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SIHH 2014 Preview - Cartier & The Rebirth of The Tortue Watch

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November 2013


Created in 1912, the Tortue watch was an immediate and spectacular success and very quickly became one of Cartier’s most desirable models. With the boldness of its name and the creative design of its case, it fits naturally into the great tradition of Cartier shaped watches, alongside the Tonneau watch, the Baignoire watch and the Crash watch. This is a heritage with timeless appeal that today’s Tortue reinterprets with feminine charm.

Tortue Watch (medium model) in pink gold by Cartier
Tortue Watch (medium model) in pink gold by Cartier
Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding - 430 MC, Case in pink gold, Strap in Alligator Skin, Ardillon Buckle in pink gold.

Its taut lines, extra-thin profile, generously sized dial, essential shape and impeccable elegance are a lesson in style. The delicate curves of this new, ultra-feminine generation of the Tortue make it one of the most quintessentially Cartier watches. Everything contributes to the masterful lightness of this watch. It has moved on from the past to embrace new style ideas: the domed case of the original Tortue model has been replaced by the harmonised tension of flat, refined facets that emphasise its feminine elegance.

Tortue Watch (small model) in pink gold with diamonds by Cartier
Tortue Watch (small model) in pink gold with diamonds by Cartier
Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding - 8970 MC, Case in pink gold set with diamonds totaling 0.7 Carats, Bracelet in pink gold.

This watch knows its classics: Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands, dotted rail-track, guilloché dial... the design codes of Cartier watchmaking are emphasised by the bold curve of the delicate dial. Powered by a Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, this new interpretation of the Tortue watch is available in small and medium sizes, with versions in white, pink gold or set with diamonds. Daytime models are mounted on a leather strap; evening models with a total look of pink or white gold are enhanced by a sophisticated, flexible bracelet with flat links.

Source: Cartier