February 2, 2009

One of the most interesting Cartier watches presented at this year's Salon International de Haute Horlogerie, was the Rotonde Central Chronograph, which uses Cartier's new in-house manually-wound 9907 MC caliber movement built in La Chaux de Fonds. The look of the watch is unique to say the least, with the centrally placed chronograph subdial measuring 30 minutes, with a disc that literally covers most of the hour and minute hand on the watch face.

This watch brilliantly re-interprets the sports-bred chronograph complication, imbuing it with an unprecedented aura of minimalistic elegance. Crafted from 18-karat pink gold, the round case of the Rotonde Central Chronograph timepiece measures 42mm in diameter; the grandeur of this form is enhanced by such distinguished Cartier signatures as the beaded crown with its blue sapphire cabochon.

The timepiece is completed by an alligator leather strap, and an adjustable folding buckle in 18-karat pink gold. The timepiece features a convex sapphire crystal, and is water resistant to 30 meters.