Alberto Santos-Dumont is a pioneer in aviation. He risked his life during countless test flights and not only he designed more than twenty machines but also presented many patents so in short, he was a Genius. In 1904, he ordered a wristwatch from Louis Cartier with the goal in mind to read the time during his flights.
The result is a timeless/iconic timepiece : The Santos-Dumont wristwatch

The square dial, visible screws, roman numerals… It’s amazing to think that this design was created more than 100 years ago and still today, it remains Modern & Elegant. Everything you expect from a Cartier.

During the SIHH 2019, The Maison Horlogère launched this superb bi-colour version and it’s my favourite.

I like the fact that the screws are in gold on the bracelet and in steel for the bezel. It’s coherent and pleasant visually. The shape of the bridges is interesting because some represent roman numerals. A nice « touch » knowing that the original 1904 creation has roman numerals on its dial.

The case ergonomics is very well done. Our side picture show how well produced the case is and the timepiece in general. The skeleton dial is an invitation to discover the movement and the finishing of the bridges is lovely. It makes sense to have a manual winding calibre because a rotor (micro or standard) takes some space and for skeleton piece the idea is to have as much apertures and light as possible.

Wonderful variation.

Description :

Calibre 9611 MC
Manual winding
Power reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 28’800 vph
Jewels: 20
Components: 138


Dimensions : 39,80 x 47,50 mm

Material: Yellow Gold + Steel
Water resistance : 100 meters