A Closer Look at the Cartier Prive Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time

The Cartier Prive Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time is one of the most exquisite examples of fine watchmaking on the planet today. With its skeletonized design and fine filigree detailing, it is one of the most breathtaking examples in a wristwatch that we’ve seen in some time. The example that was announced in November of 2018 is an update of a classic that reveals an openworked movement in all its glory. It is a watch that inspires wonder and conversation because of the uniqueness of its delicate design. The appearance is dainty and fragile, but let us assure you that it’s well protected from harm as the watchmakers put careful consideration into each detail of the casement and the integrity of the watch. It’s actually quite durable, despite its appearance. This fine luxury watch demands a closer look and inspection to truly understand its merit.

What we know about the soon to be released Cartier Prive Tonneau L Skeleton Dual Time

The case is a skeletonized design that measures 52.4mm in its length and 29.8 mm in its width. The materials chosen for the case of this fine luxury timepiece are either rose gold or platinum, with variations of the watch available in each precious metal. The thickness of the watch is 11.9mm.

There is no dial color to speak of because it merely consists of a skeletonized framework of the respective precious metal material that is the same as the case materials. Both front and back of the case are skeletonized so you can see completely through the watch and behold the inner workings of the movement and it features railroad track style indexes with no application of lume and no resistance to water.

Cartier pulled out all the stops in the Prive Tonneau Xl Skeleton dual dial. The rationale for the two complete dial functions within the face of the watch is for the separate timekeeping for two time zones simultaneously.

The movement

The movement for the Cartier Prive Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time is an in-house caliber 9919 MC that measures 37.88mm x 24mm in width and 7.9mm in thickness. It is a manual winding style power source with a power reserved of approximately 60 hours. The 35 Jewels movement beats at a frequency of 4 Hz at 28,900 vph with a total of 197 working components in a brilliant display of craftsmanship and innovation in horology. The functions of the movement are hours and minutes for two distinct and separated time zones which have their own subset within the divided dial.

The bracelet that fastens the Prive Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time to the wrist is a strap that is made of genuine alligator leather. The strap is closed with a folding style buckle that is made of the respective precious metal used in the dial and case of the watch which ties the masterpiece together neatly.

A throwback to the 1990s

The Prive Tonneau Xl Skeleton Dual Time watch is a new representation of previous dual models which were released by Cartier back in the 1990s. They offer a reinterpretation of the dual timekeepers with a hint of vintage appeal along with modern applications and one of the most unique displays of stylization we’ve seen to date. The division of each timezone which receives its own separate place on the dial in equal spaces is a new approach. The amazingly intricate and complicated movement powers each of the dials and it proudly displays its inner workings through the skeleton frame both front and back, while offering independent control for each time display.

A new fresh take on dual time zone presentation that bears the impression that the watch was intended for the jet-setting crowd that makes its way from one country to another with the necessity of a watch that will keep them informed of the precise time of their new destination when leaving the former behind within the space of just a few hours. The watch is an even and balanced blend of old-school and new modern ideas.

The Cartier Prive Tonneau XL Skeleton Dual Time Price and Availability

The two watches in this brand new collection are scheduled for their release in 2019, although the precise date has not yet been confirmed. We do know that they will be issued in a strictly limited edition of numbered pieces with 100 of the rose gold and another 100 of the platinum versions being made available. The price tag for the rose gold watch will be $68,500 with the platinum version going for $78,500 as of this printing. The prices are subject to change in the near future.


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