Cartier is notable for its up-to-date, slimline dress watches. Among the numerous rich structures, the Santos assortment frequently stands-apart as an edgier interpretation of the exemplary structure. Presently, trying to additionally modernize a model that was birthed over a century prior, the Cartier Santos Dumont XL hits the shelves.

Living as long as 116 years of legacy is no mean accomplishment. In 1904, Louis Cartier made the absolute first Santos model for his companion and pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont. This “large” square model has seen many upgrades in its time and the most recent spotlights on expanding the distance across while keeping the model as thin as anyone might think possible. The first style is to a great extent held, with the Breguet-style hands dropped for the more honed, more contemporary tie-formed markers. I’m a fanatic of that change. Truth be told, notwithstanding myself (and a gigantic spot of beginning wariness) I’m a major devotee of this “big” watch.

A manual heart

Increasing the distance across of a particularly exemplary and recognizable model while holding its character (and keeping it thin) isn’t simple. The latest versions of the Santos Dumont (from a year ago) were controlled by quartz therefore. With this delivery, Cartier gets back to the mechanical, utilizing the 430 MC mechanical development for the three most intriguing models with regards to this new delivery. Notwithstanding the three mechanical Santos Dumont XL watches, the assortment is additionally reinforced by three quartz variations for men and another two for women. The quartz choices expected for men are unclear from the mechanical forms from the front.

This discharge is a genuine treat for committed authorities of Cartier or aficionados of aeronautics. The case backs of these new pieces will be engraved with the mark “S=D” — the initials of the prestigious pilot in the style he favored.

A ground-breaking statement

Although the new Cartier Santos Dumont XL watches are not the biggest square watches at any point delivered by the brand, they offer an incredible expression on the wrist notwithstanding. These models measure 33.9mm across and brag a carry to-drag length of 46.6mm. The inclining of a full square with this breadth would come in at just shy of 48mm, so the wrist presence of these watches is huge. At simply 7.5mm thick, notwithstanding, the watches wear wide and level. They are, in spite of their size, fantastic watches to be worn with a suit given these proportions.

The watch case seems bended gratitude to the uniquely molded bezel and the drop-off hauls. It is, as one can more readily appreciate from the side, be that as it may, level. The slimness of the watch guarantees it plunks down perfectly against the wrist, while the sharp utilization of more natural points for the situation profile decreases the visual load of this model without lessening its impact.


The Cartier Santos Dumont XL comes in three case/bezel choices. Clients can browse three choices. Right off the bat, there is an entire 18-karat pink gold case and bezel combo (€12,500). Besides, a completely tempered steel rendition is offered (€4,700). Also, at last, the third choice has a tempered steel body and rose gold bezel (€6,500). The crowns of each of the three watches are set with a manufactured spinel cabochon. Crocodile calfskin ties in one or the other dark or naval force blue complete the look. It is a commendable and welcome expansion to a revered assortment. Also, it is a watch I’m quick to get on my own wrist sometime in the not so distant future. I’ll let you realize how that pursuit bears out… Learn more about the brand .

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