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Introducing The Cartier Santos-Dumont 'La Demoiselle' Limited Edition

Introducing The Cartier Santos-Dumont ‘La Demoiselle’ Limited Edition

Speedy Take

When Cartier delivered another quartz Santos-Dumont a year ago , it seemed as though it very well may be a pleasant complement to the Santos assortment that got a significant update in 2018 . However, this year, we’re seeing both another arrangement of hand-wound Santos-Dumont watches and a triplet of restricted versions commending the watch’s namesake. It’s currently a genuine piece of the Cartier portfolio, and all things considered. It’s a watch that presents as a dress watch in an advanced setting at the same time, from numerous points of view, it is the first pilot’s watch. It’s an all-circumstances player that feels peculiarly contemporary for something initially planned more than 100 years ago.

The watch we have here is no customary Santos-Dumont, however. It’s an amazingly restricted version made to observe Alberto Santos-Dumont and his most celebrated airplane, La Demoiselle. In that manner, it’s like different LEs introduced today, yet it’s substantially more restricted (just 30 pieces) and is the extra-enormous size rather than the huge size. Its platinum case is combined with an ecru-shaded dial with a woven example at its middle that is repeated by the woven Panama-style tie, the two references to Santos-Dumont’s consistently present Panama cap. The Roman numerals have a silvered finish, the hands are dim dark pomme hands, and the concealed Cartier signature in the “VII” has been supplanted by “Santos.”

On the converse of the case, you’ll discover an etching of La Demoiselle, alongside different markings taking note of the mechanical development inside, the platinum case, and the restricted version number. The cabochon in the crown is a ruby rather than the standard sapphire or spinel, something Cartier regularly does with its platinum restricted releases. It’s a mysterious handshake of sorts. As though this wasn’t adequately all, Cartier is bundling this watch with an exceptional lacquered maple box, an earthy colored crocodile cowhide tie, a coordinating gator travel case, and a unique pair of Santos de Cartier sleeve fasteners just accessible with this watch. 

Beginning Thoughts

I’m all-in on this watch. I was a major enthusiast of the Santos-Dumont models when they were presented a year ago (and I’m currently the proprietor of one as well), so that most likely comes as nothing unexpected. Be that as it may, looking past the self-evident, I believe Cartier’s originators made an extraordinary showing sorting out what to make unique and what to keep standard. The basketweave design at the dial’s middle references the guilloché focal point of numerous Cartier dials and the pomme hands are only a touch more refined than the sword hands. Also, that “Santos” signature covered up in the “VII” where the “Cartier” would regularly go? Try not to try and get me going on how cool that is. We’ll be here all day.

If there’s one thing I’d change about this watch, it’s the size. I’m yet to see an “extra-enormous” Santos-Dumont in the metal, so I’ll hold last judgment up to that point, yet I think this is a plan that is incredibly fruitful at more modest sizes. Indeed, even at the “enormous” size of the other restricted releases from this year, I’d be a hair more energized, yet I’m willing to look past it in view of different subtleties. Considering the size of a brand like Cartier, a restricted version of 30 pieces is genuinely restricted (this isn’t nearly “3,000 pieces” trick), and this makes certain to become a genuine authorities’ piece down the line subsequently. Of the relative multitude of watches delivered for the current week, this is one of the main a few on my “should see ASAP” list.

The Basics

Brand: Cartier

Model: Santos-Dumont ‘La Demoiselle’ Limited Edition

Dimensions: 46.6mm x 33.9mm (“Extra-Large” Size)

Thickness: 7.5mm

Case Material: Platinum with ruby cabochon in crown

Dial Color: Ecru with focal weave pattern

Indexes: Arabic numerals

Lume: None

Strap/Bracelet: Panama texture lash and earthy colored crocodile calfskin tie both included

Additional Details: Watch is sold in a lacquered maple gatherer’s crate with a croc calfskin travel pocket and a couple of white gold and red tiger eye Santos de Cartier sleeve buttons. These adornments can’t be bought independently and just come with this restricted version watch.

The Movement

Caliber: 430 MC

Functions: Hours, minutes

Diameter: 20.5mm

Thickness: 2.15mm

Power Reserve: 38 hours

Winding: Manual

Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)

Jewels: 18

Estimating & Availability

Price: $43,600

Availability: April 2020

Limited Edition: 30 numbered pieces

For more, visit Cartier.

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