Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1999
    Reference No: 2496
    Movement No: 3462
    Case No: 334636MG
    Model Name: Cartier Tortue
    Material: 18K yellow gold and diamonds
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 430MC, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 33mm length x 34mm width
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by blank Cartier certificate, instruction manual, product literature, CD, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    One of the most emblematic and classic watch cases of the early 20th century is the Tortue. Designed by Louis Cartier in 1912, the rounded tonneau-shaped case was elegant and sophisticated and named “tortue à pattes” or “turtle on legs” both for its similarity to the animal’s shape and symbolism of good fortune and longevity.

    Elegantly proportioned, the Tortue-shaped case is set with two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds throughout. Housed inside is the firm’s signature guilloche dial with Roman numerals. Once flipped one can witness a display caseback revealing the highly praised manual cal. 430MC from the coveted CPCP collection.

    Offered in excellent overall condition, the present timepiece is complete with its full set of accessories.

  • 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. 2496
A lady’s fine and dazzling yellow gold and diamond-set tortue-shaped wristwatch with Roman numerals, certificate and presentation box

Circa 1999
33mm length x 34mm width
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

HK$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$151,200

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)