Cartier unveils Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton ahead of SIHH 2016
Ahead of the upcoming SIHH 2016 in Geneva this January, Cartier unveils the first skeletonized watch in that collection, which also features Cartier’s first-ever skeletonized automatic movement made in-house.
The movement in the Cartier Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton is Cartier’s brand-new Caliber 9612 MC, whose openworked architecture showcases bridges in the shape of Roman numerals III, VI, IX, and XII, a motif that Cartier has utilized previously in skeletonized versions of its Santos-Dumont, Tank MC, and Astrotourbillon Skeleton watches.
For this new Skeleton watch, the movement is self-winding rather than manual-winding. Cartier’s watchmakers met the considerable challenge of blending a skeleton structure with an automatic winding mechanism by developing a skeletonized rotor, made of 22k gold, that maintains a delicate balance between thickness and diameter; it is nearly invisible when not in motion, as the periphery of the rotor hugs the edges of the movement.
The Cle de Cartier Automatic Skeleton watch is offered in a case of 950/1000 palladium, measuring 41 mm in diameter and 11.45 mm thick.