Watches: Cartier Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hours

By Thierry Ané on September 21, 2015

After the introduction of the core time-only models of the brand new “Clé de Cartier” collection during SIHH 2015, the House of Cartier will use the forthcoming Watches & Wonders 2015 exhibition to unveil the very first versions of this sophisticated timekeeper equipped with some of the brand’s high-end complications.


Considering the creativity and expertise of the Fine Watchmaking department led by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the renowned Manufacture had plenty of refined complications to choose from. Indeed, whether you are after a Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon, a Perpetual Calendar Chronograph or even an Astrotourbillon Skeleton, Cartier always offers at least one model matching your needs with a unique design and the most stunning finish.




Quite cleverly, though, the brand did not opt for one of these “traditional” symbols of Haute Horlogerie but rather rely on a much more poetic function that symbolises Cartier’s unconventional approach to Fine Watchmaking: the “Mysterious Hours”. With the help of two sapphire discs, the brand’s characteristic sword-shaped facetted hours and minutes hands seem to float, weightless on the dial to reveal the time of the day.




This intriguing complication has already been introduced in the “Rotonde” collection in either in rose gold or white gold but also in yellow gold as the Rotonde Mysterious Hours Panther Grisaille Enamel in the “Cartier d’Art” collection. The new “Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hours” share the same manually-wound 9981 MC calibre entirely designed, developed and manufactured in the brand’s La-Chaux-de-Fonds workshops.




Given the available information, there will at least be four versions of the “Clé de Cartier Mysterious Hours”: one model with a pink gold case and another version featuring a platinum frame. The former will also be available with a diamond-set bezel and a full pavé model in white gold will pay tribute to the jeweller side of Cartier.




The first three renditions also present another design touch that has become a trademark of the brand: an openwork dial carved around the iconic stylised Roman numerals one expects from Cartier. In blue just like the rail-track minute circle, they beautifully stand out on the silver grid with sunburst finish.




The white gold and platinum models are paired with black alligator while a brown alligator strap complements the pink gold versions. All of them are secured by a folding buckle in the same material as the case. We will have to wait until Watches & Wonders 2015 for information about the price and to find out whether more versions will be available.


For more information please visit the Cartier web site.