Cartier x SIHH
Updated and refreshed for 2018, Cartier leans towards the timeless and practical trend we’ve seen from lots of watchmakers at SIHH. Cartier have reissued and refined one of the brand’s most iconic timepieces, the Santos de Cartier.
Dating back to 1904, the watch was created for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos who wanted a watch to wear while flying. This history gives Cartier the claim to have created the first dedicated pilot’s watch and wristwatch. The new Santos debuts a QuickSwitch and SmartLink system; allowing for strap changes and bracelet adjustments without the need for tools – a huge milestone for the brand. The Santos also features Cartier’s newly developed in-house 1857 MC automatic movement.
One of the biggest design differences is the QuickSwitch system which will allow wearers to remove the bracelet and swap in a strap at the touch of a button, a useful and popular function. A novel system introduced is the SmartLink which lets the wearer adjust their bracelet size without any tools. Whereas normally, resizing a metal bracelet requires a tool to push out pins that hold the links together. The individual links on the Santos all have a button to detach the single link from the rest of the bracelet.
Coming in four variations, clients have the choice of all-steel two-tone (steel and yellow gold), pink-gold or yellow-gold and two sizes – medium (35.1mm wide) and large (39.8mm).
The new iteration of the Santos is due for release April 2018.