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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