108 Good Heav­ens

With a new dial in pol­ished me­te­orite, the Ro­tonde de Cartier Earth and Moon is go­ing to rock your world

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The Ro­tonde de Cartier Earth and Moon rocks with a new pol­ished me­te­orite dial

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, me­teor show­ers are not rare events. Depend­ing on one’s ex­act lo­ca­tion on the planet, it is pos­si­ble to spot sev­eral shoot­ing stars in an hour. The rea­son why more peo­ple never get to see one is usu­ally light pol­lu­tion – a con­se­quence of city-dwelling – and the rea­son why me­te­orites are not as abun­dant as the show­ers that her­ald them is they usu­ally dis­in­te­grate upon ar­rival in our at­mos­phere.

When cut and pol­ished, me­te­orites show off a struc­ture so cold and haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful that it can be hard to be­lieve that they had once been flam­ing balls of fire. Har­ness­ing this in­nate charm, Cartier un­veiled the new Ro­tonde de Cartier Earth and Moon, ex­tend­ing the watch’s range be­yond the in­au­gu­ral lapis lazuli ver­sion in­tro­duced in 2014.

Solid, cerulean lapis lazuli with flecks of white did well to high­light the ce­les­tial con­nection, but who’s to say that me­te­orite couldn’t do a bet­ter job? It is, af­ter all, a ma­te­rial that hails di­rectly from the heav­ens above. And where the in­tro­duc­tory model set pris­tine, pol­ished plat­inum against rich blue lapis lazuli, this new ad­di­tion opts for a monochro­matic colour pal­ette that al­lows the blued steel, sword-shaped hands to stand out, pair­ing har­mo­niously with the blue sap­phire cabo­chon set into the crown.

Cased in pink gold, this time­piece is a per­fect can­di­date for posh din­ner par­ties. Its me­chan­ics re­main the same thanks to the in-house man­u­fac­tured Cartier Cal­i­bre 9440 MC, but for those who haven’t yet met this al­lur­ing time­piece, a de­light­ful sur­prise awaits. Check out the two push-pieces flank­ing the crown – the one at two o’clock ad­vances the 24-hour se­cond time zone ring, which is co­or­di­nated with the main hours and min­utes (lo­cal time), while the one at four o’clock an­i­mates the dial as it sets a cir­cu­lar pad­dle in mo­tion.

When pressed, this pad­dle swings out from un­der the Ro­man nu­meral “four” to cover the tour­bil­lon ei­ther fully or par­tially depend­ing on the phase of the moon. If the pad­dle cov­ers the tour­bil­lon com­pletely, this means there is a new moon, and if the pad­dle does not cover the tour­bil­lon at all, a full moon is on dis­play. The pad­dle can also cover only parts of the tour­bil­lon to de­pict a wax­ing or wan­ing moon. Re­leas­ing the push-piece sends the pad­dle back into hid­ing. Need­ing ad­just­ment just once ev­ery 126 years, this on-de­mand moon phase dis­play is a patent of the mai­son Cartier.

Thus, “Earth” in this watch refers to the se­cond time zone while “Moon” refers to the moon phase dis­play, and both func­tions are rep­re­sented by pol­ished me­te­orite. Due to the or­ganic na­ture of the stone, ev­ery watch is slightly dif­fer­ent even though all of them ex­hibit ir­reg­u­lar pat­terns known as Thom­son struc­tures. Also new here is the fully skele­tonised ar­chi­tec­ture re­veal­ing more of the in­ter­nal mech­a­nism than be­fore, which only re­vealed the move­ment through the ex­hi­bi­tion case back. With only 15 num­bered pieces made, the Ro­tonde de Cartier Earth and Moon is as rare as the me­te­orites used to make its dial. MOVE­MENT Man­ual-wind­ing Cal­i­bre 9440 MC with tour­bil­lon, se­cond time zone, moon phase on de­mand, and ap­prox­i­mately three­day power re­serve

CASE 47mm in pink gold, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 30m

STRAP Brown al­li­ga­tor leather with pink gold dou­ble ad­justable fold­ing clasp

PRICE Upon re­quest

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