62 Cartier Number 01, Very Attractive Tortue, Minute-Repeater Wristwatch in White Gold, Reference 2512C, With Box and Papers

Estimate: €90,000 –⁠ 180,000

Sold €162,500

Model: Tortue Minute Repeater
Reference: 2512C
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 2000s
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 909 MC
Case N°: N° 1
Movement N°: 07C
Dimensions: 34 × 43 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Box and Papers

In 1912 the genius of Louis Cartier gave birth to the “Tortue” model. Its iconic case recalls the silhouette of a turtle, a very popular animal during that era and symbol of good fortune and longevity in many civilizations. The present lot is one of those nice and rare examples with the iconic “tortue à pattes” or “turtle on legs” shape. Produced in white gold, the two-body, solid case with sapphire-set winding crown is nicely preserved. On the band, the sliding pusher that activates the minute repeater complication with its unmistakable sound. The guilloché silver dial has painted radial Roman numerals, inner minute track, secret Cartier signature on the number seven and the subsidiary dial for constant seconds at six o’clock. The blued steel “Breguet” hands are powered by the caliber 909 MC. while the yellow and pink-gold version has caliber 9401MC. Further sold with its original box and papers, all these virtues are highly appreciated by watch collectors, making it an exotic beauty to enjoy on the wrist most of all considering the fact that, as confirmed by the engravings on the back, the here offered Cartier is the Number 1 example and thus extremely rare and appreciated.