Cartier Santos-Dumont – A New Entry-level Santos with Quartz Movement
Cartier introduced a new yet related line, the Santos-Dumont at SIHH 2019, following the revamp of the Santos collection. The Cartier Santos-Dumont is an exquisite illustration of the brand’s exclusive design language.
The model is thin, classically sized and comes only on a leather strap. Interestingly, Cartier fitted the Santos-Dumont with a quartz movement, thereby offering it at a price not usual to the Santos family.
A Perfect Watch for High Flyers
Cartier developed the Santos-Dumont watch originally in 1904. The watch was created to pay homage to the famous aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont.
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Santos-Dumont’s wrist-mounted position enabled him to measure time easily during the flight.
However, the watch’s exclusive features, including the square dial, noticeable screws along with its distilled design are known to reflect three essential principles of Santos Dumont that ushered him to conquer the skies.
Alberto Santos-Dumont’s three fundamental principles – Freedom, Pure Lines and Innovation.
Revamp of the Santos-Dumont
In 2019, Cartier released the latest Santos-Dumont model adding a few contemporary features but kept it pure to the elegance of the original.
Featuring a classic underrated design, the new model comes on an alligator strap and with a Roman numeral dial. Other features include a blue cabochon with visible screws and a beaded winding crown.
The Cartier Santos-Dumont is available in steel, bi-tone and 18ct rose gold. However, the unaltered square-shaped design makes the watch look elegant and dressy, fitting perfectly with a suit as well as a casual outfit.
The Cartier Santos-Dumont models come in two sizes – a more massive 31.4mm and a smaller 27.5mm version.
What Makes the Santos-Dumont Affordable?
A more noteworthy feature in the new Cartier Santos-Dumont model is its quartz movement. The watch comes with a ‘high-autonomy’ customised quartz movement with six years of battery life. Interestingly, it is twice as long as any traditional movements.
However, the brand remodified and resized the movement for reducing the consumption of energy and coupled with a high-performance battery. Now:
The quartz movement brings down the price of Santos-Dumont 27.5mm to about £2, 841 and nearly £3,037 for the 31.4mm versions.
The quartz may be a no-go for many individuals. However, for those who are looking for a simple, easy-to-wear affordable watch, quartz can make sense.
If the classic aesthetic of Cartier suits your style, this new Santos-Dumont will feel like a perfect Cartier on your wrist.
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