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Back in 1904, Louis Cartier created a wristwatch for his friend, the pioneering aviator Albert Santos Dumont. It was the first true wristwatch designed for men, and the modern range of Cartier Santos watches draws upon the heritage of that original piece to create a timepiece that’s perfect for the modern horological connoisseur.
The Santos de Cartier is an exquisite timepiece with a strong sense of history. The original piece was created by Louis Cartier for his friend, the famed Brazilian aviation pioneer Albert Santos Dumont, who wished to know the time in flight without having to fumble for his pocket watch. Thus, Cartier designed a piece especially for him. It was the first true gent’s wristwatch – as wristwatches were at the time designed only for ladies – and set a style standard for many years to come.
Because Cartier promised Santos that his watch would be exclusive, it wasn’t until 1911 that the range of Cartier Santos watches was launched for public purchase – but it found instant popularity, and quickly became an iconic piece, as it remains to this day.
Today, the Santos de Cartier range encompasses a number of collections, including the Cartier Santos Demoiselle, Cartier Santos-Dumont and Santos 100.
Each piece within the wider range of Cartier Santos mens and ladies watches offers a clear square face with attractive rounded edges and large Roman numerals for easy readability. One of the pioneering features of this design is the fact that the case incorporates the lugs seamlessly, without attachments or pins; being devised as a single piece made the watch more secure upon the wrist. In this way, the Santos de Cartier combines the brand’s trademark luxury with an enviable practicality.
As official Cartier stockists, Banks Lyon are proud to be able to offer an extensive selection of timepieces from this prestigious brand. Whether you have your heart set on a particular piece, or you are looking for advice on the most suitable luxury watch for you, we will be happy to assist. We can even offer generous 0% finance terms, so you can make your payments over 6-36 months with a deposit from as little as 10%. As well as being able to browse pieces from our range of Cartier Santos watches here on our site, you can call us on 01524 297 011 or visit our store for further information.