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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 223

    Cartier. A fine 18K white gold tonneau-shaped single button chronograph wristwatch


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    Cartier. A fine 18K white gold tonneau-shaped single button chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Cartier, Paris, Tortue Chronograph model, ref. 2396, No. 0430 CC, circa 1998
    Cal. 045 nickel-finished lever movement engraved with the Cartier logo, 22 jewels, the engine-turned silvered dial with Roman and applied dot numerals, blued steel moon-style hands, two subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, in tonneau-shaped case with extended lugs, glazed display back secured by eight screws, chronograph mechanism operated through the sapphire-set crown, 18K white gold Cartier deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. wide & 43 mm. overall length

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    Accompanied by Cartier International Guarantee Certificate, booklet, presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present lot is from Cartier's Collection Privée celebrated "Tortue" series.

    The tonneau-shaped "tortue à pattes" or "turtle on legs" wristwatch was originally designed by Louis Cartier in 1912; the shape of the case was made to resemble a turtle, a very popular animal during this era and symbol of good fortune and longevity in many civilisations. Particularly elegant, it became one of Cartier's most prized watches and is today amongst the most emblematic models of the "Collection Privée Cartier Paris, available in different versions.

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