La collection Cartier - Historical and Exceptional pieces of la Maison Cartier

In 1904, the Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier that while he was flying with both hands on the controls, it was impossible to read the time on his pocket watch. Soon afterwards, Cartier sent him a prototype of a wristwatch. It was sold from 1911 as the Santos, and was the first watch with the bracelet attachment horns integrated into the case. These integrated horns made it the first modern wristwatch for men. It also has something that became a distinctive feature of Cartier watches: a sapphire cabochon on the winding crown. Dating back to the dawn of the 20th century, the Santos is the oldest icon of Cartier watchmaking.

Santos-Dumont Wristwatch

CARTIER PARIS, 1912

Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon, leather strap.

Round LeCoultre caliber 126 movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

This particularly rare timepiece is one of the very first Santos created by Cartier.

2.48 x 3.42 cm (case)

Santos Droit wristwatch

Cartier Paris for
Cartier New York, 1914

Yellow gold, one half pearl, leather strap.

Round LeCoultre caliber 126 movement, fausses Côtes de Genève decoration, rhodium-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.

3.44 x 2.48 x 0.45 cm (case)

Santos
wristwatch

CARTIER PARIS, 1926

Yellow gold, one sapphire cabochon.

Round LeCoultre movement, Côtes de Genève decoration, silver-plated, 8 adjustments, 18 jewels, Swiss lever escapement, bimetallic balance, flat balance spring.

3.25 x 2.25 cm (case)

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