A 100th anniversary surprise
Cartier Tonneau and Cartier Tonneau XL
In order to celebrate the centennial birthday of the Cartier Tonneau, the luxurious watch manufacturer enriched the collection with a new model: the Cartier Tonneau XL. The Cartier Tonneau XL better adapts to the spirit of the times with a larger case and a wider strap. A particular model that is highly sought after is the Cartier Tonneau XL Two Time Zone (Ref. W1547851).
The unique shape of the Cartier Tonneau simply turns heads and can be instantly recognised by watch aficionados. The Tonneau is not a timepiece that is currently listed among the Cartier selection, but the demand for earlier Tonneau watches is ever increasing on the second-hand market. An interesting alternative to the Cartier Tonneau, however, is the Cartier Tortue.
The Tonneau was originally created for men but over the course of a century, Cartier has presented a wide range of Tonneau women's watches. They vary in size, materials, and styles, but the one element that remains constant between all Tonneau women's timepieces is the unique shape of the watch case along with the distinct Roman numerals that adorn the watch dial.
More often than not, yellow gold, white gold, or diamonds decorate the case and the bezel of the watches. The watch bracelets are always comprised of high-grade leather or gold. The size of the Tonneau dial also varies in order to ensure the highest level of wearing comfort for each individual wrist.