Cartier - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1998
    Reference No: 2396
    Case No: 0582CC
    Model Name: Collection Privée Tortue Chronographe Monopoussoir
    Material: 18k white gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 045 MC, 22 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Burgundy Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Cartier folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 34 mm. width
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch is fitted in a tortoise-inspired tonneau-shaped case, designed by pioneering designer Louis Cartier in 1912. The watch features a single-button chronograph mechanism and all functions can be operated through the sapphire-set crown. Presented in excellent overall condition, the present watch is today one of the most desired models of the Collection Privée.

  • 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. 2396
A fine white gold tonneau-shaped single-button chronograph wristwatch

Circa 1998
34 mm. width
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for HK$87,500

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016