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Imagine, invent and attribute an unexplored sense to time. Such a brief could be an apt philosophy for Cartier Fine Watchmaking in its capacity to transcend the impossible, demonstrating all the skill and inventiveness of a virtuoso in action. An ideal pushed to its pinnacle, between the pure poetry of forms and ingenious master craftsmanship driven by genuine curiosity, a devotion to the craft, and a passion for detail.

Rotonde Cadran Lové Tourbillon

A masculine complication set against a play of balance and contrasts

The Watch Quote™ - November 8th, 2011



The men’s Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch, Calibre 9458 MC, certified with the Geneva Seal. In this latest incarnation of the tourbillon, Cartier has shifted the centre of gravity, freeing up space for powerful decorative motifs that pulsate with locomotive rhythm.


A masculine complication set
against a play of balance and contrasts

This year, male Cartier connoisseurs can revel in a watch with unprecedented aesthetic appeal. Keen to grant the ingenious flying tourbillon its rightful place, Cartier has created a brand-new piece: the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch, Calibre 9458 MC. The solid gold chiselled openwork grill with roman numerals emerges as an arena that plunges down into the tourbillon carriage, emulating its form. The sturdy, masculine motifs and painstaking detail of train-track graphics seem engineered to make the head spin ever so slightly.




In the eye of the dial, a legendary tourbillon

The tourbillon gives this 46 mm Rotonde de Cartier watch its timekeeping rhythm. This demonstration of fine watchmaking is powered by the oscillations of an exceptional flying tourbillon: the Calibre 9458 MC, certified with the Geneva Seal.

Instead of fitting the tourbillon carriage in the traditional manner, nestled safely between the bridges and the plate of the movement, the flying tourbillon in this watch has been designed to enhance its aesthetic appeal. The tourbillon carriage indeed appears to “fly” over the bridges, suspended weightless above the dial, leaving it particularly exposed to shocks and the risk of destabilising the balance. In view of the technically-delicate nature of this embellished structure, master watchmakers have had to pay very particular attention to the design of the tourbillon carriage.



Confident in its exceptional skill, Cartier chooses to reveal to the eye what so often remains hidden: the beauty and perfection of this Manufacture mechanical movement are all the more striking given that every last detail adheres to the stringent criteria associated with the Geneva Seal.

Housing a traditional Fine Watchmaking movement inside a sleek, modern graphic structure, the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch symbolises the unique spirit of Cartier, master of Fine Watchmaking.

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Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch

Calibre 9458 MC


Case:18K grey gold
Diameter:46.20 mm
Crown:Beaded, set with a cabochon sapphire
Crystal:Sapphire
Case back:Sapphire
Water-resistance:30 m
Strap:Black semi-matt alligator skin
Buckle:Double adjustable deployant buckle in 18 carat grey gold
Calibre:9458 MC, flying tourbillon, Geneva Seal
Movement:Manufacture mechanical movement, manual-winding
Diameter:17 1⁄2 lines (39 mm)
Thickness:5.58 mm
Number of jewels:19
Number of parts:167
Balance:21,600 vibrations/hour
Power reserve:Approx. 50 hours
Individually numbered movement
Limited series of 100 individually numbered timepieces

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