Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2000s
    Reference No: W1545851
    Movement No: No. 166
    Case No: 2761, No. 166
    Model Name: Tortue XL 8 Days
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9910 MC, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 37mm length x 38mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    While most would think that the Cartier Tank was one of the earliest wristwatches launched by the firm, the Cartier Tortue predates it and was launched first in 1912. With its case inspired by the shape of a tortoise shell, it was initially introduced as a time-only wristwatch with complicated models appearing in the late 1920s, such as the Tortue minute repeater and the mono-pusher chronograph.

    Fast forward to the 21st century, the Tortue remains in production and is still a flagship model of the acclaimed Parisian house of luxury. With new variants of the model launched, such as the present example Tortue XL 8 Days, the introduction of a larger case was made to cater towards the contemporary trend for larger wristwatches. The present example features a manual cal. 9910 MC with 8 days of power reserve indicated on the top left corner of the dial with a date aperture at the 7 O’clock position.

  • 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. W1545851
A fine and large white gold tortue-shaped wristwatch with small seconds, date and 8-days power reserve indication

Circa 2000s
37mm length x 38mm width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$38,000 - 78,000 

Sold for HK$132,300

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020