With the new fake Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Flying Tourbillon hand-wound watch in white gold the French brand keeps exploring the exciting world of skeletonized timepieces.
Although bulky and not very legible, they nevertheless offered its owners an interesting display that certainly drew a lot of envious glances.
A year later, at SIHH 2010, the company has introduced its wonderful Rotonde de Cartier Flying Tourbillon Skeleton watch.
This January Cartier has introduced two more watches that were created using the same technique.
It was during the SIHH 2009 that the French jeweler has introduced its first timepiece without a normal dial. Instead, the movement bridges were extensively skeletonized in order to form stylized Roman numerals and hour markers.
Although watches with skeletonized dials tend to look like a complete mess, this one looks like a study in legibility.
Mainly, thanks to the pair of diamond-shaped hour and minute hands done in blued steel.
Although I usually do not like Pasha de Cartier copy watches with cabochons in their crowns, the sapphire in this particular timekeeper does its job with proud, visually supporting the deep-blue hands.
The watch is powered by the new Caliber 9457 MC hand-wound movement that looks like a close relative of the engine employed in the last year’s Rotonde de Cartier mentioned above.
The movement’s bridges are skeletonized in such a way as to represent three huge Arabic numerals that were further engraved and blackened out for better contrast.
The square chapter “ring” is also an integral part of the movement, as is the carriage of the flying tourbillon escapement that, traditionally, features a stylized letter “C.”
The Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Flying Tourbillon is going to be sold as a special edition model limited to just a hundred of numbered copies. Price is not unveiled yet, but expect the watch to be very expensive.
Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Flying Tourbillon hand-wound watch specification
Movement: Manual, Caliber 9457 MC, 19 jewels, 175 parts, 21,600 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Bridges in the shape of Arabic numerals; bevelled bridges, satin-brushed sides and circular-grained wheels
Functions: Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case material: White gold
Bezel material: White gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Hands: Diamond-shaped, blued steel
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black alligator skin strap fitted with a double adjustable folding clasp in white gold
Case back: Sapphire
The first of them is the stately best quality replica Cartier Santos Dumont Carbon Skeleton Titanium (Ref. W2020052) watch that we have briefly reviewed earlier, and the second is the new Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Flying Tourbillon.