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The San­tos de Cartier wrist­watch made his­tory when it first ap­peared more than 100 years ago in 1904. French jew­eller Louis Cartier’s de­sign was a gift for his friend Al­berto San­tosDu­mont, the Brazil­ian pi­o­neer avi­a­tor who had men­tioned the dif­fi­culty of car­ry­ing a pocket watch while fly­ing. The new timepiece, with its square bezel, dial with Ro­man nu­mer­als, leather strap, and buckle, was named in his hon­our. Parisian men soon fol­lowed his lead (only women wore watches on their wrists at that time) and so the world’s first men’s wrist­watch was born. Cartier has since up­dated the de­sign with dif­fer­ent ver­sions in the San­tos de Cartier col­lec­tion.

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