Cartier is one of the brands which first release their novelties for SIHH watch show, held every January in Geneva. This year, the renowned French watchmaker started with a luxurious line of ladies’ timepieces whose distinctive shape was inspired by the shell of a tortoise. These stylish novelties come in small and medium sizes, with versions in white and pink gold, as well as golden versions set with diamonds. New Cartier Tortue watches can serve as exceptional aesthetic details in various occasions, always emphasizing ladies’ refinement and elegance. At the same time, high-end mechanisms which power these timepieces guarantee excellent performances.
Cartier has always had great passion for shaped watches. Alongside Tortue watches, Tonneau, Baignoire and Crash lines, each one, in a unique way, presents the brand’s expertise in creating unconventional cases. Each of these lines has an important part in Cartier’s heritage, which, in the case of the Tortue Collection, lasts more than a century. The modern reinterpretation of this classic range that will be officially presented at the upcoming 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie shows up with the strong feminine touch, which is presented through design, colors and softer curves.
As I have already mentioned, watches are available in two sizes: the medium size features a 31 x 39mm case, while the more elegant, Tortue Small Model comes with a 24 x 30 mm case. Either made of white or pink gold, cases present beautiful polished surfaces, especially visible on plain bezels. A significantly higher level of luxury comes with versions beautified by diamond-set bezels. Very tin cases are designed to follow the shape of a lady’s wrist.
Each version has a white dial, showing design simplicity, based on the classic feminine elegance. Large Roman numerals surround the central guilloché pattern, with or without a minute track. Finally, there are the brand’s signature blued steel hands placed in the center of the dial.
The small model is powered by a Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 846 hand-winding mechanism, while the larger version houses an ultra-thin Piaget Calibre 430P hand-winding movement. Stylish ladies who decide to buy some of these watches will have a chance to choose between classic leather straps in several colors and beautiful, multi-link bracelets in matching materials.