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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2013
    Reference No: 2681F
    Movement No: No. 5
    Case No: No. 5/25
    Model Name: Tortue Minute Repeater CPCP
    Material: 18K Pink Gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 909MC, 34 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k pink gold Cartier deployant buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5mm width, 43mm length
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Cartier Certificate, red leather Cartier presentation box, red leather CPCP holder with product literature and CD, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Tortue is one of the most emblematic and classic watch cases of the early 20th century. 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. Cartier has long used the case since its introduction, and in 1998 they introduced their Cartier Privée Paris Collection (CPCP), which sought to bring modern watches with a vintage flair to collectors. Available from 1998 until 2008, the collection gave Cartier an opportunity to update and modernise some of their most cherished and iconic wristwatches from the early part of the 20th century.

    The present limited edition pink gold tonneau-shaped minute repeating wristwatch is from Cartier’s Privée Collection Paris (CPCP), launched in 1998. The watch is number 5 of a limited edition of 25 examples. It is well-preserved in excellent condition, and comes complete with its original certificate and box - sure to please the most demanding collector. The caliber was created by the renowned Renaud & Papi, who are known for some of the most groundbreaking watches of the 1990s and early 2000s, including Audemars Piguet’s Grande Sonnerie. The minute repeater sounds superb, with an attractive pitch and clear tone.

    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. Rarely seen at auction, this is a rare opportunity to acquire an important and iconic Cartier timepiece.

  • 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. 2681F
A very rare and exceptional limited edition pink gold tonneau-shaped minute repeating wristwatch with original certificate and presentation box, number 5, with proceeds of the sale benefitting Chabad of Hunterdon County

Circa 2013
35.5mm width, 43mm length
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

$25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $75,600

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022