AS­PI­RA­TION/ IN­SPI­RA­TION/ IN­NO­VA­TION

The new name is not the cool part. What is: The re­boot ver­sion has ad­justable and in­ter­change­able straps.

Herworld (Singapore) - - HW MAY 2018 -

Cartier’s San­tos gets a re­boot; Hera’s Black Cush­ion is the most wanted here; Lon­don­based Se­cret Stu­dio Lab re­de­fines the the­atre ex­pe­ri­ence; and Merci Mar­cel adds French gourmet pro­duce and fash­ion to so­cial din­ing.

Ev­ery­thing that you like the San­tos for is still here: the sporty ele­gance, and the square face and bezel. Now, it has a longer new name and two other things that go be­yond good looks: ver­sa­til­ity and prac­ti­cal­ity.

To be ver­sa­tile, it has to be able to look dif­fer­ent at the drop of a hat. That’s why, when you buy any of the four San­tos de Cartiers – steel, yel­low gold and steel, yel­low gold, or pink gold – the price in­cludes an­other strap, in leather (choose calf­skin or al­li­ga­tor).

To be prac­ti­cal, it needs to look dif­fer­ent eas­ily. That’s why it has two mech­a­nisms to help you make that tran­si­tion as con­ve­niently as pos­si­ble: Quick­switch is for strap changes – at the back of the watch is a con­cealed but­ton (find it by feel­ing for it) to re­lease the strap; and Smartlink is for short­en­ing the links on the me­tal strap – at the back of each link is a but­ton; push it to re­move the link, or to reat­tach.

Each model comes in M and L sizes (the lat­ter has a date win­dow); $8,600$51,500.

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