The new Clé shape/ collection has been Cartier’s focus this year, and we recently shared some photos of the Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hour that was added to January’s base collection. Today is about another Clé launch – the Flying Tourbillon. No time is being wasted; it seems that this new collection is in a hurry to catch up with the others in terms of complications.
Yes your eyes aren’t deceiving you, that’s an entirely diamond-set case whose rather spectacularly glittering presence courtesy of 3.56 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds makes it perilously close to drawing the eye’s attention away from the presence of a flying tourbilllon (a thing not to be sneezed at) with its Cartier ‘C’, and powered by the in-house manual-wind Calibre 9452 MC.
Underneath the 478 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 3.56 carats is a 35mm-sized rhodium-finished white gold case that is 11.3mm thick. The eponymous ‘key’ crown is of course set with a sapphire.
The dial is all Cartier cues, with a brass flinqué sunray-brushed dial and blued-steel sword-shaped hands. It comes on an alligator skin strap with an adjustable folding rhodium-finished 18 carat white gold buckle set with 41 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Oh and if you’re wondering how much this will set you back, the Cartier website says that the Australian RRP is $222,000. Also, you may note the URL and in what collection this watch has been placed, although we like to think of it as unisex.
[Horologium attended Watches & Wonders 2015 by invitation of Richemont Australia]