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The Santos watch by Cartier. Flying forward 118 years, the iconic square Cartier Santos-Dumont returns with lacquered flourishes on the case and bezel, resulting in a trilogy of watches that many of us consider the best Cartier Replica Swiss Movement collection.
The original watch was characterised by its square bezel with visible screws, a radical departure from the round faces found on pocket watches of the era. Although wristwatches existed, they were strictly a feminine accessory. Not only was Louis Cartier’s watch the precursor of the gent’s wristwatch, but the fact that a pilot wore it also earned it the title of the world’s first pilot watch.
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It’s also worth remembering that Santos-Dumont Replica Watches For Sale daredevil flying feats made him a very popular figure in the day, and his dapper dress sense – combining Panama hats with linen suits, wing collars and trousers with large turn-ups – became all the rage in Paris, the epitome of a stylish man of action.
The Santos took off again in the 1970s when it was revisited in a bracelet piece with screws on the bezel and bracelet.Released again in 2020, the Santos-Dumont XL was closer in spirit to the historic 1904 model and fitted with an ultra-thin mechanical movement. A winning series of limited-edition watches was also dedicated to Santos-Dumont’s flying machines.
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Characterised by sleek geometric lines and influenced by Cubism, Art Deco coincided with the advent of large-scale manufacturing and sought to imbue beauty in mass-produced products. With Cartier Replica Watches Online its pragmatic square shape and exposed screws, Louis Cartier’s design picks up on this aesthetic and marries functionality with a sleek, streamlined style.
Presented in rose gold, steel and platinum, the cases measure 43.5mm x 31.5mm with an ultra-slim profile of 7.3mm. Described by the brand as a ‘Large’ size, the watch is more on the petite side for masculine wrists and shares dimensions with the 2020 limited editions.The rose gold model caught our eye with a creamy beige-coloured lacquer on the bezel and lugs.
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Instead of lacquering the whole case, it is applied to the recesses engraved into the bezel and lugs and then polished by hand to create a smooth surface. The beauty of the lacquer is that it does not extend over the edges of the case and respects the rounded gold borders that give the case its signature silhouette. Adding brilliance and depth to the watch, the translucent lacquer adds a stylish touch to the Santos-Dumont.
The stainless steel model with sleek black lacquered touches and a black dial is very much a black-tie Cartier Replica Watches For Discount. Although the idea of a burgundy-coloured watch might sound odd, the platinum model with the burgundy lacquer and a white dial works really well.
Beneath the sealed caseback with Santos-Dumont’s signature is the calibre 430 MC, a Cartier-branded version of Piaget’s ultra-thin, manual-winding 430P calibre for the hours and minutes. With a height of just 2.15mm, the movement runs at a frequency of 21,600vph/3Hz and has a relatively short power reserve of 38 hours.