Ahead of the upcoming SIHH 2016 in Geneva this January, Cartier unveils the first skeletonized watch in that collection, which also features Cartier’s first-ever skeletonized automatic movement made in-house. The movement in the Cartier Clé de Cartier Automatic Skeleton is Cartier’s brand-new Caliber 9612 MC, whose openworked architecture showcases bridges in the shape of Roman numerals III, VI, IX, and XII, a motif that Cartier has utilized previously in skeletonized versions of its Santos-Dumont, Tank MC, and Astrotourbillon Skeleton watches.
For this new Skeleton watch, the movement is self-winding rather than manual-winding. Cartier’s watchmakers met the considerable challenge of blending a skeleton structure with an automatic winding mechanism by developing a skeletonized rotor, made of 22k gold, that maintains a delicate balance between thickness and diameter; it is nearly invisible when not in motion, as the periphery of the rotor hugs the edges of the movement.
The Cle de Cartier Automatic Skeleton watch is offered in a case of 950/1000 palladium, measuring 41 mm in diameter and 11.45 mm thick.