Monopoussoir | 2714 | white gold
A modern classic
Created by Louis Cartier in 1912, the Tortue was only Cartier’s third wristwatch design, after the Santos Dumont and Tonneau. With its unmistakable DNA and Cartier’s timeless style, the model's tortoise-inspired case quickly became a classic.
As a series of mechanical watches based on historic Cartier designs, the CPCP demonstrated what Cartier was capable of producing during a period where the brand was more closely associated with quartz-based timepieces. Most of the models within the CPCP collection were available between 1998 and 2008, in limited numbers, using mechanical movements from external suppliers, until the Fine Watchmaking Collection was introduced using movements developed in-house.
A reference point in the history of modern watchmaking, the Calibre 045MC that powers the Tortue Monopoussoir was produced by THA Èbauche. Founded in 1996, THA was a collaborative movement manufacture by Vianney Halter, Denis Flageollet (founder of De Bethune), and François-Paul Journe, before their respective brands became household names. With this illustrious collection of watchmakers involved, there is little surprise that the Calibre 045MC is both technically and visually impressive. Reminiscing on the collaboration during a recent interview, Dennis Flageollet said,
"We were young, we had no doubts and we created incredible objects together that would be difficult to make today."
Used only for the various Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir models, the Tank Monopoussoir and De Bethune Monopoussoir, the Calibre 045MC uses a lever escapement. With a clutch system, the motion of the second wheel to the chronograph’s central wheel is activated by a double swivel pin, removing the ‘jolt’ of the seconds hand which often occurs in chronographs operated by a lateral clutch. The resulting operation allows the hand to smoothly glide across the dial.
Beneath the curved crystal, the dial is heavily inspired by vintage Cartier, though with a modern-style guilloche radiating from the centre. The printed Roman numerals complete the dial, adding further highlights. The overall restrained styling, combined with the large Roman numerals, creates an elegant balance. Above the dial, the Breguet-style hands are blued steel, adding a nice touch of contrast to the watch.
The combination of Cartier design and the Calibre 045MC movement, explains the appeal of this Tortue Monopoussoir amongst independent watch collectors of today. It’s accompanied by one of our Tokyo grey grained leather straps, its black Cartier-signed alligator strap and 18-carat white gold deployant clasp.
Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment.
|Model:||Monopoussoir Ref. 2714|
|Movement:||mechanical manual-winding Cal. 045MC|
|Functions:||chronograph, hours, minutes, sub-seconds|
|Features:||guilloche dial, display back, blue steel hands|
|Case:||43 x 35 mm 18-carat white gold|
|Crystal:||sapphire front and back|
|Bracelet:||Tokyo grained leather strap, Cartier alligator strap with white gold deployant clasp|
|Box & papers:||-|
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