FLY­ING HIGH

The clas­sic San­tos de Cartier re­turns with a mod­ern ex­pres­sion, while the new Révéla­tion d’une Pan­thère shines with an art­ful spec­ta­cle

Prestige Hong Kong - - SIHH -

CARTIER HAS mas­ter­minded ma­jor re­vivals.

Last year, the mai­son not only marked the 100th an­niver­sary of the Cartier Tank but also rein­tro­duced its Pan­thère de Cartier col­lec­tion. Fol­low­ing these is the up­dated San­tos de Cartier, now lighter, thin­ner and more stream­lined.

Named af­ter Brazil­ian avi­a­tion pi­o­neer Al­berto San­tos-Du­mont, the first San­tos was cre­ated by Louis Cartier in 1904 so that its name­sake owner could eas­ily check the time while fly­ing. It was the era of the pocket watch, which San­tos-Du­mont felt was too cum­ber­some for use in the air.

The new San­tos de Cartier is not just mod­ern but also con­ve­nient, with Quick­Switch straps that en­able ef­fort­less re­moval and re­place­ment at the sim­ple click of a but­ton. Ad­just­ment is easy, too, thanks to the pa­tent-pend­ing SmartLinks that use the same click-and-switch mech­a­nism.

The watches, avail­able in medium and large sizes in steel, gold or bi-colour, are driven by the au­to­matic cal­i­bre 1847 MC, an orig­i­nal an­ti­mag­netic move­ment made en­tirely in-house. A date dis­play is also of­fered on large sizes, as well as steel or pink-gold it­er­a­tions with skele­tonised di­als

CARTIER SAN­TOS DE CARTIER LARGE SKELE­TON WATCH IN STAIN­LESS STEEL (BE­LOW) AND SAN­TOS DE CARTIER MEDIUM IN PINK GOLD (RIGHT)

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