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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2006
    Movement No: 07C
    Case No: No.1
    Model Name: Tortue
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 909MC
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35.5mm Width, and 43mm Length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier unsigned Certificate, red leather Collection Privée presentation box, leather envelop, product literature, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Cartier is renowned for creating some of the most elegant timepieces and extravagant jewellery pieces amongst all brands. Their well-heeled clientele included top names from industry, entertainment, royalty and society. Cartier’s master craftsmen created some of the most memorable pieces known today. For example, they launched their tonneau-shaped wristwatch in 1906, which at the time was considered very daring. In addition to design innovation, Cartier was at the forefront with mechanical techniques including the creation of complicated timepieces from perpetual calendars to minute repeaters.

    Minute repeaters are amongst the most prestigious and sought after in the field of collectors’ watches. They are rooted in a long tradition of striking timepieces, derived from early striking clocks that communicated time to residents in towns and villages several centuries ago. In the 19th century, repeating tall clocks and desk clocks were miniaturized so in the darkness of night one could activate their pocket watch and hear the time chimed. Since the early 20th century, Cartier and their movement makers such as European Watch and Clock Co., have been creating exceptional minute repeating watches, appreciated for their clarity and rich tone.

    The present, limited edition, white gold, tonneau-shaped minute repeating wristwatch, is from Cartier’s Privée Collection Paris (CPCP), launched in 1998. Exceptionally it is the very first example from the CPCP collection in white gold, with serial number 1. With the CPCP Collection, Cartier updated and modernized some of their most cherished and iconic wristwatches from the early part of the 20th century. This example is well-preserved in excellent condition, and complete with its original certificate and box - sure to please the most demanding collector. The watch is offered at auction for the first-time, having been donated to Chabad of Hunterdon County, which provides assistance and guidance to disadvantaged youth.

    Cartier minute repeating watches have long been the height of luxury and the present CPCP minute repeater is a wonderful example of Cartier’s exceptional design and watchmaking prowess.

  • 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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A very rare and exceptional limited edition white gold tonneau-shaped minute repeating wristwatch with original certificate and presentation box, number 1, proceeds of the sale will benefit Chabad of Hunterdon County

Circa 2006
35.5mm Width, and 43mm Length
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $100,800

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021