Cartier Santos Watches
Cartier Santos came in the spotlight in 1904 when Louis Cartier designed the groundbreaking timepiece for his good friend, the Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos Dumont. The objective was to make a pilot watch to assist Santos Dumont during his flights. Finally, in 1911, the Santos was cleared for mass production in collaboration with Jaeger LeCoultre. The initial models showcased a Jaeger movement and were presented in Cartier boutiques at select locations across the world. The watch signified modernism and at the same time retained adequate wrist appeal.
Today, the Cartier Santos collection symbolizes the age-old art and tradition of watchmaking. Until 2017, the watch family was available under the Santos 100 collection. This included the Santos Skeleton, the Santos Dumont and Santos Galbee. Features such as the eight screw-ins on the bezel, Roman numerals as time markers, bimetal case materials in combinations of stainless steel, rose gold, and yellow gold, sapphire studded crowns, and the 1847 MC automatic movement, are now integral to the timepiece’s identity. In 2018, Cartier discontinued the Santos 100 and launched the new Santos Dumont in 12 new models at the SIHH. Advanced attributes like the SmartLink and QuickSwitch have also been added to the collection in recent years. Latest additions to the collection are:
- Cartier Santos Skeleton Noctambule
- Cartier Santos Chronograph
- Cartier Santos Gradient Blue
- Cartier Santos Dumont Quartz (6 years battery life)