Santos Skeleton watch, large model, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, calibre 9612 MC. Black ADLC steel case, 7-sided crown set with a blue synthetic spinel, polished grey steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal and case back. Black alligator-skin strap, with black ADLC steel double adjustable folding buckle. Second strap in dark grey semi-matt alligator skin. Both bracelets are fitted with the “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system. Hours and minutes with skeletonised bridges forming Roman numerals, with luminescent material. Individually numbered movement consisting of 138 parts including 20 jewels. Movement dimensions: 28 mm x 28 mm, movement thickness: 3.97 mm, balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 72 hours. Case width: 39.8 mm, case thickness: 9.08 mm. Water-resistant to 10 bar (approx. 100 metres).
1904. Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell the time while flying. The birth of one of the first ever wristwatches sealed the bonds of friendship between these two pioneers. The rounded angles of the dial, seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations.