It was in 1912 that Cartier first unveiled the Tortue watch, a model which has seen a lot of variations and declinations over the years. The beautiful design of the Tortue was inspired by the shell of a tortoise - hence the name - and it is one of the most successful Cartier shaped timepiece, along side the Tonneau, the Baignoire and the Crash models.
At the upcoming SIHH 2014 (Geneva, 20-24 January 2014), Cartier will show the new, ultra feminine, Tortue models for Ladies characterised by smaller and thinner cases.
The medium size case measures 31 mm x 39 mm and it houses the ultra-thin hand-wound movement Piaget Calibre 430P.
The small size case measures 24 mm x 30 mm and houses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846.
Both versions are available in pink or white gold, optionally set with diamonds.
The dial is a Cartier classic: Roman numerals, sword-shaped hour and minute hands, dotted rail-track and guilloché dial. No seconds and no date for a very clean and elegant design.
The new Cartier Tortue models are available with a leather strap or a matching gold bracelet with flat links.