Cartier Tortue Watches
The Cartier Tortue watch was originally launched as a woman's watch in 1912 during a time when all watches were round. The ground-breaking tortoise shaped design of the Cartier Tortue watch eschews this tradition while solidifying the new model of Cartier as an instant classic with deep curves along the 18K gold bezel of the watch and an inherent suppleness of the entire gold case on the new type of Cartier watch. In 1928 Cartier released a men's Tortue with a more muscular yet graceful shape in response to the popularity of the original Cartier Tortue watch. Over the years Cartier brought out different versions of the Tortue watch, including both a Men's and Ladies options of the watch available in 18K White Gold, 18K Yellow Gold, or 18K Rose Gold, with pave diamonds or stainless steel bezel around a noticeably wider yet slimmer white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold case, and an Openwork Roman Numeral Dial which is held by an alligator leather strap attached to a 18K white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold deployant buckle. The Cartier Tortue also can include either automatic or manual winding movement and features a chronograph function. In some models of the Cartier Tortue watch, the astounding visual continues all the way to the transparent case back of the Cartier with an intricate view of the manual or automatic movement of these Tortue watches from Cartier. In recent times, the modern Tortue collection by Cartier has been home to 8 models of watches keeping with the tradition: an XXL variants with multiple time zones in the dial of the Tortue, a perpetual calendar model, a Chronograph function, or XL renditions with big date and manual winding.
In 2014 Cartier released several new versions of the Ladies model Tortue watch featuring 18K Rose Gold or White Gold in petite or medium variants, along with upgraded manual and automatic movement, pave diamonds or 18K Gold bezel.
The Cartier Tortue is an exceedingly rare watch which serves as a sentimental reminder of first golden age in watchmaking from Cartier. At auction, early models of the Cartier Tortue Chronograph watch will regularly sell for some of the highest prices of any Cartier watch due to the rarity of the model and the unique features of the watch. Watches from the Cartier Tortue collection are expressions of the emblematic and inimitable Cartier style.