It’s been a superb week for Cartier — of course it was the announcement of the Cartier ID Two “High Efficiency” Concept Watch which received the eruption of coverage from the blogosphere — but oft-overlooked was another new watch also announced by Cartier this week — the Cartier Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal Watch.

Cartier’s new Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal watch is simply gorgeous, both in form and function. The piece uses some of the technological solutions tried and tested in Cartier ID One: the niobium-titanium case, carbon crystal components, and the adjustment-free and lubrication-free pallet and escapement wheel. On top of this, the watch is also based upon Cartier’s rethought the concept of the tourbillon that is the “Astrotourbillon” (see: Cartier Calibre de Cartier Astrotourbillon) — a carriage with its axis of rotation at the center of the movement; the off-center balance wheel bridge is designed as an arrow and turns once round the dial every minute, pointing out the seconds. Although this watch is “production”, it will still carry a six-figure price tag (the white gold Astrotourbillon Ref. CRW1556204 was priced at $133,000). Coming in 2013.

Posted By: @BrookLynnDiva