Back in the early 1900s, Cartier irrevocably changed the world of horology by introducing the Santos de Cartier (reference WSSA0013), the very first men's wristwatch. The house created and named it for Brazillian aviation legend Alberto Santos-Dumont, after the pilot complained about having to check a pocket watch while flying.
It was those great blue skies that Santos-Dumont often explored that inspired his namesake timepiece's latest update, over 100 years later: a metallic blue dégradé dial. As we've come to expect from Cartier, the new feature was created with precise attention to detail, by carefully spraying the azure hue onto the dial in motion—resulting in that mesmerizing gradient façade that changes with the angle.
To match the dial, the 2019 version of the Santos de Cartier boasts a choice between two bracelets: a steel version using Cartier's SmartLink adjustment system, and a navy blue calfskin strap with an adjustable steel folding buckle. These are easily interchangeable thanks to Cartier's QuickSwitch system.
The rest of the Santos de Cartier's new design remains as compelling as its original. There's the signature square case in stainless steel, atop which sits the polished raised bezel. At the side, you'll find the timepiece's iconic embellished, hexagonal crown.
With its impeccable design and striking blue dial, the Santos de Cartier certainly shapes up to be a timepiece that Santos-Dumont himself would have approved.
The Santos de Cartier timepiece, $9,450, is now available at Cartier stores.