Patek Philippe, a renowned Swiss watchmaker, boasts a history that stretches back to 1839. It has forged itself as a symbol of luxury within watchmaking.
Cartier has always been synonymous with luxury, elegance, and exceptional craftsmanship. Since the brand’s inception in 1847 they have time and again captured the essence of aviation history, with the Santos collection long revered as the world’s first pilot’s watch. Over 100 years on from it’s first iteration, the Cartier Santos retains the essence of its predecessor while exuding modern charm.
Originally created in 1904 by Louis Cartier, the Santos watch was designed for Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, one of the pioneers of modern aviation. Santos-Dumont required a timepiece that allowed him to keep track of time during his adventurous flights and thus, the Cartier Santos was born. Since then Cartier have improved both the cosmetics and the functionality of this signature style, merging cutting-edge technology with an elegant aesthetic.
Cartier introduced the Santos 100 in 2004 to mark the 100th anniversary of it’s first appearance, and during its thirteen-year production it evolved into a fully-fledged collection. Of all the iterations Cartier have released during it’s lifespan, the Santos-Dumont Skeleton watch boast the biggest facelift.
The dial of the Cartier Santos has always been a testament to Cartier’s attention to detail, but the Santos-Dumont revamps the dial altogether. The Santos-Dumont Skeleton watch showcases the art of skeletonization, where the movement of the watch is intricately exposed by removing excess material from the dial and movement bridges. This creates a mesmerizing and transparent design, allowing the wearer to admire the inner workings of the watch.
The dial of the Santos-Dumont Skeleton features black Roman numerals and blued steel sword-shaped hands, providing a classic and timeless aesthetic. It is protected by a sapphire crystal, known for its scratch-resistant properties. It
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