Cartier Cartier Tortue (Collection Priveé Cartier Paris) 2496D

Cartier Tortue (Collection Priveé Cartier Paris) 2496D

Brand: Cartier
Model: Tortue (Collection Priveé Cartier Paris)
Reference: 2496D
Gender: Uni-sex
Year: 2005
Material: yellow gold
Dial Color: Creme white
Dimensions: 34 * 43 mm
Watch Movement: Manual Wind Movement
Bracelet/Strap: new Cartier leather strap with golden Cartier folding buckle
Box/Paper: Handmade Leather Travel Pouch
Condition: Excellent

Look at the texture on that dial!! This is the large 34mm by 43mm Cartier Tortue made for the Collection Privée Cartier Paris from the early 2000s. What a stunning watch, it’s so refined!! This watch has just been serviced by Richemont/Cartier and comes with its original box and papers.


Collection Priveé Cartier Paris

Between 1998 and 2008 Cartier produced the "Collection Privée", a celebration of the famous maison's designs over the years. Cartier worked with Jaeger-LeCoultre, Frédéric Piguet, Piaget, Girard-Perregaux, APRP Renaud et Papi, and others to get – or create – the best movements available for these watches. The majority of the CPCP timepieces were released in slightly bigger cases than Cartier was known for to make them more masculine and wearable in the modern age, which at that time was dominated by larger case sizes. Beautiful details from the late 1920s came back to highlight the feel of the collection: the rosette in the middle of the dial, the word “Paris” underneath the brand name, and subtle engravings on the back all played their parts. These details were highly appreciated by collectors.

Some of these main design features were the refined shaped crystals (curved and or faceted) and the reissue of a vintage-style buckle, which was developed originally by Louis Cartier and Edmond Jaeger for the Santos Dumont in 1913.

Some of the CPCP models were released in limited editions of just 100 pieces, while other non-limited watches in runs of no more than 200 to 250 pieces. This is also one of the reasons why so few of these Collection Privée Cartier Paris models are seen today at auctions.

Read more about CPCP in the excellent article of George Cramer on Revolution.



The watch movement has just been serviced by Richemont. It is running very good and keeps time perfectly. The watch comes on a new original burgundy alligator-leather Cartier strap with an 18k yellow-gold Cartier deployment clasp.

The case of this particular Tortue design is beautiful. The shape of the Tortue case was created in 1912 and was actually Cartier’s third watch model (after Santos and tonneau). The silver Cartier Paris signed dial has a really nice guilloché pattern that looks like a rose with an inner minute rail track. The dial has is completed with its blue steel, moon style Breguet hands. And the watch has a really nice finished movement (Cartier calibre 437MC) made by Piaget visible through a sapphire glass display case back. The watch case is strapped on a Cartier leather bracelet with a 18kt golden Cartier signed folding clasp.

Overall, the exceptional finishing of the Cartier Tortue CPCP is noteworthy, both for its design and execution.

As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month warranty with ourselves that will be invoked from the day of purchase.

Viewings can be arranged at our office by appointment.

  • Brand: Cartier
  • Model: Tortue
  • Serial number: 0400 MG
  • Reference: 2496D,
  • Year: Circa 2005/6
  • Case: tonneau-shaped case with extended lugs, glazed display back secured by eight screws, sapphire-set crown
  • Dimensions: 34*43 mm diameter;
  • Crystal: Plexiglass
  • Dial: silvered guilloché dial, Roman numerals, secret signature at VII, blued steel moon-style hands
  • Caliber: automatic-winding caliber Cal. 437 MC mechanical movement, 18 jewels
  • Bracelet/Strap: Cartier signed leather bracelet with 18k golden Cartier signed folding deployment clasp
  • Box/Papers: comes with box and papers (owner card removed by former owner)


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