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