In the year of 1906 Alberto Santos-Dumont, Brazilian aviation pioneer, expressed his problem with the pocket watch he was expected to rely upon, whilst flying his fixed wing aircraft through the skies. The complaint was made to Louis Cartier who envisaged the answer to his problems – a sophisticated, highly legible dial which secured to the wrist with a black strap and a small buckle. The innovation would eradicate the complications encountered by the pilot and many others in his situation - the rummaging around in his shirt or jacket, searching for his pocket watch, whilst wasting valuable time that could be spent on making important split-second decisions.
The Santo de Cartier watch remedied the concerns and insufficiencies experienced with the pocket watch, and were the first innovation by Cartier to really popularise the wristwatch for men. Santos de Cartier watches are a supreme, highly refined wristwatch for pioneers of the sky, but they also answer the everyday needs of the modern man. By combining an iconic square shaped case with a reliable self winding movement, the Santos de Cartier watch is a versatile breed from the famous French watchmakers, and is certainly a design with huge wrist presence.
Santos de Cartier watches communicate the time with bold Roman numeral hour markers. Their square-shaped silver flinque and black flinque dials with softened bezel edges, welcome a set of sword shaped central hands coated with Super-LumiNova technology, to provide the gentleman with a watch face that becomes easily readable throughout the day and the night. Santos d Cartier watches are also fitted with a 7 sided crown, adorned with a breath taking synthetic spinel. The crowns used for Cartier watches have become the talking point for so many of their designs, each collection having their own distinct variation.
Our stunning Santos de Cartier collection comprises of two variations. Santos de Cartier 100 watches bring an ergonomic design to the wrists of those who enjoy something a little different. Their eye-catching dials are surrounded by an industrial-inspired bezel with exposed screws. One of our favourite designs from our Santos de Cartier watch collection is the black ADLC coated stainless steel case version, with 7 faceted crown integrated into its side. Sword shaped black oxidised central hands which have received a luminous coating, interact with a red coated second hand, adding a splash of colour into the dial. Santos de Cartier 100 watches are also powered via the high performance self winding 1904-MC movement which provides an impressive power reserve and oscillates at a high frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Santos de Cartier Galbee watches offers something a little more elegant and sophisticated on the wrist, the designs of these Cartier watches for ladies, feature blue steeled central hands carved into the famous sword shape and the classic black Roman numeral hour indexes around the edge of the dial. Some Santos de Cartier watches showcase an exquisite 18t yellow gold bezel, to add a touch of glamour to the timepiece. These wristwatches are powered via a reliable quartz movement and are of course, fitted with a strong sapphire crystal glass front.