Cartier Santos Watch Review: The New For 2018 Model
When Cartier delivered the past age “Santos 100” assortment in 2004, it was out of appreciation for the 100th commemoration of what is one of the primary unique watch plans ever made. I checked on the Cartier Santos 100 here on aBlogtoWatch several years back and still feel affectionately about that model –however more on that later. Today my attention is on the new “Santos de Cartier” Large Model that Cartier delivered in mid 2018. Cartier needed to ensure the new Santos watches would hit stores not long after the presentation (a training not exceptionally common in the watch business) and early reports are that deals of the new Santos models are solid. The particular model I checked on is the Cartier Santos reference W2SA0006, which has a two-tone steel and 18k yellow gold case just as the bigger 39.8mm case (Cartier additionally creates a more modest 35.1mm wide form of the new Santos).
There is a great deal to state about the Cartier Santos for 2018 and I examined a ton of the general assortment subtleties and features on aBlogtoWatch in this article here . In that article you’ll read more about the accessible models (and their costs) just as the thing Cartier is attempting to accomplish with the new Santos assortment. This audit will expand on my conversation of the Santos in past articles, for example, the above connected to Santos 100 review.
What I likewise do in this article is available a few pictures of both this new Cartier Santos W2SA0006 just as what I consider to be the watch’s past age model (that is uncommon because of its restricted conveyance), which is the Santos 100 W200728G. That previous model is uncommon on the grounds that it offered a full wristband instead of simply a tie, which the majority of the Santos 100 watch models were furnished with. I found the comparison of these two watches to be exceptionally intriguing on the grounds that you can obviously see what is comparative in the models just as what is different.
Let me summarize the significant features of the new for 2018 Cartier Santos watches. To start with, the cases and wristbands are essentially more slender and for certain individuals, presumably more comfortable to wear (as compared to the past age enormous case models, similar to the Santos 100 Large). There is additionally the new bezel plan which isn’t an immense component, yet it offers a fairly unmistakable search for the new models. The case contains an in-house programmed development, and obviously the greatest news is the snappy delivery (“QuickSwitch” as Cartier calls it) arm band/tie framework, just as the device less connection evolving framework (“SmartLink”) that allows you to change the wristband rapidly, effectively, and without apparatuses (accepting you at present have fingernails).
My generally impressions of the Cartier Santos Large Model are excellent. Some additionally state that the more modest model can likewise be worn as a men’s watch, yet I’m almost certain that in the West, by far most of 35.1mm wide Santos models will be offered to ladies. Beside the size, the essential distinction between the bigger and more modest Santos model is the arrangement of a date window show (which exists on the bigger model however not on the more modest model).
Compared to the past age Santos 100 Large, the new 9.08mm thick, more slender Santos model wears much more like a dress watch. “Thin is in” with regards to wristwatches. There are consistently recurrent plan patterns and this isn’t the first run through a company has supported a more slender plan rather than something bigger. On the off chance that you are somebody who wears sleeves or for the most part loves your watches to be a smidgen more “out of the way,” at that point the more slender profile of the new Cartier Santos watches will absolutely engage you.
In steel the new Santos case is water-impervious to 100m and has a richly bended sapphire precious stone. The case is very much made with both brushed and cleaned surfaces. Set in the crown is a blue spinel cabochon. Cartier once utilized sapphire gem cabochons, however they just do that on their very good quality models nowadays. You can see exactly how comparable the more current and more established Santos cases are from a plan point of view. This incorporates a significant part of the crown watch structure just as the mathematical crown itself. The watch is accessible in all steel (or all pink or yellow gold), yet I lean toward the two-tone look of the watch in steel and 18k yellow gold the most. One reason is that the gold sinks the arm band contrast more and add visual interest. Second is a similar expansion interestingly, because of the gold bezel.
