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


Cartier. A fine 18K gold tonneau-shaped single button chronograph wristwatch
Signed Cartier, Paris, Collection Privée, Tortue Chronograph model, No. 0626 CC, case no. 2356, manufactured in 1998
Cal. 045 MC nickel-finished lever movement engraved with the Cartier logo, 22 jewels, engine-turned silvered dial, Roman numerals, secret signature at VII, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, tonneau-shaped case, glazed display back secured by eight screws, chronograph mechanism operated through the sapphire-set crown, 18K gold Cartier deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
34 mm. wide & 43 mm. overall length
Special notice
Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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With Cartier International Guarantee Certificate dated 31 December 1998, Must de Cartier card, operating instructions, International Repair Guarantee dated 23 August 2006 and original fitted red presentation box.

This watch, purchased by the present owner in 1998, 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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