Cartier Santos Triple 100 Watch Changes Faces

Jun 24, 2008
The Cartier Manufacture has created a new timepiece that may be rightfully considered to be a true symbol of horological innovation.

The oversized Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch delivers a great surprise due to the first-ever rotating-dial mechanism united with a skeleton movement. All you have to do is to simply turn the winding crown of the Cartier watch and it will reveal to you a gripping display of its hidden faces. Moreover, the timepiece with the case crafted in 18K white gold is entirely set with precious stones.

The R&D unit of the Cartier Manufacture elaborated the remarkable mechanism that had taken them long months of research. Right now the rotating-dial mechanism is in the process of being patented.

The team of watchmakers developed mobile prisms in 18K white gold. The prisms get activated simultaneously with help of the crown. They are operated by a miniature-gear-trains system that makes them swivel gradually in one direction or the other, thus allowing the Cartier watch reveal three different dial faces.

The three different dial faces of the Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch are revealed in succession. First, an amazed viewer sees a classic face completed with 12 Roman numerals.

Then there appears a face entirely paved with round diamonds and black sapphires forming a majestic jeweler's chessboard.

And finally, the viewer's admiration is further aroused by a face engraved with a tiger's head. This amazing face required more than 40 hours of work and thorough attention to detail.

The rotating-dial mechanism of the breath-taking Santos Triple 100 is united with a Manufacture-crafted, mechanical, skeleton manually-wound movement. The 140-part and 21-jewel mechanism has been hand-decorated and assembled at the Cartier Manufacture. The double-barrel movement of the timepiece offers an advantage of a 72-hour power reserve. The transparent case-back allows to rest one's eyes on the movement.

The Cartier Santos Triple 100 watch embraces the wrist with a black alligator-skin strap fitted with an adjustable, triple-folding clasp with safety catch in 18K white gold.

The timepiece will be available to most avid watch connoisseurs in a numbered limited edition of only 20 pieces.

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