Cover Cartier's Masse Mystérieuse

It looks simple but the Masse Mystérieuse is the most technically complex timepiece from the French maison

It took Cartier eight years, five different constructions and three prototypes to reach this level of transparency. Evoking the aesthetics of its mystery clock where the hands appear to float on the dial with no apparent attachment to gears, the new Masse Mystérieuse at least features a half circle movement.

Skeletonised to complement the weightlessness of the watch's appearance, all components are packed into half the size of a regular movement. Its shape is also indicative of its most extraordinary aspect—it is also the rotor that feeds it energy! How this is achieved is truly a testament to the ability of Cartier's watchmaking team. 

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The automatic Calibre 9801 MC is integrated with an ultra-sophisticated differential system to prevent the time display from being caught in the mass. An innovative principle also ensures that the balance wheel remains always in the vertical position. The rotor rotates in both directions at an irregular speed.

The movement/rotor moves inside a hour track with Roman numerals. The case is platinum, which is also available in diamond-set versions. Ruby cabochon on the crown lends it a pop of colour. Limited to 30 pieces.

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