Created in 1912, the Tortue watch was an immediate success and very quickly became one of Cartier’s most desirable models. With the boldness of its name and the creative design of its case inspired by a tortoise's shell, it fits naturally into the great tradition of Cartier shaped watches, alongside the Tonneau watch, the Baignoire watch and the Crash watch.

The new generation of the Tortue has moved on from the past to embrace new style ideas: the domed case of the original Tortue model has been replaced by the harmonised tension of flat, refined facets that emphasise its feminine elegance. It has nonetheless kept its classic features: Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands, dotted rail-track, guilloché dial, and bold curve of the dial.

La Tortue watch small model in white gold with diamonds comes in a white gold case set with diamonds totalling 0.7 carats. It is animated by the Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding 8970 MC, which powers the hours and minutes. The watch is fitted with a bracelet in alligator skin equipped with an adjustable folding clasp in white gold.


Montre Tortue petit modèle en or gris et diamants. © Cartier


The new interpretation of the Tortue watch is available in small and medium sizes, with versions in white, pink gold or set with diamonds. Daytime models are mounted on a leather strap; evening models with a total look of pink or white gold are enhanced by a sophisticated, flexible bracelet with flat links. (View slideshow on top of the page).