An extremely rare, charismatic and historically important white gold limited-edition tourbillon wristwatch of the famous brand Cartier, founded in 1847. Limited edition launched in 1998. Case made of 18k white gold, diameter 38mm, 11mm thick, Cartier white gold crown cap with blue sapphire cabochon, solid-gold caseback with logo, reference and model serial number engraved, and small sapphire crystal opening a view on the tourbillon. Open-worked dial with peripheral chapter ring with engraved minute markings and Arabic numerals filled with black lacquer, blued steel sword-shaped hour and minute hands. Caliber 492 МС, hand-wound, power reserve up to 48 hours, dial side decorated with ‘lotus’ guilloché pattern, barleycorn guilloché and inscriptions engraved on a winding barrel, central bridge as double-C Cartier logo in 18k rose gold. Functions – indication of time in hours and minutes, tourbillon. Cartier dark brown leather strap, Cartier 18k white gold double folding clasp. Limited edition of 10 pieces.
The Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon Ref. 2406 is one of the earliest timepieces of the famous and highly collectible Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP). The CPCP collection was introduced by the brand in 1998, the same year the present model was launched, and lasted until 2008. It consisted of watches based on historic Cartier designs, but employed modern technologies including a sapphire crystal, waterproofness and shock-resistance. The watches were equipped with modern mechanical movements – hand-wound, or, in some models, self-winding – supplied by companies such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Frédéric Piguet, Gérald Genta or Girard-Perregaux. The watches in the CPCP collection were available in very limited numbers, usually produced in small batches of 200 to 250 pieces, and are currently of undoubted interest to collectors.
The present watch belongs to the first limited edition CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon of 10 examples produced in 1998, bearing number 02/10.
The CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon is much rarer – according to the information we have, the limited-edition releases of this model never exceeded 25 pieces. Moreover, two editions, the initial (this lot) and the final (Ref. 2709 in platinum), were limited to 10 pieces. In total, our study shows the release of seven limited editions of the CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon of various designs. Three limited editions feature the charismatic double-C Cartier logo, two successive models carry a small grille, one model has a full grille dial, and the final reference 2709, the only platinum release among the 18k gold models, carries a larger grille with the numbers 9 and 3 nested in it. By using those designs, Cartier has preserved Pasha’s historical DNA by retaining the large peculiar-shaped Arabic numerals on the dial. In principle, according to our research, all CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon models are the only ones of the Pasha de Cartier collection with large Arabic numerals 9 and 3 on the dial. Neither before nor after them did Pasha de Cartier have such a feature. Therefore, the ‘93’ dial design is unique to the CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon wristwatches.
The present watch belongs to the first limited edition CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon of 10 examples produced in 1998, bearing number 02/10. It is distinguished by a white gold case, a white guilloche-decorated movement and a prominent central bridge shaped as the double-C Cartier logo in 18k rose gold, giving the watch its distinctive look. The crown is protected by a screw-on cap on a chain and with a sapphire cabochon, a trademark of Pasha de Cartier design, according to legend, since 1943. The caliber 492 MC is a heavily modified version of the Girard-Perregaux famous ‘Three Gold Bridges’ tourbillon GP9000 movement. In our opinion, this is one of the most beautiful tourbillons to appear in the Cartier collection, while the logomania design certainly adds to the charisma of the watch.
Reasons to bid
The present lot belongs to the exclusive small series of Pasha tourbillon watches, powered by a Girard-Perregaux movement personalised by (or for) Cartier. The CPCP Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon design is a free interpretation of the famous idea of the ‘Three Gold Bridges’ tourbillon, produced entirely in the spirit of Cartier. The distinctive linear layout of Girard-Perregaux’s caliber is even more clearly highlighted due to the double-C logo bridge and open-worked dial. Therefore, the Cartier Collection Privée Cartier Paris Pasha de Cartier Tourbillon Ref. 2406 watch would appear to be an extremely attractive purchase for the collector who wishes to obtain an impressive and historically important tourbillon wristwatch from the legendary Collection Privée Cartier Paris collection. The ability to create watches of attractive and distinctive designs is one of Cartier’s strengths, and the present watch is a clear confirmation of this power. This is a classic collectible, especially since the production of this reference has been discontinued, and the number of pieces produced was extremely small, undoubtedly adding to the attractiveness of the present lot.