Santos watch, large model, mechanical movement with automatic winding, 1847 MC. Case in 18K yellow gold, seven-sided crown in 18K yellow gold set with a faceted sapphire, silvered opaline dial, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal. 18K yellow gold bracelet with “SmartLink” resizing system. Second bracelet in alligator skin, with double adjustable folding buckle in 18K yellow gold. The two bracelets are equipped with the “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system. Case width: 39.8 mm, thickness: 9.08 mm. Water-resistant to 10 bar (approx. 100 meters).
1904, Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell time while flying. The birth of one of the first ever wristwatches sealed the bonds of friendship between these two pioneers. The rounded angles of the dial, the seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations.