Cartier
Tortue Perpetual White Gold “Skeleton” W1580048

  • Collection: Tortue
  • Model reference: W1580048
  • Case/Size: White gold, 41mm
  • Dial: Skeletonized
  • Movement: Automatic-winding
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar
  • Condition: Excellent / 2014
  • Collection: Tortue
  • Model Reference: W1580048
  • Case/Size: White Gold / 41mm
  • Dial: Skeletonized
  • Movement: Automatic winding
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Perpetual Calendar
  • Specificity: Skeletonized dial
  • Condition / Year: Very Good / Excellent / 2014
  • Box / Papers: Yes / Yes
  • Price: Upon Request

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1990s was a defining decade for the mechanical watch industry. It had recovered from the quartz crisis and was gaining momentum again. These were the times when the watch forums, blogs and social media were non-existent. Just true connoisseurs sharing their passion for mechanical watches. Although within the small community, the interest in high-end mechanical movements could be reeked in the air.

And Cartier could smell it. In 1998, Cartier dedicated a separate division for mechanical watches, as a special collection called Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP).

It comprised of some iconic models such as the Santos, Tank and Tortue, with movements manufactured by other big names within the watch industry such as JLC, Piaget, Frederique Piguet and THA Èbauche among the others. The calibers were then finished in-house by Cartier before housing them into some of its historic designs. Some pieces were made as a limited edition of 100pcs and others were a limited production of 200 – 250 timepieces.

CPCP was operational between 1998 and 2008, after which Cartier decided to dive deep into high-end in-house watchmaking dedicating a new manufacturer in 2008 called the Fine Watchmaking (FWM). It did not generate expected results and was shut down in 2018.

 

The Cartier Tortue Perpetual White Gold “Skeleton” Model W1580048 is an exquisite timepiece that embodies Cartier’s legacy of luxury and intricate craftsmanship. This watch is a stunning representation of Cartier’s expertise in combining classic elegance with innovative design.

The 18K white gold case of the Tortue Perpetual Skeleton is artfully crafted, featuring unique, tortoise-inspired curves that give this watch its name. Its dimensions are modest, yet substantial enough to make a statement on the wrist. The case houses a meticulously engineered skeletonized movement, which is a masterpiece of horological art. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal on both the front and back, allowing an unobstructed view of the intricate workings.

One of the most striking features of this watch is its perpetual calendar complication. This advanced mechanism automatically adjusts for different lengths of months and leap years, ensuring the date displayed is always accurate. This functionality is displayed in a clear, legible layout on the dial, seamlessly integrating with the skeletonized design.

The dial itself is a marvel of design and functionality. Without a traditional solid background, the components seem to float within the case, creating a captivating visual effect. The hands are crafted from the same white gold as the case, complementing the overall aesthetic.

Completing the watch is a high-quality black alligator strap, which provides a comfortable fit and adds to the luxurious feel of the timepiece. The strap is equipped with a white gold buckle, ensuring the watch remains secure on the wrist.

 

 

Cartier – Bio

Founded by Louis-Francois Cartier in 1847, the house of Cartier is the luxury jewellers by reference in France.
Jewellers of the royal family and their prominent entourage, they quickly acquired fame in Europe.
Later Louis Cartier gave a second life to old watchmaking traditions with pieces like the mystery clocks, gem-set watches and other flamboyant pieces.
One of their iconic models called the Santos was made in 1904 for his friend and client the aviator from Brazil, Alberto Santos-Dumont.   Followed by other successful models like the Tonneau in 1906, the Tortue in 1912 and the famous Tank in 1919 to mention few.
The brand stayed in the family until 1964 and is now owned by a Swiss watch group.

Additional information

Accessories :

Accompanied by a Cartier international warranty, product literature and a red leather presentation box