Cartier TORTUE 18k White-Gold 8-Days
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Polished 18k White-Gold tonneau “Tortue” case with18k white-gold octagonal crown set with a faceted sapphire. Domed Sapphire crystal glass and display back.
Black hand-sewn full grain Alligator strap with 18k White-Gold folding clasp by Cartier.
Mechanical, hand-winding by Cartier (Calibre 9910 MC).
Hours, Minutes, 8-Day power reserve, large date and small seconds. Water-resistant 30 meters.
Guilloche silvered sun-burst dial with central rose motif, Roman numbers and blued-steeel hands. Power reseve indicator and small seconds are diagonally opposite. Large date display is at the bottom left-hand corner.
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The Cartier Tortue is part of Cartier’s exclusive Privee Collection. The Collection Privee was launched in the late 1990’s to promote the rich watch making heritage of Louis Cartier and Maison Cartier. This collection reinterprets legendary models with contemporary innovation. Some of the complications found in this line include intertwined double C tourbillons, perpetual calendars, two-time zone watches, skeleton watches, and in the case of the gen of this model, a minute repeater.
There are 5 characteristics that distinguish watches from the Privee Collection: The double C tapestry and blued steel regulatory assembly, the Cartier Paris stamp, The Guilloche and silvered dial, the use of precious metals and the deployant buckle and black alligator strap.
Cartier first introduced the tortue shape in 1912, for women’s wristwatches. The “first” wristwatch was designed as a private gift to the pioneer aviator Santos-Dumont in 1904 but commercial versions did not appear until 1911. The Tortue shape became an instant success. The appeal is obvious of course considering the almost ostentatious curves and the suppleness of the whole case. In 1928, Cartier created its first tortue-shaped wristwatches for men. Clearly, ostentatious curves have a powerful appeal to men too!