Downsizing is a pattern that is obviously filling in the business since the previous editions of the SIHH and Baselworld. Following quite a while of watches estimated over 42mm and the sky is the limit from there, huge brands are coming back to more sensible cases’ measurements. Following this pattern, Cartier refreshes its Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar and presents a 40mm release, close by the all around existing 45mm rendition. Besides, this new Rotonde comes with a few specialized improvements.
For those reasons, we’re more than pleased to see brands coming with more modest watches – one of the latest examples was IWC with its Portofino Midsize , a 37mm assortment made both for ladies and men. The declaration via Cartier of a Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar in 40mm follows this pattern and brings back the possibility of elegance.
This new Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar comes now for a situation estimating 40mm (case accessible in 18k pink gold and 18k white gold), a huge decrease of 5mm compared to the current version. It features design codes run of the mill of the Rotonde de Cartier, an assortment utilized via Cartier for incredibly complicated watches, for example, the Rotonde De Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton (additionally part of the SIHH 2015 curiosities): a round case completely cleaned, straight carries with screws on the sides and the iconic beaded crown with a blue sapphire. Cartier might have halted here, simply by altering the size of the case, yet all things being equal, they additionally rolled out a few improvements to the format of the dial and consequently, to the movement.
As you can see, the 45mm release was utilizing two rings, with red pointers, to demonstrate both the day and the month. On the new 40mm version, the month is shown by a pivoting circle noticeable through a roundabout window at 6 and the day is demonstrated on an outside ring, pointed by a red-hammer (much the same as the 45mm release). The last sign is the date at 12 o’clock, utilizing two numerals autonomously showed. This new format plainly improves meaningfulness and polish, as the dial feels more offset and less over-burden with engravings. The base development stays as before, the type MC 9908, an in-house motor that brags 48 hours power hold and noticeable through the sapphire precious stone back – another preferred position of scaling down is to have developments that fit the cases.
Another improvement is the fast set date highlight, that permits to promptly change the date – and in this manner the day and month signs – by a quick revolution of the crown. This intriguing element will anyway be useful just once every year (February 28th/29th) as an annual calendar considers the months with 30 or 31 days. The dial – in shimmering white on the 18k pink gold version and dim dark on the 18k white gold – has a guilloché finish in the focal part and a roundabout satin pattern on the hour ring, appearing differently in relation to the blued hands.
This Rotonde de Cartier Annual Calendar 40mm is another verification of Cartier’s ability to make complicated watches, along with a great feeling of tastefulness, because of this sensible size. Value is to be reported during the SIHH 2015, yet thinking about the cost of the 45mm release (33.600 Euros in pink gold and 35.900 Euros in white gold), expect roughly 30.000 Euros for this 40mm edition.
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