Key features

  • Extremely rare reference

  • Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP)

  • Caliber 045MC

  • Full set

About this watch

Created by Louis Cartier in 1912, the Tortue was only Cartier’s third wristwatch design, after the Santos Dumont and the Tonneau, and before the Tank which was introduced in 1917.

The Tortue Monopoussoir was introduced in 1998, as a part of the Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP), in 2 versions, white gold and yellow gold, each one with its own vintage-inspired dial.

As a series of mechanical watches based on historic Cartier designs, the Collection Privée Cartier Paris demonstrated what Cartier was capable of producing in terms of iconic designs. Most of the models within the CPCP collection were available between 1998 and 2008, in limited numbers, using mechanical movements from external suppliers. CPCP pieces are among the most sought-after by collectors.

A reference point in the history of modern watchmaking, the Calibre 045MC that powers the Tortue Monopoussoir was produced by THA Ebauche. Founded in 1996, THA Ebauche was a collaborative movement manufacture by Vianney Halter, Denis Flageollet (founder of De Bethune), and François-Paul Journe.

Beneath the curved crystal, a guilloché dial reminds the design of the original model from the 1920s, with the blued steel Breguet style hands.

The yellow gold case measures 43 x 35 mm, with a thickness of 10 mm. On the side of the case, the octagonal crown serves to start, stop and reset the chronograph.

The combination of Cartier design and the extraordinary Calibre 045MC movement explains the appeal of this Tortue Monopoussoir amongst watch collectors of today. It is in perfect condition, with its original Cartier alligator strap and 18K yellow gold deployant clasp. It is presented full set with its original box and papers.