To the best of our knowledge the present watch has not been offered in public before and is furthermore preserved in very good overall condition.
Reference 5040 was launched in 1992 and discontinued in 2007. It was available in all gold colours as well as in platinum and is distinguished by its tonneau tortue case, a style typical of the 1920s and 1930s, but much less common in modern times. Tonneau indicates a "barrel" shape (indeed tonneau means barrel in French) with narrow ends and wide center. Tortue (turtle, in French) describes a case with short lugs and rounded corners, resembling the legs of a turtle protruding from the shell. As this term defines a case detail, rather than a case shape, it is normally used in conjunction with the case shape, such as tonneau tortue, like the present watch, or also carre tortue, cushion tortue, etc.