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Cartier Libre Collection: Baignoire Turtle Watch & Tortue Snake Watch

Every year, the Libre collection explores Cartier’s repertoire of signature-shaped watches. A candid look that revisits and shakes up codes, revealing the wealth of inspiration found in Cartier’s watchmaking repertoire of shapes through unique creations.

For this third opus of the Cartier Libre collection, the Studio designers have chosen to combine signature shapes from the Cartier watchmaking repertoire with iconic animals from the Maison’s menagerie. Baignoire/Tortue, Tortue/Serpent: a duo of precious watches is thus born, unexpected and enhanced encounters are interpreted though extravagant and highly jewelled creations.

Cartier Libre Baignoire Turtle Watch

Cartier Libre has taken the aesthetic heritage of the Baignoire released in 2019 and revisits the entire dial to give it a new identity. A Baignoire watch that takes inspiration from a tortoise, a signature Cartier creation that frees itself from formal wisdom in order to transform. Using materials that evoke a shell, Cartier contrasts the smoothness of buff-top stones with the graininess of diamond paving to reveal an animal: a tortoise.

A dial with random diamond paving, playful anthracite and black lines, a geometric composition with a scale motif, a case lined with a stripe of buff-top tsavorites, buff-topped sapphires inside the dial and on the corners of three central hexagons – the watch displays its aptitude for transformation. A limited edition of 30 individually numbered watches.

Technical details

32.39 x 25.47 mm, thickness: 7.57 mm
18K rhodium-finish white gold
Case, dial and buckle set with 171 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.74 ct),
18 sapphires and 24 tsavorites
Navy blue alligator leather strap
Numbered limited edition of 30 pieces
Quartz Movement

Cartier Libre Tortue Snake Watch

Created in 1912, the Tortue watch is the result of intense research on pared-down simplicity. A fixed idea at Cartier that gives rise to this model with its unique shape and a case constructed around two large curves.

This new Cartier Libre edition brings this watchmaking classic to life with a refreshing change of scenery. Adorned here with scale motifs, ringed curves that glide along a light background of bluish or light grey shades. Represented through a multitude of details and playful materials, the serpent is both present and subtly suggested.

Black or coral-coloured enamel, mother-of-pearl with water tones, all brightened by drops of polished gold and closed-set diamonds on the case and the winding crown. A limited edition of 30 individually numbered watches.

Technical details

Case, dial and straps
31 x 39 mm, thickness: 6.73 mm
18K rhodium-finish white gold
Case, dial and buckle set with 130 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.72 ct) and blue and white mother-of-pearl
Black alligator leather strap
Numbered limited edition of 30 pieces

Movement
Manufacture Mechanical Movement with Manual Winding 430 MC
Encasing diameter: 9 lines
Total dimension: 20.5 mm
Thickness: 2.15 mm
Number of jewels: 18
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour
Power reserve: 38 hours

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