Introducing The Cartier Santos-Dumont Le Brésil, La Baladeuse, And No. 14 Bis Limited Editions
Capsule assortments of restricted releases are something that Cartier does very well and has done well for quite a while. From the Tonneau to the Tank Cintrée , these smaller than expected assortments, normally under the Cartier Privé mark, give us restricted release pieces in little amounts that reference notable plans from quite a while ago, ordinarily with some sort of contort. This year, there are four exceptional Santos-Dumont models that have me pretty energized – the triplet you see here and afterward an extra-extraordinary piece in platinum that was deserving of its own compose up.
What we have here are three enormous size Cartier Santos-Dumont models that are accolades for airplane made by Santos-Dumont himself around the turn of the twentieth century. They all component the in-house, hand-wound 430 MC development, with casebacks including etchings of the namesake flying machines. Each has an alternate combination of case, bezel, crown, and dial, presenting its own look, and the amounts of the versions fluctuate as well.
Running through the line-up, how about we start with the most restricted piece. The “Le Brésil” sets a platinum case with a silver-tone dial with silvered Roman numeral markers. It’s smooth and current, looking practically like some kind of steampunk time-telling gadget. There’s in excess of a trace of Streamline innovation about it as well. The lone fly of shading comes from the ruby in the crown, stressing the various completions on the platinum case and bezel. On the back is a truly cool etching of the namesake flying inflatable. Just 100 bits of this release will be made.
Up next is the “La Baladeuse” which is the gold watch of the bundle. Like the “Le Brésil,” it has a monochromatic plan, with a yellow-gold case and champagne dial interspersed by blued blade hands and a blue sapphire in the crown. The differentiation of the warm and cool tones works actually pleasantly, and this is certainly the most outdated watch of the bundle. The etching on the opposite is joined by the release number, which is out of 300 for this form of the watch.
Finally, there’s the “No. 14 Bis,” the most available watch in the assortment. There will be 500 bits of this steel-and-gold model. The utilization of a sunburst anthracite dial and dim tie causes the two-tone case to feel more contemporary and less ’70s. The gold hands reverberation the bezel and cause the entire watch to feel more firm. This watch is the just one with an etching that we may perceive today as an “plane” of some kind.
As I said up top, this is Cartier doing what Cartier specializes in. The maison is combining exemplary plan with social pertinence and narrating through items. That is harder to do than it sounds, and I’m unable to think about a company that does it more viably and reliably than the acclaimed configuration house. Presently, to the extent the specifics of these watches go, I really like each of them three. I wasn’t so secure with the two-tone “No. 14 Bis” from the outset, yet the more I took a gander at it, the more I believed I “got it.” I likewise like that it tested me a piece. The monochromatic pieces are additionally intriguing close to each other, introducing two distinct dreams of what the Santos-Dumont can be, while likewise feeling of a sort. Once more, this equilibrium of concordance and strain is something fine, and here it truly works.
While I think I like the theoretical methodology behind the significantly more-restricted Santos-Dumont “La Demoiselle” that was additionally delivered today more than any of these watches, I like the way that they all play together to outline a story. I additionally like that these three pieces are the huge size rather than the extra-enormous. I believe that will make them a superior fit for additional individuals and underlines the double dressy/energetic nature of the Santos-Dumont. You truly can’t turn out badly with any of the four, though.
Model: Santos-Dumont “Le Brésil,” “La Baladeuse,” and “No. 14 Bis” Limited Editions
Dimensions: 43.5mm x 31.4mm
Case Material: Platinum (Le Brésil), 18k yellow gold (La Baladeuse), steel and 18k yellow gold (No. 14 Bis)
Dial Color: Silvered (Le Brésil), champagne (La Baladeuse), anthracite (No. 14 Bis)
Indexes: Roman numerals
Strap/Bracelet: Grey gator lash (Le Brésil), Green crocodile tie (La Baladeuse), dark gator tie (No. 14 Bis)
Caliber: 430 MC
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Estimating & Availability
Price: $18,700 (Le Brésil); $14,300 (La Baladeuse); $7,250 (No. 14 Bis)
Availability: April 2020
Limited Edition: 100 pieces (Le Brésil); 300 pieces (La Baladeuse); 500 pieces (No. 14 Bis), all exclusively numbered
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