Cartier - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 1996
    Reference No: 2759
    Movement No: No. 18
    Case No: No. 18/40
    Model Name: Tortue XL Tourbillon Chronograph Monopoussoir
    Material: Platinum
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 9431 MC, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: Platinum Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 38mm width x 40mm length
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and clasp

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Tortue collection holds an important status in the collection of Cartier wristwatches. First introduced in 1912, as a time only watch, Cartier introduced their first Tortue Monopoussoir in 1928, alongside a Tortue Minute Repeating wristwatch.

    Introduced in 1996, the Cartier Tortue XL Tourbillon Chronograph Monopoussoir was presented as a limited edition of 40 pieces. Presented in an oversized tonneau-shaped case, the watch houses a tourbillon escapement along with a chronograph function activated by a single button.

  • 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. 2759
A fine and rare limited edition platinum tonneu-shaped single-button chronograph wristwatch with tourbillon escapement, numbered 18 of a limited edition of 40 pieces

Circa 1996
38mm width x 40mm length
Dial, case, movement and clasp

HK$200,000 - 350,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

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