Cartier Santos Automatic Watches
In 1904, Louis Cartier was asked by his friend Alberto Santos Dumont, an early Brazilian aviation pioneer, to design a watch which he could be free to view during flights since he had a hard time reading his pocket watch while in the air, claiming it presented a dangerous distraction to his focus. In response, Cartier crafted the Santos watch which was one of the first wrist watches made for men. Although the wrist watch had been invented years before in 1868, Cartier is responsible for the proliferation in popularity of these watches, adding luxurious accessories such as stainless steel and 18K Gold Jewelry around a well crafted and reliable timepiece. The Santos watch from Cartier featured state-of-the-art automatic or quartz movement and went on sale in 1911 to the general public. Over the years Cartier has released several distinct models of the Santos watch including the Santos Galbee, the Santos Demoiselle, the Santos Dumont, and the 100th anniversary limited edition model brought out by Cartier; the Santos 100.
The Cartier Santos model has gone on to become known for their classic designs, with a bold and sporty look, featuring squared stainless steel or 18K Rose, White, or Yellow Gold bezel, a white or black Roman Numeral Dial, and brown or black leather with a stainless steel buckle. The designs of the Cartier Santos model are symmetrically shaped with influence from French art and style which graces the jewelry that adorns the timepiece imbuing the watch with a rich, classical look. The Cartier Santos collection is a perfect marriage of class with beautiful details such as stainless steel and 18K Gold Jewelry, precision holding adjustable hands along a white or black dial, and technical specifications as each watch is crafted with the legacy of Cartier Automatic or Quartz movement. The Cartier Santos watch model can grace all style outfits be it a formal suit or a designer jeans. With a stainless steel or 18K Gold bezel, and a white or black Roman Dial the Cartier Santos is a perfect mix of a contemporary and traditional style. Crafted with passion, the Cartier Santos collection presents a perfect assimilation of class, precision and technical specifications which watches from Cartier have become world renown.