Cartier Santos Dumont - Legendary Status in Horology

Mar 20, 2008
Cartier watches are based on unique timekeeping decisions introduced by the brand. The history of the brand has been marked by a great number of remarkable achievements, with the Santos Dumont wristwatch found among the most legendary ones.

At present day Cartier Santos watches are found among the most highly-demanded timepieces of the brand. Santos does not simply denote the name of a successful Cartier watch. If you are a fan of aviation, this name is surely familiar to you. Alberto Santos-Dumont was a prominent Brazilian aviation pioneer, a close friend of Louis Cartier. But the devoted friendship with the aviator was not the only reason Cartier decided to name his watch after Santos-Dumont.

In fact, it was the aviator who inspired Cartier for developing the first wristwatch for men. Often finding himself in the sky flying some kind of an aircraft, Santos-Dumont desperately needed a timekeeping device more comfortable than a usual at that time pocket watch. During his flights he needed to keep his hands at the controls - every time when he wanted to find out the time, he faced the inconvenience of taking his watch out of the pocket.

A wristwatch on a comfortable leather strap with a small buckle developed by Cartier in 1904 was just the thing the aviator needed. The novelty creation received the name Santos. The aviator was not only the first owner of the timepiece. He greatly contributed to fast setting of the fashion trend for wearing wristwatches by men. Until that time wristwatches invented by Patek Philippe were worn by fair sex representatives - they were perceived more as precious jewelry accessories than serious timekeeping devices.

The aviator's bright personality and style attracted everyone's attention. Such a distinctive attribute as a man's watch worn on the wrist could not miss public attention - other gentlemen followed Santos-Dumont's example.

At present day Cartier Santos watches are developed in accordance to the best traditions of initial Cartier Santos timepieces. The Cartier Men's Santos 100 XL Chronograph Watch is not only originally designed, it is also really useful providing the chronograph function. The timepiece is powered by a top quality automatic movement.

Cartier Santos watch features a stainless steel case presented on a black alligator-leather band fitted with Cartier's patented deployment-buckle folding clasp. The square-shaped case of the watch measures 38 mm in diameter. The over-sized eye-catching crown reflects the design of the original Cartier Santos watches. The crown is placed between two big push-buttons for setting the chronograph function.

The dial of the Cartier watch in silvered opaline shade features big Roman numerals. There are three round chronograph sub-dials to display seconds, minutes, and hours with stop/start functions at the flick of a button. The date display window is accurately placed between 4 and 5 o'clock. The timepiece provides 330-foot water-resistance.

The style of Cartier Men's Santos 100 XL Chronograph Watch makes it perfectly suitable for those men who prefer accessories of distinctive style and great functionality. The watch will equally match a strict business suit as well as some sportier outfit. The ever prestigious name of Cartier and Cartier timeless style places the Cartier Santos watch on the list of highly appreciated items that are also often presented as gifts for family members.

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