With a large collection such as Cartier’s it can be difficult for those who are looking to buy one of their pieces to know where to start once they’ve managed to narrow it down to their collection of choice. If your Cartier case shape and design aesthetic preferences tend towards the Rotonde and you are looking for something beyond a time-only piece, then what they call their ‘small complications’ may be the place to start. A little while ago Horologium looked at one of the new pieces falling into this category, the Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Day/ Night. Today we bring you the Rotonde Calendar and Power Reserve, which I had the opportunity to see at Watches & Wonders 2014.
In a 40mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 8.94mm, it contains the manual wind Calibre. For those who are familiar with the Rotonde then you will note the fluted crown, the guilloché dial and blued-steel hands. The ‘small complication’ addition in this model are the date at 12 o’clock and the power reserve indicator balancing it out at the bottom. A date function is arguably the most popular and useful additional (to time) function to have, and the curved aperture in this piece provides a nice aesthetic continuity and balance to the other indicator.
Coming on a black alligator strap with a deployant buckle and water resistant to 3 Bar (30m), this addition to the Rotonde range is priced at AUD10,100.
[Horologium attended Watches & Wonders 2014 at the invitation of Richemont Australia]