Concept watches such as Cartier ID One
and Cartier ID Two
were never meant to be marketed, despite the years of research and all the investment that went into making them. Their role is to express a vision of the future and point the way to future goals.
Each of the innovations they contain may one day become a reality. And Cartier’s new Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal watch, presented in July 2012, uses some of the technological solutions tried and tested in Cartier ID One: the niobium-titanium case, carbon crystal components, and the adjustment-free and lubrication-free pallet and escapement wheel. From the one-off concept-watch to the production run, Cartier innovation pushes back the boundaries of watchmaking while cultivating the esthetic values of Fine Watchmaking.
Cartier has totally rethought the concept of the tourbillon and come up with a carriage with its axis of rotation at the center of the movement. The off-center balance wheel bridge is designed as an arrow and turns once round the dial every minute, pointing out the seconds.
Innovation at the service of functionality
Coming in 2013...
Cartier Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal
|Movement||:||Mechanical with manual winding|
|Caliber ||:||9460 MC|
|Escapement ||:||Adjustment-free and lubrication-free|
|Tourbillon ||:||with axis at the center of the movement |
Tourbillon bridges, pallet and escapement wheel in carbon crystal
|Escapement pivots ||:||in tungsten carbide |
|Number of jewels||:||17|
|Power reserve||:||50 hours|
|Number of components||:||195|
|Frequency||:||3 Hz, or 21,600 vibrations per hour |
|Case||:||Rotonde de Cartier 47 mm, niobium/titanium |
|Crown ||:||Circular-grained set with black synthetic spinel cabochon|
|Clasp ||:||Adjustable folding clasp in 18-carat white gold|
|Water resistant ||:||to 30 m / 100 ft / 3 bars|