For 2018 Cartier “radically” overhauled the famous square bezel of the Santos so it is not, at this point a square. The upper and lower areas of the bezel have been stretched out with a lip. The goal gives off an impression of being a visual association between the tie/arm band and bezel. On the past age Santos 100 this was not the situation and the carry/wristband structure was really bigger and more extensive than on the more current Santos. On both the more current and more seasoned Santos models the wristband tightens a spot (which is acceptable). The more established Santos 100 has a wristband that was 23mm wide where it associated with the case, and on the new Santos Large Model the arm band is 21mm wide where it interfaces with the case.
I will invest a decent arrangement of energy discussing the arm band since it is both a critical piece of this watch just as a territory which I accept requires a great deal of conversation. Mostly on the grounds that I don’t figure either the new or old arm band would win in a battle. Truth be told, Cartier didn’t (as I would see it) really “replace” the more established age Santos 100 with the new age models (despite the fact that the old forms are actually not, at this point created). Or maybe, Cartier delivered another kind of the Santos which is maybe more prepared to compete in today’s precarious extravagance watch market.
My affection for the past age Cartier Santos 100 is explicitly for things that the new age models endeavored to leave before. The stout, manly, and exquisite Santos 100 was in no way, shape or form as adaptable or discretionary as the new age models that Cartier intended to restrain a portion of the past model’s extremity. So, I should state that I lament the choice to plan a less complex deployant for the new age models. The wristband closes with a basic butterfly-style deployant. It’s nice yet I don’t like the pushers that stick out like ears under the wristband. What I truly miss is the more complicated deployant of the past age model. For those pieces Cartier planned a more detailed deployant that emulated the style of the case remembering a plate for gold.
Of course, the past age arm band didn’t have the extravagant designing of the new Santos wristband which has both the QuickSwitch and SmartLink frameworks. Cartier was brilliant to incorporate both an arm band and an earthy colored cowhide lash with the Santos. Obviously, you can almost certainly purchase extra lashes from Cartier, however with the restrictive tie association framework you won’t have the option to utilize reseller’s exchange ties for the watch. That’s not a serious deal however, on the grounds that despite the fact that Cartier will charge you a Cartier-size cost for their lashes, they are likewise of a truly good quality.
I won’t harp on the subject, however in the event that you’ve utilized an Apple Watch steel connect wristband, at that point you pretty much ability to utilize Cartier’s new arm band framework. Regardless of whether Cartier was propelled by the wonderful Apple Watch interface arm band isn’t significant, however state that they are very comparative. In the event that you aren’t acquainted with the Apple Watch interface arm band, at that point let me reveal to you that notwithstanding it costing less, it is of an amazingly high caliber and the contemporary wristband to be propelled by.
Cartier incorporates a little instrument to assist you with changing the wristband yet you don’t truly need it. To eliminate a connection you need just press a little pusher, which at that point delivers a spring-stacked pin. Utilizing your fingers you pull out the pin somewhat more to deliver the association with the neighboring connection. In only a couple minutes even an amateur can change the size of their wristband. This is extraordinary yet I really can’t help thinking about how frequently individuals will change the arm band after the first occasion when they size it. It isn’t like the watch feels like it comes with a superior cost for this digit of usefulness, yet it is maybe a disgrace that clients of this watch will so rarely have the option to utilize this very much planned SmartLink system.
The QuickSwitch framework at the drags is one of numerous fast delivery frameworks accessible today. Cartier’s framework is superior to most, and I mean concerning fabricate quality and a feeling of affirmation that the association among arm band and case is solid. I’ve utilized other comparative fast delivery frameworks and while most are incredible, a couple of them cause worry concerning how well they may age after bunches of rehashed use. You’ll utilize the QuickSwitch framework to deliver the tie or arm band from the situation when you need to trade them. You’ll do this since it is both fun and assists blend in with increasing the style of your watch. Truly, on the off chance that you are a man who enjoys the vibe of a watch lash and additionally prefers the vibe of coordinating tones, at that point getting a tie in any event earthy colored, dark, and dim bodes well. Truly you need to buy some extra ties, yet the outcome is a basic method to keep your watch as elaborately flexible as possible.
