Google ‘world’s first wristwatch’ and relying on which web page you land on, you’ll learn not less than three totally different tales from three distinct manufacturers claiming that theirs was certainly the primary. And whereas there’s no solution to confirm which has the extra correct story, nobody can argue that the Santos de Cartier is probably the most enduring of all of them since its creation again in 1904. A real icon in its personal proper, it was created specifically for famed Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, who advised Louis Cartier he wanted a greater solution to inform time whereas he was in flight.
The relaxation, as they are saying, is historical past, and stroll into any Cartier boutique at present and also you’ll discover two strains of the Santos watch that’s nonetheless in manufacturing. The first, the Santos-Dumont, has a set of watches which are comparable in design to the one the Brazilian aviator wore, whereas the Santos 100 is the thicker, sportier mannequin that comes with uncovered screws.
As for myself, I’ve at all times been a fan of the Santos 100, and having it tried it greater than as soon as, I’m nonetheless drawn to its geometric form accented with uncovered screws. One of these uncommon items that gained’t look misplaced in your wrist whether or not you’re dressed up or down, the Santo 100 now is available in number of finishes, from full metal case and bezel, to a different in full metal adorned with a 18Ok yellow gold bezel. Then there’s the newest iteration, the Santos 100 in all-black ADLC that’s proven above.
And if you wish to know the one I’ve set my coronary heart one, it’s this, the Santos 100 metal that makes my coronary heart beat ever so rapidly at any time when I lay eyes on it. An exquisite beast of a timepiece, I’ll simply must cough out the SGD9600 wanted to carry this child residence and put on for a protracted, very long time. After all, if has been round for 113 years, this true icon could have no drawback being related (and wanted) for 100 extra.