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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 2396G
    Case No: 18314CE
    Model Name: Tortue Chronograph
    Material: 18k white gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Mechanical, 045MC, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Grey Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Cartier deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 34 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Cartier additional grey crocodile leather strap.
    Provenance: Property of a Lady

  • Provenance

    Property of a Lady

  • Catalogue Essay

    This white gold and diamond-set single-button chronograph takes inspiration from the vintage Cartier examples in the 1940s and 1950s. This highly exclusive example, set with diamonds, is seldom seen on the market. The watch has a very unique yet sophisticated look.

  • Artist Biography

    Cartier

    French

    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. 2396G
A fine white gold and diamond-set tonneau-shaped single-button chronograph wristwatch

Circa 2008
34 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am