Specifications
Collection Santos De Cartier
Series Santos 100
Case Size 35.6 mm
Case Shape Rectangular
Case Material Steel
Movement Automatic
Strap Material Leather
Dial Colour White
Gender Men
Water Resistance (M) 100
Glass Material Sapphire Crystal
Warranty Period 2 years
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Cartier Santos De Cartier Santos 100

Model No: W20106X8
MRP: ₹449,000

Own this watch at an EMI of ₹40,104

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History
In the 160 years since its creation, Cartier has made remarkable progress in the field of horology owing to its innovative ideas and masterful crafting. Revolutionary timepieces such as the legendary mystery clocks, carriage clocks, and oriental Art Deco jewellery watches, all owe their existence to the brand. The Santos was first made in 1904 by Louis Cartier himself for his dear friend and renowned aviator, Alberto Santos Dumont, in order to fulfil his desire for a timepiece that could be used when in flight. As the first wristwatch for men, the Santos was instrumental in promoting the replacement of pocket watches. The Santos 100 was launched by Cartier as a celebration of the line’s 100th anniversary.

Design
The Santos 100 model number W20106X8 is a midsized watch suitable for both men and women. Made of stainless steel, the case has dimensions of 44.2 x 35.6mm with a minimal thickness of 10.7mm. The steel crown is faceted with 7 sides and imbedded with Cartier’s trademark blue synthetic spinel. A silvered and opaline dial maintains continuity with the rest of the ensemble, while hourly markings made with traditional Roman numerals adds an element of subdued elegance. An interior tack provides smaller demarcations of time. The stainless steel fixed bezel boasts 8 exposed screws, a feature unique to the collection. Sapphire crystal glass protects the dial effectively from scratches. The alligator skin strap may be securely fastened to the wrist by means of a small-model triple folding steel buckle.

Features
Cartier’s calibre 076 powered mechanical movement of the watch, has an automatic winding system to ensure immaculate timekeeping. With three sword shaped hands, crafted of oxidised steel with luminescent filling, the watch provides hour, minute and second functions. You may enjoy water activities without the fear of damaging the watch, as it is water resistant to a depth of 100m.

History

Who knew a simple request by renowned aviator and friend, Alberto Santos Dumont, would bring Louis Cartier to design one of the first ever men’s wrist watches. When Alberto Dumont expressed what a bother it was to glance at a pocket watch while flying, Cartier took it upon him to come up with a solution, and designed a wristwatch unlike any other of its time. From then on, Alberto Santos Dumont wore his watch every time he took flight. He was renowned throughout Europe, and thus his Cartier watch became as famous as him. People began to get more and more curious about what he was wearing on his hand, and Cartier had the answer. This gave birth to the “Santos”, which fast became extremely popular with men all over the globe. Louis Cartier then went on to collaborate with movement maker Edmond Jaeger to mass-produce the Santos, which had the voyager’s name and went on sale officially in 1911, as the Santos de Cartier.


Features
In 1904, Louis Cartier designed the first ever men’s wrist watch with a square bezel, leather strap and a small buckle. At first, Cartier had only used precious metals and leather as the straps for the watches, but in 1978, he delivered a relatively lower-priced steel/gold watch, preceded by an all-steel watch. The plate bezel affixed with tiny screws became a lasting feature of the Santos de Cartier range of watches.The Cartier Santos watches are also water-resistant up to thirty metres.


Design
The Santos de Cartier watch is crafted in steel or gold, also featuring a graceful coupling of the two metals, with or without the embellishment of precious stones. Coming in a metal or leather skin strap, the timepiece rests easy and securely on your wrist. The case has a minimalist aesthetic integrated with rectangular rounded corners, evocative of its proud history, which called for a lithe and functional device. Most watches in this range have clearly readable white dials that have bold black Roman numerals and luminescent black oxidized-steel sword-shaped hands for enhanced visibility in low light conditions. Select models such as a few from the Santos Dumont line feature a stunning hawk motif- vivid in its imagery, rich in its use of precious metals and stones yet subtle enough to conform to the foremost ethos of the collection- practicality.

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Al Claudius
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The first time I set eyes on the Santos 100 was when I was reading up in the history of wrist watches. To its credit, the Cartier Santos 100 is the first practical wrist watch In history.
Louis Cartier designed this flat wristwatch on request from his Brazilian aviator friend Alberto Santos who found it hard to use a pocket watch when flying.
What I liked about the watch was its simplistic design. A flat square design (which I prefer in stainless steel) with a resin strap. Clear legible hour markers in Roman numerals.

To the touch, the watch is nice and smooth and you can feel the weight of it (which is quite appropriate) on your wrist. The good thing about the Santos 100 is it comes in both Large and Medium sizes so they don't look like a clock on narrow wrists. The Watch is engineered to near perfection with the curved corners on the square bezel improving visibility while your hands are busy.

They say you should dress up everyday, like you are going to meet your worst enemy. If I were to meet my enemy, am pretty sure I'd want this watch on my wrist.

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