Cartier Pre-SIHH 2012 – Cadran Lové Tourbillon and Masse Secrète panther

Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch

Cartier has just unveiled a pair of watches for its pre-SIHH 2012 information, the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch with the cal. 9458 MC, and for the ladies the Masse Secrète panther decor watch containing cal. 9603 MC.

The Cadran Lové Tourbillon is actually a variant of the ladies’ crocodile tourbillon of SIHH 2011 but here oversized, skeletonised Roman numerals take the place of the crocodile. This is a similar design motif to that used on the Santos skeleton watches. The case is 46.2 mm in white gold. Though I can’t commend this for technical innovation since it’s the same calibre as the crocodile tourbillon, it is a beautifully executed watch.

Ladies will appreciate the Masse Secrète panther decor watch, it is an elegant watch containing a simple but clever idea – the rotor is inverted and is on the dial side in the form of a jewelled panther travelling across the dark mother-of-pearl dial. 

Masse Secrète panther decor watch

The movement is automatic and the white gold case is 42 mm wide. Mechanical high jewellery watches are unusual so I’m sure female buyers will welcome this. – SJX

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I love Artya’s humour – Bye Bye Euro

Artya Bye Bye Euro
Yvan Arpa of Artya once again illustrates his peculiar brand of humour with the Bye Bye Euro. This unique piece features shredded Euro notes on the papier mache dial. The press release is a gem and worth reading for its hilarity (text in bold for emphasis):

The creative Brand ArtyA launches a tribute to “the sommet de Bruxelles 2011” to announce the end of the Euro currency.

This unique Watch called “Bye Bye Euro” has a hand manufactured dial using real Euros passed in a shredder, the case as well has gone through an exclusive crushing process in the ArtyA Art & Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ArtyA 1/1 “Bye Bye Euro” is powered by a high end Swiss automatic movement and the strap is braided kevlar to better absorb shocks.

Sarkozy, Berlusconi, Papandreou and Merkel are invited to buy one in order to remember their dreams.

It is available on the Artya site for CHF5900 with tax.


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