Cartier Unveils Tourbillon and Crocodile Watch Calibre 9458 MC

Nov 26, 2010
Cartier is proud to unveil its new flying tourbillon timepiece the Tourbillon and Crocodile Geneva Seal watch, calibre 9458 MC. The horological masterpiece demonstrates a diamond crocodile guarding the time. The crocodile with emerald eyes is sculpted in white gold. The reptile is presented along with a majestic bed of water lilies in translucent red and white enamel.

The jewelry timepiece is animated by a unique flying tourbillon movement - the calibre 9458 MC, embellished with the Geneva Seal.

The in-house mechanical manual-winding movement is constructed from 167 components, including 19 jewels. Operating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour, it gives an advantage of a 50-hour power reserve. The flying tourbillon demonstrates a C-shaped carriage, also used for indicating the seconds.

Instead of being found in the conventional way, protected between the bridges and plate of the movement, the flying tourbillon of the new Cartier watch is presented as an amazing design feature. The carriage seems to fly over the bridges, as if being suspended above the dial. The technical risks of its exposure to the shocks made the brand's master watchmakers concentrate their attention on the design of the carriage, to keep the tourbillons shock-resistance unaffected. It is this feature that provided the timekeeping rhythm of the watch. Set with diamonds, it took the master watchmakers more than 50 hours of work.

The creators of the watch have skillfully united two parts of their expertise − jewelry and watchmaking, having come up with the hidden beauty and outstanding functionality of the in-house mechanical movement.

The mechanism also boasts top-quality finishes. All parts of the movement have been meticulously crafted to correspond to the most demanding standards of the Geneva Seal.

The Tourbillon and crocodile watch demonstrates a 44.5 mm case crafted in rhodium-plated 18K white gold. It incorporates a circular-grained crown in the same material and set with a diamond. The case-construction is 30-meter water-resistant. It is presented on a black brushed canvas strap. It is fitted with an ardillon buckle in the same material as the case and decorated with diamonds.

The Cartier Tourbillon and Crocodile Geneva Seal watch, calibre 9458 MC will be available in a limited number of 50 pieces.

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