The Cartier Santos 100 continues in the tradition of one of the first-ever pilot's wristwatches. With its striking size of 41 x 51 mm, this square wristwatch is certainly a statement piece. It has a distinctive design with eight screws on its bezel.
- Dimensions: 41 x 51 mm
- New edition in honor of the Cartier Santos's 100th anniversary
- Classic dials with Roman numerals
- Models with black-coated stainless steel cases
- Models with skeletonized movements
Cartier Santos 100: Celebrating 100 Years
The Cartier Santos 100 is a celebration of over 100 years of history. Cartier
presented this new edition of the Santos
in 2004, exactly 100 years after the first generation of the watch went down in watchmaking history. The Santos was the first pilot's wristwatch worldwide. The new 100 model stands out due to its size; it measures 41 x 51 mm, making it a trendy, larger watch
. It also features eight distinctive screws on its bezel and Roman numeral
hour markers, a combination of classic and modern design elements.
Cartier designed the square Santos for the Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, a vibrant personality in the beginning of the 20th century. He stunned Parisians with his aircraft. Pocket watches were still the norm at the time, and as a pilot, Dumont found them very impractical. In order to read the time while in the aircraft, he always had to take his hand off the steering wheel. Therefore, he desired a wristwatch that he could wear while flying. Cartier made his dream come true with the Santos in 1904. Two years later, Dumont wore the watch during the first official public motorized flight.
The luxury manufacturer Cartier is most well known for jewelry. After founding a Parisian jewelry store in 1847, the focal point of the business became selling jewels, rings, necklaces, and other jewelry. The first watches were added to the collection around ten years later. Over the years, the family business expanded its watch selection and even developed into a watchmaking pioneer
. Cartier designed unique case shapes for the Tank
(square), the Baignoire (oval), and the Crash, which has a shape reminiscent of the melting clocks in Salvador Dali's artwork.
Are you searching for an iconic, square pilot's watch? Do you think most vintage watches are too small for your tastes? You've found the right watch in the Cartier Santos 100. It's one of the largest of its kind, measuring in at 41 x 51 mm. On your wrist, it has the effect of a round watch with a 42-mm diameter. A pre-owned model in good or very good condition costs around 2,500 euros. New models cost around 4,000 euros. If you want a version with a chronograph function, then the Santos 100 Chronograph is a good choice; pre-owned, it costs around 4,500 euros.
The standard size for the Santos is about 45 x 35 mm. A pre-owned yellow gold version costs around 2,900 euros. New, it costs almost 10,000 euros.
The Santos and the Santos 100 are also available as women's watches. These versions are slightly smaller than the men's watches, and some feature diamond-set bezels and leather straps in more traditionally feminine colors. Stainless steel models sized 44 x 36 mm cost around 3,500 pre-owned. New, they cost about 1,000 euros more. New versions with a solid gold bezel cost around 6,300 euros; pre-owned, they cost around 4,300 euros.
The Cartier Santos 100 Carbon: Clad in Black
The Cartier Santos 100 Carbon is a state-of-the-art watch. It has a black-coated steel case
, making the watch reminiscent of jet planes like the Lockheed SR-71, better known as "Blackbird." This strategic reconnaissance aircraft was used by the US Air Force between 1966 and 1998. With a maximum speed of over 3,500 km/h (2,174 mph), it was one of the fastest planes that could start and land on its own. The Swiss manufacturer Breitling
offers a model in their Avenger collection
, which also has a black-coated case.
The Santos 100's black ADLC coating is amorphous diamond-like carbon. Therefore, it shares some characteristics with the gem: its coating is especially hard as well as scratch and shock resistant. It has a metallic black look. The crown is polygonal and has a synthetic, faceted spinel. The dial is black and Roman numerals serve as hour markers. The central seconds hand is red, which makes it stand out against the otherwise black and white design. The steel baton hands are coated with a luminous material, and sapphire glass protects the hands and dial from outside influences. A triple folding clasp keeps the calf-leather strap securely on your wrist.
The in-house caliber 1847 MC powers the Cartier Santos 100. It's named after the founding year of the company, 1847. The automatic movement has a power reserve of 42 hours, a balance frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h), and a balance stop, which allows you to set the watch to the exact second. Thanks to the fast barrel, the watch runs evenly and precisely. The rotor winds the mainspring bidirectionally.
- Black case with a diamond-like coating
- Very hard, scratch and shock resistant
- Precise in-house caliber 1847 MC
Santos 100 Skeleton: An Open View
One highlight of the Santos 100 collection is the skeletonized model. Cartier forwent a classic dial on this timepiece, instead using the movement's bridges to form large Roman numerals as hour markers.
The case of the skeletonized Santos 100 is made of palladium 950. The crown is set with a faceted sapphire, and the baton hands are made of blued steel. A black alligator leather strap with an 18-karat white gold buckle keeps the watch on your wrist.
The skeletonized Santos 100 is powered by the in-house manual movement 9611 MC. The caliber has a power reserve of 72 hours, which is equal to three days. The movement is individually numbered and made of 138 pieces. It is visible from both sides of the watch through clear sapphire glass.
- Skeletonized in-house caliber 9611 MC
- Roman numeral movement bridges
- Case made of palladium 950