The Tortue watch, with its legendary design, has a history that traces its roots back to 1928 when the monopusher chronograph made its first appearance on this iconic case. In 1998, this time measuring instrument was reinterpreted in the prestigious Collection Privée Cartier Paris, keeping alive the details that make it a symbol of class and refinement: the blued steel pomme hands, the seconds hand with skeletonized counterweight and the motifs triangular shapes that decorate the corners of the dial.

This year, Cartier has chosen to introduce, as a corollary to the simple “hour/minute” versions, the monopusher chronograph complication.

THE TORTUE

The Tortue, with its rounded and sinuous shape, is one of the most iconic and refined watch cases of the 1912th century. Designed by Louis Cartier in XNUMX, this case earned the nickname “tortue à pattes” or “turtle on legs” for its resemblance to the animal and its symbolism of good luck and longevity.

This new watch fits perfectly into the tradition of rare models presented in past years, such as the Crash, the Tank Cintrée and the Tonneau, reinterpreted with the aim of combining technique with aesthetics in a unique and elegant way.

The dial of the Tortue features pomme hands and a chemin de fer minute track that follows the perimeter of the indices, ensuring greater readability. This new edition of Cartier Privé offers the Tortue “hours/minutes” in versions Platinum o yellow gold, and introduces as an absolute preview for the collection a platinum proposal adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds, made in just 50 examples.

In the platinum versions, the Roman numerals are rhodium-plated and the attention to the finishes creates a refined play of contrasts and shades. The dial is silvered opaline and the winding crown is embellished with a brilliant-cut diamond in the diamond-adorned model, while in the platinum version it features a ruby ​​cabochon, a tribute to the prestigious Cartier brand. Both creations are accompanied by a red alligator leather strap with pin buckle, embellished with 25 diamonds in the pavé model.

In the gold model, the dial features a finely grained gold finish, while the winding crown is embellished with a cabochon sapphire. The strap is made of blue alligator leather with pin buckle.

The yellow gold edition is limited and numbered to 200 pieces.

CARTIER TORTUE MONOPUSHER

The prestigious Cartier Privé collection is enriched with a new and fascinating complication: the monopusher chronograph, powered by the sophisticated Manufacture caliber 1928 MC.

This complication, which made its first appearance on a Tortue in 1928, was reinterpreted in 1998 within the Collection Privée Cartier Paris, keeping intact the extremely refined details that also characterize the current version: the elegant pomme hands in blued steel, the seconds hand with skeletonized counterweight and the triangular motifs that adorn the four corners of the dial.

To further improve the readability of the dial and facilitate the use of the chronograph functions, the chemin de fer minute track is strategically positioned outside the Roman numerals, leaving the dial free from distractions and dedicating it completely to the two chronograph counters. The start-stop-reset functions are elegantly integrated into a single button located in the crown, allowing for smooth and intuitive operation. With a movement thickness of just 4,3 mm, this chronograph represents the pinnacle of thinness and precision engineering within the Maison Cartier.

The platinum model stands out for its play of shades, with blued counters, silvered opaline dial and Roman numerals with a rhodium finish, enhancing the typical Cartier color combination of platinum with cabochon ruby. The yellow gold version, however, boasts pomme hands with a gold finish, a gold-colored granulated dial and a winding crown embellished with a cabochon sapphire.

Both editions are limited to 200 numbered copies.