Cartier introduced a marvellous version of the Rotonde de Cartier Tourbillon for 2013.
We can see the evolution of the watch series based on the 9458 MC movement that was introduced in the Rotonde de Cartier Crocodile Tourbillon watch for 2011.
Next, the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch was developed with the same movement for 2012.
The jeweller's art is raised to the Nth degree with this microsculpture of three adult panthers and two cubs in their own lush jungle foliage depicted in white gold and onyx on the dial. The fauna and flora are remarkably life-like on this savannah scene.
Perhaps due to the mesmerising flying tourbillon whirling like a gentle dervish, the mind's eye is fooled into "seeing" the leaves sway or the panthers prowling around it?
The eagle-eyed will spot the Geneva Seal that is appended to all 9458MC movements.
Microsculpture scène Panthères Tourbillon watch for 2013
Case: 18-carat rhodiumised white gold set with 247 brilliants for 6.52 carats
Beaded crown set with a brilliant diamond
Dial: 18-carat white gold, 18-carat rhodiumised white gold microsculpture Panthères and savannah scene, onyx
Steel sword-shaped hands
Bracelet: Black semi-matt alligator, 18-carat rhodiumised white gold 18 mm double adjustable deployant buckle set with 43 brilliants for 0.42 carats
Water-resistant up to 30 m / 100 ft / 3 bars
Workshop-crafted mechanical movement with manual winding, calibre 9458 MC, certified “Poinçon de Genève”
Limited and numbered edition of 30 pieces
I think this variant of the 9458MC movement is the most spectacular yet. Every time you look at it, something new catches your eye....a branch....a leaf....a muscular haunch.
Whilst the Crocodile watch was feminine and the Cadran Love watch was architecturally masculine, this Microsculpture scène Panthères watch revels in an oblivious plane of gender neutrality.
What do you think?
This message has been edited by MTF on 2013-10-16 13:36:30