In 2018, exactly 40 years after the introduction of the Les Must de Cartier Santos, the French jeweller gave the Santos a major facelift. Substantial improvements were made to the design and functionality, while still respecting the codes of the iconic design.
If you’ve been a fan of Cartier’s Santos timepiece, you would have known that the iconic watch has undergone coloured dial variations (apart from a predominantly white) over the years. From a grey version found in the limited-run of the Santos Galbee and Santos 100 XL Kings Road to a black dial on the Santos 100 Carbon and Santos 100 ADLC released back in 2009 and 2016 respectively, the dial has stayed relatively neutral otherwise.
Until now. Introducing the Santos de Cartier watch (which made its debut at SIHH 2018), this time coming in a gorgeous blue gradient dial that’s now available at Cartier boutiques. The Santos de Cartier watch was lauded for its updated features like the QuickSwitch interchangeability system and SmartLink resizing mechanism for the steel bracelet, and the same can be found in this all-new version that’s available in a single size, the Large, which measures 39.8mm by 47.5mm and stands 9.08mm tall. And being the large model, it has the date at six o’clock, with the date disc smartly done in black to match the dial; the medium model lacks a date display.
What’s different, however, is the blue gradient dial in place of the classic white, and with it sees an update in the watch face’s Roman numerals (this version comes in stainless steel), giving it that extra pop of shine and added appeal.
As with all Santos de Cartier pieces, this model is also equipped with a steel bracelet (armed with the SmartLink adjustment system), along with a navy blue calf leather strap (which comes with a steel double adjustable folding buckle) that’s inspired by the deep blue skies Alberto Santos-Dumont was so passionate about conquering.
Inside is the self-winding cal. 1847 MC, which is Cartier’s entry-level, in-house movement. It runs at 4Hz and has a 48-hour power reserve.
The Cartier Santos with a blue dial (ref. WSSA0013) is priced exactly the same as the version with a silver dial: US$6850 or S$9450. Know that the Santos de Cartier Blue Dial is available in limited quantities at Cartier’s boutiques, and will arrive at retailers later in the year. New year. New watch. Why not.
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