Cartier Santos de Cartier Extra-Large Chronograph
The daring legacy of aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont soars over the new Santos de Cartier collections.
Speed was one of Alberto Santos-Dumont’s principal challenges. He set record after record in aviation, the earliest of which dates from 1906 and concerns flying speed, covering a distance of 220 metres in 21 seconds.
Made to measure records, the new Cartier chronograph takes this heritage into the 21st century. Cartier gave it a single start/stop push button, visible at 9 o’clock, with the reset function being directly integrated into the crown. The result: a lighter design leading to lighter movements.
The piece is fitted with the 1904-CH MC Cartier Manufacture movement, which distils the chronograph’s guidance and coordination systems – column wheel, vertical clutch, and linear reset hammer – while demonstrating superb craftsmanship. It is endowed with a 48 hour power reserve and displays the hours, minutes, seconds and date in addition to the chronograph.
Cartier filed the patent for the first folding buckle in 1909. This year, Cartier has developed its design further still by enhancing its comfort, ease of use and security. Despite being fitted with push-piece fastening and unfastening, a lighter blade and a simple wristband change system, the clasp keeps all its signature aesthetics.
Like the Santos de Cartier collection as a whole, the bracelets and straps offer practicality. Available in steel, alligator leather or rubber, all versions can be interchanged thanks to the patented QuickSwitch system, the invisible mechanism which seamlessly blends into the architecture of the case. Three different versions of this timepiece are available: le first one is in rose gold, the second is in steel and yellow gold while the third is in steel and ADLC. Meanwhile, the metal bracelet can be adjusted to the nearest link thanks to its patented tool- free SmartLink size adjustment system.
Characterised by audacity and inventiveness, Cartier’s watchmaking history reflects a unique state of mind: “jeweller of kings and king of jewellers”. Its renown is bound up in the tradition of excellence to which it is heir. Cartier was a forerunner in the use of platinum in jewellery and one of the pioneers of watchmaking.Find out more >
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