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The BEST Men’s Watch is…… The Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph via [revo-online and perpetuelle.com]

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2009 REVOLUTION AWARDS
Presenting the world’s most outstanding watches by jack forster


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The 2009 REVOLUTION Awards  have a special significance.  Excellence is always a rare commodity, but in 2009, in many ways, it was more than ever the  difficult choice. For the companies and watch-industry persons  selected, perhaps the most  distinctive and distinguishing common trait is the affirmation  evidenced by their work that, for them, excellence is the only choice.
Juried assessments of works of art or design necessarily reveal as much about the prejudices of the jurors as they do about the quality  of the nominees.
The REVOLUTION Awards,  therefore, can’t be taken as a complete representative of the best in watchmaking — rather, it represents a necessary compromise between our objective
judgments, and our individual tastes. For nearly a thousand years, mechanicalhorology has been the point of convergence of the most advanced technology and the most elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship in the history of civilization. And there is a fascination to watchmaking that goes to the very heart of human curiosity. Mechanical horology, far  from being put to rest either by advances in technology or the vagaries of economics, is now more vital than perhaps at any time in its long history. While it’s customary to refer to the recipients
of awards as honorees, we can’t help but feel that we are the ones who are honored to be able to consider such a feast of horology as presents itself to us every year. And this year, especially, rather than toot our own horn, we’d rather offer up the 2009 REVOLUTION Awards as a gesture of deep thanks and gratitude to the recipients, whose hard work and genius are responsible for the magical little machines that continue to charm us all.
It’s a sign of how strong watchmaking is, and of its enduring appeal, that every year, the number of truly worthy potential nominees vastly outnumbers the actual award winners. That said, we can’t help but feel that our final selections have something special that sets them apart. You, of course, will agree or disagree according to your own disposition. But we’re just as grateful  for differences of opinion as we are for the masterful timepieces we write about. After all, if it weren’t for diversity of taste, those of us who write about it would be out of a job!

The 2009 REVOLUTION Awards  have a special significance.  Excellence is always a rare commodity, but in 2009, in many ways, it was more than ever the  difficult choice. For the companies and watch-industry persons  selected, perhaps the most  distinctive and distinguishing common trait is the affirmation  evidenced by their work that, for them, excellence is the only choice.
Juried assessments of works of art or design necessarily reveal as much about the prejudices of the jurors as they do about the quality  of the nominees.
The REVOLUTION Awards,  therefore, can’t be taken as a complete representative of the best in watchmaking — rather, it represents a necessary compromise between our objective
judgments, and our individual tastes. For nearly a thousand years, mechanicalhorology has been the point of convergence of the most advanced technology and the most elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship in the history of civilization. And there is a fascination to watchmaking that goes to the very heart of human curiosity. Mechanical horology, far  from being put to rest either by advances in technology or the vagaries of economics, is now more vital than perhaps at any time in its long history. While it’s customary to refer to the recipients
of awards as honorees, we can’t help but feel that we are the ones who are honored to be able to consider such a feast of horology as presents itself to us every year. And this year, especially, rather than toot our own horn, we’d rather offer up the 2009 REVOLUTION Awards as a gesture of deep thanks and gratitude to the recipients, whose hard work and genius are responsible for the magical little machines that continue to charm us all.
It’s a sign of how…

A Closer Look at the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph
by Kyle

With its iconic watch collections such as the Tank and the Santos, Cartier has long been a brand whose watches tend to appeal to those more interested in high fashion and social status than to the true fans of fine mechanical watches and high watchmaking. However, at the 2009 SIHH Cartier introduced several exciting new models as well as its own in-house movements – all in an attempt to garner greater respect for itself in the world of “haute horlogerie“.

One of my favorites that Cartier introduced was the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronographe.  The distinguishing feature of this watch, as its name implies, is its innovative central chronograph function.  The clever design elements of this watch are subtle, but if you take a moment to understand them you will likely be impressed.

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph

Cartier Rotonde de  Cartier central chronograph watch picture Cartier Rotonde de Cartier  central chronograph movement

Rotonde de Cartier 9907 MC calibre

If you look closely at the dial you can see that the hours and minutes use blued hands which are invisible save for the tips.  This is unlike almost any “normal” watch in which the hands extend all the way to the center of the dial.  As for the chronograph function, a slim blued seconds hand begins to track the time when the push-piece is pressed, while the large counter in the form of an arc records each of its revolutions up to thirty minutes. The simple genius here being that the hands indicating the time never obscure those of the chronograph!

Perpetuelle.com partner TheTimeTV recently released a video which covers the 2009 Cartier Collection.  If you watch the video here you will get a “real world” look at the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph watch – among several neat watches that Cartier introduced this year!


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