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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 2356E
    Case No: 0038 CE
    Model Name: Tortue Monopoussoir CPCP
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 045 MC, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 34mm Width and 43mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier’s first Tortue-shaped watch was released in 1912, and updated in the 1990s with the Cartier Privée Paris Collection. Offered as time-only, tourbillon, and monopusher chronograph models, it was the chronograph that was a standout. In the 1930s, Cartier worked with Edmond Jaeger and LeCoultre using European Watch and Clock Company-branded movements that could fit these rare and unusual pieces. The first Cartier monopusher was released in 1928, and operated through a single button in the crown, with the start-stop-reset completed all through the one button. This allowed a cleaner and more elegant case line, compared to two button chronograph watches that had a more casual, sportive look.

    When the brand released the Cartier Privée Paris Collection (CPCP) in 1998, it gave the them an opportunity to update and modernise some of their most cherished, and iconic wristwatches. It was with great pride and fanfare that they reintroduced the Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir. Named “tortue à pattes” or “turtle on legs” it was a symbol of good fortune and longevity. The new watch was larger and contemporary, featuring the all-new chronograph caliber 045MC. This new movement is historic itself as it was co-developed by Vianney Halter, Denis Flageollet, and Francois-Paul Journe through their firm at the time, Techniques Horlogères Appliquées (THA).

    Well-preserved in excellent condition with a nicely aged dial, this watch is a wonderful example for the demanding collector.

  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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Ref. 2356E
A highly rare and attractive yellow gold single button chronograph wristwatch

Circa 2003
34mm Width and 43mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp

CHF15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for CHF52,920

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XIII

Geneva Auction 8 - 9 May 2021