Cartier Tortue 2689G in Rose Gold CPCP Collection 150 Examples Made - Full SetCartier
The Cartier Tortue ref. 2689G is a stunner from a design point of view. By the same token it also represents a transformative period for modern day Cartier. This watch belongs to the CPCP or Collection Privee Cartier Paris. A series that reintroduced some of the most iconic designs of the past with the Tortue being one of them. Only 150 examples of the reference 2686G in rose gold were made and this one here is accompanied by its set of box and paperwork. Aside from its rarity and modern day collectability some details that set the ref. 2689G apart from other modern day Cartier watches are its hand finished dial, manual caliber, sapphire case back, and complications such as a date function and power reserve indicator. The overall condition of this particular example is very good. The case shows minor signs of scratching. All consistent with previous wear.
The famed CPCP line up came about as an attempt to demonstrate to the watch world that Cartier had not lost its way. The years of using quartz movements was now posing a risk. Consumers were swiftly forgetting the truly remarkable feats of design and mechanics brought about by the brand during the early 20th century and that was simply unacceptable. From 1998 to 2008 the CPCP collection re-imagined and re-introduced the most iconic designs of the 20th century. All these highly limited editions were beautifully hand finished and powered by mechanical movements sourced from the likes of Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, FP Journe, and Vianney Halter. Certain details distinguished a CPCP collection from the mass produced Cartier watch. The fact that only 50 - 100 - 150 examples of each model were made was one of them. The dials (except the Cintree) were signed “Cartier Paris” with each depicting a rose motif placed prominently at the center of the dial. Manual movements though brought in externally were given the final touches by Cartier. The Tortue design was launched in 1912 as a time only watch and even predated the famed Tank. As the name hints Cartier borrowed inspiration from the shape of a turtle’s shell. Its subsequent high demand led the French jeweler to roll out complications such as the Tortue Minute Repeater and the Tortue Monopusher Chronograph. When the CPCP collection rolled out the Tortue took center stage as the most popular design, with clients vying for the perpetual calendar, chronograph, and time only iterations. White gold and rose gold were used for the model, both numbered and made in 150 examples each.