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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2011
    Reference No: CRW1556209
    Movement No: 11
    Case No: 10/50
    Model Name: Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon
    Material: Titanium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9402, 45 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 45mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Cartier certificate stamped Cellini New York, Cartier Certificate of Origin, Poinçon de Genève Certificate, hang tag, cloth, loupe, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Debuted during SIHH in 2011 and developed completely in-house by Cartier, the timepiece took more than 5 years of research and development into the acoustics and art of announcing the time of day by means of sound. Produced as a limited edition series of 50 pieces only, the watch was available in pink gold or titanium like the present example. Dynamic in proportions, the timepiece measures at 45mm in diameter wears with incredible light weight thanks to the use of titanium, the metal also offers the highest gong mass to case mass ratio, allowing for optimal resonance throughout the watch. Symmetric and superlative in design, the dial exudes pure elegance from the “C”-shaped tourbillon carriage that indicates the seconds, to the classic Roman numerals, guilloché decorations paired with blued steel hands that are signature to the brand. Exposed at the 6 o’clock aperture in the open-worked dial, the organs and the display of the hammers can be admire anytime on the wearer’s wrist. To produce the constant striking of the hammers, the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon watch is equipped with a mechanism known as an “inertia and friction governor”, which is particularly silent and sophisticated. Activated by the convenience of the oversized pusher at 8 o’clock instead of a traditional slider, the minute repeater enters into rotation as to control the speed of the winding of the minute repeater’s strike-train and at the same time ensures the regular emission of the notes sent out by the two gongs.

    Turning the watch on its backside reveals the stunning in-house manual wound movement 9402 that bears the Geneva Seal marking the impeccable quality of craftsmanship that it proudly exhibits. Each movement is individually numbered, in this case number 11, and is comprised of 447 parts to produce a sound level of an incredible 68 decibels, beating at 21,600 vph with a power reserve up to 50 hours, the timepiece is also water resistant to 30 meters. Numbered 10 of a limited edition of 50 pieces, the present timepiece is preserved in excellent condition and is accompanied with its full set of accessories.

  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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Ref. CRW1556209
A fine and rare limited edition titanium minute repeating flying tourbillon wristwatch with certificate and presentation box, numbered 10 of a limited edition of 50 pieces

Circa 2011
45mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$260,000 - 510,000 

Sold for HK$693,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022