Pre-SIHH 2015: Introducing The rotonde de cartier flying tourbillon reversed dial watch replica

The dial of the rotonde de cartier flying tourbillon reversed dial watch replica has serious finish to it. It is composed of solid 18-carat white gold in a sunburst guilloché pattern. It isn’t rhodium plated in order to take advantage of gold’s natural ability to reflect light. The right side of the dial reveals the open-worked mechanism. While the seconds hand doubles as a “C” on the rotating tourbillon, this isn’t the main attraction. The main attraction is the position of the off-centered hour and minute hands.

The Rotonde de Cartier Replica is yet another eye-catching piece in a series of releases by Cartier before SIHH 2015. This timepiece showcases Cartier’s expertise as an accomplished artisan in addition to being a watchmaker. Like with other recent pieces that Cartier has released (such as the recent Crash Skeleton), what is striking is Cartier’s instantly recognizable designs, which speak both to its history as well as to its creativity.

We’re used to seeing off-center sub dials circumscribing the hands, but Cartier opted out of outlining the sub dial. Instead, it skewed the hour markers along the perimeter. A close look will reveal that 12 o’clock is around the regular 1230 mark. The skewing of the hour markers is inconspicuous because the gold guilloche highlights the tourbillon as the epicenter of the dial.

Another fun detail is the fact that the seconds sub dial only outlines half of a minute. It runs from the 19th to 49th second, which is an amusing touch and statement; what does it say? It probably says something along the lines of “yes, watch-newbs, this is a watch.”

Cartier even aligned the screws on the rotonde de cartier reversed tourbillon watch replica at 9 o’clock (we really do hope that they’re functional screws and that they satisfy our most picky readers).

The case of the Tourbillon measures in at 46mm by 12.7mm. It is big, yes; but artistic pieces can have a way of wearing different than their spec sheets, especially when curved lugs are involved. What is visible of the manual manufacture caliber 9458 MC is rather well-finished with dressage and chamfering evident at first glance. The piece earned a Geneva Seal, which means that it met the strictest of guidelines when it comes to quality control; such as polished pivot shanks/leaves inside wheel assemblies. Around the back, a solid plate covers most if not all visibility with Geneva stripes polished throughout. It boasts a solid 52 hours of power reserve and beats at 3Hz.

The Rotonde de Cartier Reversed Tourbillon is just the latest in a series of statements that ultimately conclude with Cartier claiming its seat as an accomplished manufacture, and one that continues to tackle lofty endeavors. The Cartier Replica Watch will be limited to 100 pieces with pricing still unannounced.