Santos Skeleton watch, large model, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding caliber 9619 MC. 18K pink gold case, heptagonal 18K pink gold crown set with a faceted sapphire, gold-finish sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal and case back. Two alligator skin and calfskin bracelets with the “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system, double adjustable folding buckle in 18K pink gold. Hours and minutes with skeletonized bridges forming Roman numerals. Individually numbered movement consisting of 138 parts including 20 jewels. Movement dimensions: 28 mm x 28 mm, movement thickness: 3.97 mm, balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 72 hours. 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.