While Cartier replica has rightly earned its place as an icon in watchmaking, its contributions to haute horlogerie are often far less discussed than designs like the Tank or Santos. While they may fly relatively under the radar, these offerings rarely lack for spectacle, and the brand’s first haute horlogerie collection of 2021 is no exception.
This exclusive box set trio of designs all aim to push the aesthetic limits of skeletonization, inspired by both the brand’s own design traditions and the dramatic look of floating mystery dials. The new limited edition Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Precious Icons Set includes the skeleton dials replica Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux, Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon, and the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon, all three of which push the intricate and complex tourbillon escapement to new visual frontiers.
The flagship model in this new set is undoubtedly the best 1:1 copy Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon. The Mysterious Skeleton Double Tourbillon begins with the clean, minimal Rotonde de Cartier case, with its short straight lugs, narrow bezel, and elegant profile. Measuring in at 45mm-wide and 11.9mm-thick, this platinum case features the brand’s signature beaded cabochon crown at 3 o’clock set with green jade. The skeleton dial of the Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon takes an elegantly architectural approach to displaying its movement.
Strictly speaking, every visible element under the sapphire crystal is structural, with the brushed and chamfered anthracite gray bridges hollowed out into lithe Roman numerals. While a set of elegantly small Breguet hands near 12 o’clock handle actual timekeeping, the entire bridge structure forms a frame directing the eye downward toward the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.
This flying tourbillon makes for a spectacular visual centerpiece, appearing to float entirely unsupported thanks to a mystery dial style sapphire disk. The “double” in the Swiss made Cartier replica watches does not refer to a second tourbillon, instead focusing on the fact that the flying tourbillon both rotates and revolves. This element spins on its axis once every 60 seconds, while completing a circuit of its skeleton subdial every 5 minutes.
Inside the luxury replica Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon beats the manufacture 9565 MC hand-wound tourbillon movement. Beyond the intricate architectural skeletonization and the mystery dial flying tourbillon, the 9565 MC offers a power reserve of 52 hours at a 21,600 bph beat rate. Cartier finishes the piece with a jade green alligator leather strap, subtly matching the cabochon for a cohesive look.