The 2020 Cartier Santos-Dumont Limited Edition Watches

Cartier extends its Santos watch assortment with five exceptionally uncommon limited-edition observes all bearing the names of the Brazilian pilot’s unbelievable flying machines.  With a particularly bright character like early flying pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont in your documents, it bodes well to exploit this particular section in Cartier’s set of experiences. The child of a well off Brazilian espresso planter, Alberto Santos-Dumont got comfortable Paris where he developed his energy for flight. His solicitation to Louis Cartier to devise a watch that would allow him to peruse the time without taking his hands off the controls brought about the world’s first men’s wristwatch in 1904 and generated a whole assortment in his name. Four limited editions initiated with the names of Santos-Dumont’s flying machines join the assortment. Created in valuable platinum, yellow gold, and a combination of yellow gold and steel, every one of the four models are fitted with a super thin manual-winding movement.

Alberto Santos-Dumont

Aviation and watchmaking go hand in hand and one of history’s first organizations included Louis Cartier and Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont. Santos-Dumont was intrigued by flight and subsequent to getting comfortable Paris in the mid 1890s turned out to be notable in and out of town for his trying sight-seeing balloon accomplishments, frequently landing on Parisian housetops to the astonishment of the groups below.  In October 1906, on board his square shaped ’14-bis’ biplane, he covered a distance of 60 meters at a tallness of about five meters before a large group in the Bois de Boulogne denoting the primary trip of a heavier-than-air machine in Europe.  Barely a month later, on 12 November 1906, Santos-Dumont set the principal world record for a trip of 220 meters in 21.5 seconds.

Very much a superstar, Santos-Dumont’s dandy outfits and Panama caps before long become extremely popular in Paris. A perpetual planner, he made the exquisite Demoiselle monoplane for his own vehicle, a lightweight airplane with a wire-supported wing mounted over an open-structure fuselage produced using bamboo and landing gear worked around a tricycle. In 1908, the Demoiselle (no. 19) turned into the world’s first arrangement creation aircraft.

As a man fixated on machines and mechanics, his solicitation to Louis Cartier to come up with a watch that he could counsel without taking his hands off the controls was totally in character. In 1904 Louis Cartier gave his companion the main reason planned wristwatch with a strong, adjusted square case and bolts on the bezel that may have been propelled by those utilized by Gustave Eiffel to hold together his renowned pinnacle. A forerunner of the spotless lines that would check the Art Deco period, the dial included strong blackened Roman numerals, the rail route track minute counter and even the sapphire cabochon in the crown that have become notable highlights of so numerous Cartier watches.

It was in no way, shape or form the main wristwatch ever, ladies had been wearing wristlets some time before men found their intrinsic common sense, yet it has stood out forever as the principal wristwatch explicitly intended for men, for this situation, a pilot. Despite the fact that it was anything but a specialized apparatus watch for pilots, it went with Santos-Dumont on the initially shot airplane trip in 1906. In 1911, in a similar move to Santos-Dumont and his Demoiselle, Louis Cartier enrolled development producer Edmond Jaeger to begin delivering the Santos watch on a commercial scale. You can find out about this interesting section in flight and watch history here .

Flying high for over a century

Still the lone piece in Cartier’s assortment to bear the first wearer’s name, the Santos was relaunched in 1978 showing up in steel and gold models and bi-metal models with an incorporated wristband. Demonstrating its strength as an immortal classic, the Santos was returned to in 2018 despite the fact that we didn’t cover the 2019 emphasess with quartz-controlled developments. Recently, Cartier presented a larger yet flatter and more exquisite Santos-Dumont XL fitted with a hand-wound development. Closer in soul to the first, the watch is dressier than the 2018 assortment and has lost a portion of its energetic portliness for a less fatty profile.

Le Brésil

“Le Brésil” is named after Santos-Dumont’s first inflatable plan. Produced using Japanese silk, it was a particularly little, round inflatable with a wicker bin and made its lady flight 4 July 1898. Portrayed by Santos-Dumont as the “littlest” and “generally lovely” of his inflatables, an etching of the inflatable can be seen on the caseback.

