When Louis Cartier and Alberto Santos-Dumont met, a chapter of history filled with passion, genius, adventure and progress was written. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave a new impetus to watchmaking by creating one of the first modern wristwatches for his aviator friend. Today, with the Santos 100 skeleton watch and its mechanical Manufacture 9611 MC movement, Cartier is challenging the status quo once more with a spectacular new interpretation of this legendary watch. For beyond its technical characteristics, this skeleton timepiece by Cartier is a fascinating object to behold: its skeletonized bridges in the form of Roman numerals transcend the very notion of a dial and revisit the Santos myth that has been inspiring Cartier for over a century.
HISTORY AND STORIES: CARTIER, A PIONEER IN MODERN WATCHMAKING
Santos 100 skeleton watch, extra-large model, hours and minutes with bridge skeleton shaped like Roman numerals adapted to the Santos 100 watch, palladium 950‰ case, palladium 950‰ octagonal crown decorated with a faceted sapphire, sapphire crystal, roman numerals dial created with the movement bridge, sword-shaped blue steel hands, alligator strap, 18K white gold an palladium 950‰ triple adjustable deployant buckle, individually numbered workshop-crafted mechanical movement with manual winding calibre 9611 MC, dimensions: 28.6x 28.6 mm, thickness: 3.97 mm, 138 pieces including 20 jewels, balance: 28800 vibrations/hour, transparent back with sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 30 metres / 100 ft (3 bars). case dimension: 46.5x54.9 mm, 16.5 mm thickness.