All About the Cartier Santos-Dumont Collection

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Cartier is a brand with a long, rich history. Founded in 1847 in Paris by Louis-François Cartier, the luxury company has been manufacturing watches and jewellery for royalty and aristocracy alike, as such they’re considered to be “the jeweller of kings and the king of jewellers”.

The Cartier Santos collection is just as rich. Launched in 1911 to the public, the range immediately became one of Cartier’s most popular and iconic, which continues to this day.

The Cartier Santos-Dumont Collection

This particular line of Cartier watches commemorates the pioneering spirit of Alberto Santos-Dumont, a friend of Louis Cartier for whom the collection was named after – and designed for. The Brazilian pilot sought to know the time at a glance without using his pocket watch while in flight, so Cartier created a wristwatch, especially for him.

The collection is known for having a design that pays tribute to the original model. The Roman numerals and the clean dials ensure that the watches are easy to read even in adverse conditions, meaning the pieces in the collection are suitable for a range of applications.

Take it with you to the office, to an evening out, to a special occasion, and so on, and you can be confident that the watch will complement any outfit of your choice.

Practical and stylish, the collection is also elegant and keen to push the boundaries of watchmaking by combining luxury with durability, precision and aesthetics that resemble the Art Deco style.

The Cartier Santos-Dumont watches are immediately recognisable for their square face and visible screws that resemble the rivets on an aircraft, as well as a large bezel and a case that incorporates the lugs without pins.

Another thing to consider is the SmartLink and QuickSwitch features introduced in 2018 when the collection underwent an overhaul. These elements bring something different to the table and allow the watchmaker to offer more flexibility and versatility when it comes to the piece they manufacture.

The SmartLink system allows you to resize the bracelet so it can fit perfectly and adapt to any situation or occasion. You don’t actually need to separate any individual links, which means you won’t be at risk of losing any of them! The QuickSwitch feature makes it easier for you to change the look of your watch, which is ideal if you’re looking for a day-to-night look or if you want your piece to be water-resistant, for example.

Suitable for anyone seeking a companion for their everyday adventures, the collection is the perfect blend of fashion, functionality and precision.

Cartier Santos-Dumont Watches at Banks Lyon

As official Cartier stockists, you’ll find several Cartier watches on our website as well as in our Lancaster and Kendal stores, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the right piece for your lifestyle and personal taste.

Meanwhile, take a couple at a couple handpicked Cartier watches you may be interested in.

Cartier Santos-Dumont Small Quartz Watch

If you’re looking for a fashionable, precise, and durable piece for everyday wear (or to take to a special occasion), this watch is an excellent option for ladies.

The small, 27mm steel and 18K gold case offers a lovely contrast to the silver satin-brushed dial with sunray effect, and the iconic Roman numerals – as well as blue synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel – add that elegant touch that Cartier watches are known for. Other classic Cartier design choices include the blue-steel sword-shaped hands.

The movement consists of self-winding automatic quartz, protected by durable and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the piece is also water-resistant up to 30 metres.

This Cartier Santos-Dumont Small Quartz watch can be purchased for £4,600 at Banks Lyon or from £69 per month at 0% finance.

Cartier Santos-Dumond XL Watch

This watch is perfect for modern gents who also love a timeless (almost vintage) aesthetic at the same time. As an extra-large model, this piece looks great no matter what you pair it with and offers easy readability for when you need to tell the time at a glance.

The stainless-steel case houses a hand-wound manual movement, and the piece is also water-resistant up to 30 metres. You’ll be pleased to know the watch is protected with sapphire crystal, ensuring your piece will last for longer while remaining as polished and scratch-free as the day you purchased it.

You can find a beaded steel crown set with a blue synthetic spinel cabochon, a silvered satin-finish sunray-effect dial, Roman numerals and the iconic blued-steel sword-shaped hands that Cartier is known for.

This Cartier Santos-Dumond XL watch is available for £5,200 or from £78 per month at 0% finance.

Interested in these or other Cartier lines we stock, such as the Tank Must collection, the Ballon Bleu watches or the Pasha de Cartier models? Chat to us on WhatsApp (07395 875 175) or visit us in person to see the watches for yourself and to try them on – if you’re unsure which piece to choose, we’re on hand to help.

Our expert and knowledgeable staff will talk you through the watches’ features, complications, styles, and more, ensuring that you make the right decision. You can also view our watch finance deals.