where the focal pivot purpose of the two sapphire precious stone circles interface. Cog wheels to one side of the hour and moment dial move these circles, which thus move the hands. Outlining the entirety of this, and some portion of the development, is the hand-completed plate which includes “structural” Roman numeral themes. The general look is incredible, however it isn’t the common decorative style one should think about while envisioning a hand-completed mechanical watch development. Cartier chooses a more modern, apparently manly search for its specific tasteful with regards to skeletonized watch dials and movements.

The whole watch is 11.9mm thick (once more, 42mm wide) making it both striking yet in addition wearable under sleeves. In the event that there was ever an extravagance proclamation watch for folks who love mechanical developments – something like the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton watch is it. You get the force of a notable name, heaps of credible horological method, and refined design alongside a lucky mechanical development on your wrist.

Cartier is accordingly insightful to “mix and match” its developments and cases to offer the widest range of looks and styles for its clients. Compared to a lot more specialty extravagance watch brands, Cartier apparently is better situated to request extravagance vehicle costs for a watch. It is grounded that the ubiquity of an extravagance product’s brand name is straightforwardly identified with the value a brand can command. Hence, being one of only a handful few watch marks out there with a generally effectively thought out way to deal with showcasing and by and large brand mindfulness, Cartier is maybe more truly ready to request the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour watch’s retail cost of $75,000 USD. cartier.com