At SIHH 2012 Cartier will officially unveil the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon, a striking piece with a three-dimensional dial so deep that you could become instantly immersed - images won't do this one justice, it simply has to be seen on the wrist.
Cartier are a worldwide symbol of luxury and elegance, I have yet to meet anyone who does not find agreement with something in their portfolio. These are effortlessly stylish pieces. Perhaps you've noticed Cartier's highly recognisable plain but prominent Roman numerals or the textured dial finishes and rail track trims - maybe it's the splendid little cabochon-set crown which catches your eye. All are features synonymous with Cartier watches, and all are present on the Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon, but this is no subtle dress watch, it is a boldly styled piece with a thoroughly modern twist.
Most striking is the 3D dial. The open-worked Roman numerals on the left graduate to nil as the asymetric hours and minutes dial dominates the right side, as if that innocent little convex sapphire in the crown has distorted the whole thing with an almost lunar effect.
An inspired design - but not only that, just above 6 o'clock is a tricky little flying tourbillon, a marvellous mesmerising structure which appears to levitate above its bridges and into which a subtle letter "C" has been formed.
The Cartier Calibre 9458 MC which powers the piece has been awarded the Geneva Seal, evidence of Cartier's ascendency into the upper stratum of Haute Horlogerie. The case has been crafted from 18 carat grey gold and measures a very manly 46.2mm across. Power reserve is up to 50 hours and the piece is water resistance to 30m.
The Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Cadran Lové Tourbillon watch will be a limited edition of 100 pieces.