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surprise among informed watch lovers, thus rediscovers a long tradition inherited
from its very origins and given such talented expression during the Art Deco
The Grand Complication Skeleton pocket watch possesses both the eternal
character of Cartier landmark timepieces and the unique impact of the House
style, which makes so many Cartier creations truly ahead of their time.
... revealed for all to see...
With its well-balanced features, this watch designed for carrying in one’s pocket
gives a first intimation of its force of attraction in its generous diameter measuring
59.2 mm. Solidly installed in the hollow of one’s hand, the proportions of this
marvel of fine watchmaking echo those of the exceptional timepieces created by
Cartier for some of its most illustrious clients in the late 19th century.
These exceptional dimensions give pride of place to its magnificent calibre inserted
amid the delicate display of open-work Roman numerals cut away and carefully
fashioned from the solid white gold of the watch’s case.
It should be noted that, in order to carve these twelve Roman numerals out of the
original solid gold surface, this technical tour de force required at least 100 hours
of extremely high-precision craftsmanship to perfect the finish and embellishment
of each numeral.
This constitutes a true test of patience and application, if it is considered that over
300 reflex angles are involved, with each one fashioned by hand!
The watch’s manufacture mechanical movement withmanual winding, identified
by the reference 9436MC, is immediately seen on both faces of this pebble-shaped
timepiece, benefiting from the two delicately-curved sapphire crystals to expose
in total transparency the carefully-mounted workings of its plate, its bridges and
its train, and thus revealing the main part of what it is physically possible to see of
all the movement’s mechanical complexity.
... so as to lay bare the genius of so many anonymous artists
It is often said of the master watchmakers and other craftsmen involved in watch
production that they are the aristocrats of the traditional artisans. With this
timepiece in which transparency takes pride of place, they have gone out of their
way to unveil some of the secrets of this mechanical self-winding heart regulated
by a delicate tourbillon mechanism and equipped with two of the most useful
complications sought by watch lovers today. It will be noted that, in addition to
indicating the time with precision thanks to its traditional tourbillon supported by
a bridge in the shape of a “C” for Cartier, this magnificent timepiece is also
equipped with a mono-push-piece chronograph mechanism. This function for
measuring short durations of time is started, stopped and then zero-reset by means
of a push-piece incorporated into the winding crown set with a sapphire cabochon.
The watch’s movement also includes the perpetual calendar complication, a
refined system that allows for the accurate automatic display on the dial of all
practical calendar information required right up to the year 2100. Thus the
counters on the dial with their blued-steel hands display the date at 12 o’clock, the
day of the week at 3 o’clock and the month at 9 o’clock. This high-precision
technical mechanism takes into account the extra day to be added at the end of
February once every 4 years, and indicates it in an aperture positioned at 10 o’clock.
In order to preserve for as long as possible the accuracy of its calendar information,
this grand complication movement also offers an eight-day power reserve.
This exceptional calibre includes a total of some 457 parts, each individually hand-
finished. Over 200 hours are required to carry out and perfect the piercing process,
involving delicate, highly fragile parts. Chamfering can be performed only by
specialised craftsmen, and the most complex parts each require up to 10 hours of
work. The assembly and setting of a movement such as this one again requires
over 200 further hours of work.
Cartier is pleased to offer this magnificent timepiece for our contemplation, duly
placed on its rock crystal and obsidian base. With its interplay of contrasting
materials and colours, the subtle suggestion of the presence of transparent threads
and flecks of light, this model conveys enormous elegance and charm, making it
a source of constant pleasure both for others and for oneself.
A brilliant demonstration of human genius, this mechanical masterpiece can be
seen as the very expression of the highest standards demanded by Cartier in the
realm of Fine Watchmaking. Offered in a numbered limited edition of 10 models
in white gold and five models in white gold set with baguette-cut and brilliant-cut
diamonds, this combination of grand complications is the very symbol of the
watchmaking soul of Cartier.
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18-carat white gold
59 mm
beaded white gold, set with a sapphire cabochon
Case back:
30 metres / 100 feet / 3 bars
gold, sunray decoration
gold, snailed counters
Hands - hours and minutes: apple-shaped in blued steel
Hands - small counters: hammer-shaped
Watch chain:
18-carat white gold
rock crystal and obsidian
Manufacture mechanical, with manual winding, calibre 9436 MC, skeleton
with tourbillon, mono-push-piece chronograph and perpetual calendar
Casing-up diameter:
15 lines, 33.8 mm
Total diameter:
34.6 mm
10.25 mm
Number of jewels:
Number of parts:
21,600 vibrations / hour
Power reserve:
approx. 8 days
Individually numbered movement
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