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Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir YG CPCP Early 2000's

Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir YG CPCP Early 2000's

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Maker: Cartier

Model: Tortue Monopoussoir from the Collection Privee Cartier Paris (CPCP) in Yellow Gold

Reference: 2356

Year: Early 2000's

Dial: Original white guilloche dial with painted Arabic numerals, circular minute track, and blued steel Breguet hands.

Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold with crown set with blue sapphire cabochon

Case Dimensions: 35mm width x43mm length, thickness 10mm

Caliber: Manual wind caliber 045MC

Service history:  Complete servicing by Cartier in early 2015

Bracelet/Strap: Jean Rousseau Paris with original 18k gold deployant buckle. Comes with original brown leather Cartier strap as well

Lug Width: 18mm

Box/Papers: No box and original papers. Comes with Cartier service papers and pouch. Also comes with guarantee papers from Best Ishida Shinjuku in Tokyo, which is the retailer that the previous owner acquired this piece from.


This is the highly sought after CPCP (Cartier Paris Collection Privee) Tortue Monopoussoir in yellow gold. This particular reference was inspired by the vintage Tortue Monopoussoir from 1928.

This is the large model Tortue MP. There were three different dial variations of the modern reinterpretation of the (large) Tortue MP. The first, being sold here, is the ref 2356 which was produced in yellow gold and had a circular dial pattern, similar to the original vintage reference. The second was the ref 2396 offered in white gold. This variation also had a circular design but unlinke the YG, had no Roman numerals except at the 12 o'clock. The third and final variation was the ref 2714, offered in both yellow gold and white gold. This reference did not have the circular design and the Roman numerals extended to the edge of the dial. All three of these references employed the legendary Calibre 045MC that was produced by THA Èbauche. THA was a collaborative movement manufacture by Vianney Halter, Denis Flageollet (founder of De Bethune), and François-Paul Journe, before their respective brands became household names.

The combination of the design of this piece and the unique story behind the Calibre 045MC made by three of the most respected independent watchmakers today makes this Cartier a truly special watch that holds a place in horological history. An interview by Phillips with Denis Flageollet about the movement can be found here

Originally purchased in Japan, this piece is in excellent condition.  The hallmarks and numbers on the caseback are crisp. It comes with its original yellow gold deployant buckle and a custom made Jean Rousseau Paris leather strap used by the previous owner. It also comes with the original Cartier leather strap. The watch underwent a complete movement servicing by Cartier in December 2014 (delivered in early 2015) and the watch comes accompanied by the service papers as well as the Cartier pouch that came with the papers. It also includes the guarantee papers from Best Ishida Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan which is  the retailer where the previous owner purchased this piece. The watch is currently running excellent time at +10.3 seconds/day in the upright position. The monopusher chronograph is also working flawlessly.

Ships from Japan.

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