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With the advent of the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, the Queen has a voice as well. The combination of a flying tourbillon with a minute repeater is unusual in itself, but what really sets the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater apart is the exhaustive research that went into it. One of the key insights achieved by Forestier’s research team is that there is a quantifiable relationship between the volume, weight, and output in decibels a repeater can achieve; put simply, the lighter and larger diameter the case, the greater the volume. For this reason the Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater has a relatively large case made of grade 5 titanium, and the usual sliding mechanism which triggers the repeater has been replaced with a push-button mechanism in the interest of keeping the case as light as possible. The design of the watch is beautifully balanced as well –the two hammers which chime the time on two hardened steel gongs are visible through an aperture at six-o’clock, which frames the flying regulator that controls the rate at which gongs and hammers meet; while at twelve o’clock the flying tourbillon performs its mesmerizing dance. The attention to detail means that when the chimes are activated the watch sounds both loud (68 decibels) and clear; when we heard it during a preview in New York recently we were amazed by not just its volume, but its limpid clarity as well.
The Rotonde de Cartier Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon will be manufactured in very limited numbers (Cartier estimates no more than 20 per year) at a price estimated at € 220,000 in titanium and €225,000 in pink gold. Pink gold is a traditional favorite for repeaters, but titanium will ring the bell of real performance purists.
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