Interpreted in a sumptuous platinum case estimating 43.5mm x 31.4mm and with a thin case stature of 7.3mm, the state of the case and the layout compare to the non-limited edition models presented in January 2020. The presence of a manual-twisting development across all the models implies that the case is more slender than the 2018 models and its general feel are flatter for a more exquisite presence. The dial is silvered and brushed with cleaned metallic Roman numerals, sword molded hands and a ruby in the winding crown. A limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces, the platinum “Le Brésil” is introduced on a dim crocodile strap.

La Baladeuse

“La Baladeuse” alludes to a mechanized carrier – otherwise known as zeppelin – utilized by Santos-Dumont to fly over Paris in 1903. Worked to exhibit the prospects and points of interest of air travel, Santos-Dumont would utilize his single-seater carrier to organize shock visits to his friends. Convinced that the “day will come when aeronautical omnibuses will ship vacationers and business travellers“, you could say that Santos-Dumont was likewise a visionary.

The case measurements are equivalent to “Le Brésil” yet here the watch is made in yellow gold. Like the models introduced in January, the case includes a differentiating brushed and cleaned surfaces and has deserted the ‘brancards’ that showed up on the 2018 models making it nearer to the first. Another unmistakable component of these 2020 models is the sharp state of the stone in the crown, for this situation, a blue sapphire stone. A limited and numbered edition of 300 pieces, “La Baladeuse” comes on a green gator strap.


“14-Bis” observes Santos-Dumont’s 1906 trip of 220 meters that won the Aéro-Club de France prize for the main formally noticed trip of over 100m. The etching on the caseback highlights the acclaimed “no.14 bis” that was portrayed as a ‘kite of compartments’. The pilot, remaining in the fuselage was associated with the rudder and balances by cables.

This model highlights a bi-metal development with a cleaned yellow gold bezel and a brushed steel case. The dial includes a sunray brushed anthracite dark foundation with white Roman numerals and an inside square. Likewise important is the classic rail route minutes track that currently placed on the outskirts of the dial and not in the middle, keeping with the adjustments presented recently. The most moderate model of the three and limited to 500 pieces, the crown is set with a blue engineered spinel cabochon.

La Demoiselle

The masterpiece of this limited edition is “La Demoiselle”,  an XL-sized watched of only 30 pieces engraved with the most exquisite of Santos’ flying machines. Made in 1908, “La Demoiselle” is Alberto Santos-Dumont’s renowned monoplane and one of the main airplane to be mass-created. With it started another time: “And we will sail through the air seeing Europe unfold at our feet like a geological guide. There we will stay, suspended between the stars and the earth.

The notable component of “La Demoiselle” is the surface in the focal point of the dial inspiring the weave of a Panama cap, much the same as the ones worn by Santos-Dumont. The dial is a smooth straw tone and the numerals are painted in white with a black shadow. Another distinction is the Breguet-style hands of this model, similar to those utilized on the main Santos watches. The estimations of the platinum case – 46.6mm x 39.9mm with a thin tallness of simply 7.5mm – are indistinguishable from those of the models presented in January 2020. The crown is set with a ruby cabochon and the watch comes with two lashes, one texture tie with a woven Panama surface and an earthy colored crocodile tie. As the most limited of all, “La Demoiselle” cones in an uncommon introduction box alongside an earthy colored gator calfskin travel pocket and a couple of Santos de Cartier sleeve buttons in white gold with red tiger eye.

Calibre 430 MC

The caseback is fixed however the development inside is the 430 MC, a manual-winding type dependent on the Piaget 430P with a lean tallness of simply 2.1mm. Utilized no matter how you look at it in different Piaget Altiplano models and via Cartier, the development beats at 21,600vph and the force save of 38 hours is on the short side – however reasonable considering the position of safety of the watch.

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