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The Santos de Cartier. The first men’s wristwatch, the first Pilot’s watch. The name speaks volumes of luxury. This model was brought to life in 1904 for the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont. Over a century of uninterrupted iconic design later, it has arguably become more relevant than ever before. Distinctive with its angular façade and visible screws, the modern Santos series pivots between the Santos de Cartier and Santos-Dumont de Cartier.

The current Santos de Cartier stays true to the original, as brought to life by the Santos-Galbee in the 1970s. While the Santos-Dumont collection, previously only available in precious metals, creates an avenue of style from the original model made by Louis Cartier himself. The sportier Santos is delivered with quick-change straps, while the Santos-Dumont is the epitome of modern elegance.

The Modern-Day Santos de Cartier Collection

The current Santos collection is embodied by the Santos de Cartier and the Santos-Dumont collections. Both collections are delivered in steel and precious metals, while the Santos carries Cartier’s clever quick change strap system allowing the user to switch between metal bracelets and straps with ease; every bracelet model comes with a strap and clasp as standard. The Santos-Dumont XL model is perhaps the closes modern day equivalent to the original Santos as it carries a mechanical hand wound calibre.

Santos de Cartier Ladies Watches

As with almost all Cartier designs the medium to larger models are very much unisex whilst the small models tend to lean towards a more feminine wrist. The Santos begins with a medium size, not too large but very on trend while the Santos-Dumont delivers the smaller case size on a leather strap that still distinctly carries the Santos DNA.

Santos De Cartier and Santo-Dumont at New Cavendish

Whether you are looking for Santos De Cartier or another collection of Cartier watches on finance, you can find them all at New Cavendish Jewellers, we are an authorised retail partner for Cartier watches. Our range of luxury watches on finance is available to view online or in store, feel free to contact us with any enquiries or book an appointment at our London showroom on Marylebone High Street.
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