When I initially assessed the Cartier Santos a couple of years prior I spent quite a while discussing how making a viable square watch case configuration was a test. It isn’t a mishap that most wristwatches sport round cases. For me the stunt is the different square shapes which “stack” on each other, just as the highlight incorporate however many bended points as could be expected under the circumstances in this generally square case plan. The bezel bolts and screws don’t hurt either.
I really felt that the bezel was a component in putting forth the square defense configuration work. Shockingly, the bezel of this new form doesn’t truly detract from the class of the square case. And then there is the dial. It’s exemplary and very “Cartier” with its shiny opaline face set apart with a container of Roman numeral hour markers. Initially the past and current age dials are a lot of the equivalent, yet after looking into it further you’ll notice an enormous combination of contrasts. The main territory may be the hands.
Blued steel “sword-style” hands are a sign of numerous Cartier watches, which currently incorporates the Santos. A comparable shape yet unique execution for the hands was offered on the past age models which have dark, lume-filled hands. The dial on this new Santos is entirely chomped bigger, and relatively the hour markers are somewhat more modest. That implies more “white space” on the dial as compared to the past age model. Note that the past age model didn’t have the date, while the new age 39.8mm wide case variant of the Santos has a date marker window (put conveniently at 6 o’clock).
While I can without much of a stretch live with the current age Santos dial whenever given the chance, I trust I have a slight inclination for the past generation’s dial. Maybe it is basically on the grounds that the blue steel hands show up slightly slim to me (despite the fact that they are adequately long), and I need them to be slightly more extensive. Once more, the new Santos dial with the blued-steel hands is dressier, while the old age model is sportier. The two dials have the “secret” Cartier name written in the 7 o’clock Roman numeral hour marker.
Inside the new age Santos W2SA0006 is the in-house made Cartier type 1847 MC programmed mechanical development. The development, shockingly, isn’t obvious through a caseback window –however that may have been a truly pleasant touch. The development works at 4Hz with around 2 days of intensity save. As I am prone to compare the new Santos to the past age Santos 100, I will say that the previous Santos models likewise had programmed mechanical developments, yet those that were provided by other Swiss companies, for example, ETA.
One of my number one highlights of the Santos de Cartier watch is its capacity to be both straightforward and intriguing simultaneously. As a wristwatch it is comfortable, offers recognizable data, and gives a problem free and adaptable wearing and proprietorship experience. Its immortal plan permits it to work in an assortment of settings and it actually has more communicative force than your standard round-case dress watch. Notwithstanding the particular case shape, Cartier’s utilization of screws and the exemplary on-brand dial helps give the watch more character than its competitors. Cartier further prevailing with regards to making the new Santos watches more pertinent. The brisk delivery arm band/tie framework just as the more slender case profile make this an additionally compelling watch for additional individuals nowadays. Regardless, I love the past age Santos 100 XL as much as I do on the grounds that it was a less comprehensive plan and a smidgen a greater amount of a gained taste on the wrist. With this age model, Cartier has created the most wearable men’s Santos watch of present day times. Past that, I can without much of a stretch see authorities claiming the two ages of men’s Santos watches.
For the cash the genuine article offered via Cartier is the all-steel form of the Santos Large, which is the reference WSSA0009 that has a retail cost of $6,850 USD. The two-tone model expands the cost by a couple of thousand –yet you do get the cool look of steel and gold. The Santos de Cartier Large Model reference W2SA0006 as explored here has a retail cost of $10,400 USD. cartier.com
>Model: Santos Large Model reference W2SA0006
>Price: $10,400 USD
>Size: 38.9mm wide, 9.08mm thick
>When commentator would by and by wear it: On formal or business events when I need to stand out (and still be taken seriously).
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone thoughtful to square watches and really famous plans who additionally needs to change out their lashes often.
>Best normal for watch: Cartier worked effectively taking the Santos to another spot, for another segment of watch sweethearts. The arm band change framework may be over-designed for most buyer needs, yet it takes care of its work well overall. More slender Santos case profile will amuse many.
>Worst normal for watch: Bracelet deployant feels like a stage in reverse compared to past age. Bezel style may set aside effort to become accustomed to. Hour and moment hands appear to be a tad excessively restricted for the general plan of the dial and case.