Cartier Tortue XL in 18ct Rose Gold – model ref: W1556234 – UK RRP £17,000.00


The Cartier Tortue, or Turtle, is one of the first designs that heralded the shape of watch cases away from the traditional round form that was borne of their pocket watch ancestry.

The shape is instantly recognisable but Cartier’s return to form for gentleman’s watches is maybe not as heralded. 2013 was also the year of the Tank MC, housing a totally in house movement from Cartier. Alongside the Calibre de Cartier; a small yet strong collection of “entry” level in-house watches was on offer for the first time.

The Tortue carries slightly difference providence mirroring more the previously boutique only Collection Prive models. As Cartier moves it identity towards a more horology based future, this model is a clear indication that such an elegant complication should be part of Cartier’s core range – a great sign of things to come.

The rose gold case is highly polished, an area that could potentially benefit from some detailing but the silvered opaline dial is wonderfully finished & the Breguet hands suit the overall aesthetic. The double date apertures at 12 are very easy to read & the sub seconds dial is functional given the model is hand wound.

The 38mm diameter sits very well dimensionally whilst the depth of the Tortue case with curved lugs fits snugly on most wrists. A deep rich brown alligator strap with rose gold folding clasp comes as standard but Cartier’s strap options are now the stuff of legend! Finally, a sapphire exhibition case back shows a remarkably well finished hand wound movement.

A lovely time piece in its own right, this Cartier would not go amiss in a collection alongside the other grand names of classic watch making. It is now in stock & ready to view. Feel free to inquire further about this Cartier model or any of the others in the Cartier range – we are an authorised agent for Cartier watches.

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