Two of Cartier’s most iconic models just got a modern treatment in all black. These watches are made out of black carbon.
For those of you who are unaware the Cartier Santos was their first wristwatch. This watch was introduced in 1904 when the Brazilian pioneer aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to his friend Louis Cartier of the unreliability and impracticality of using pocket watches while flying. Cartier designed a flat wristwatch with a distinctive square bezel. This watch was liked by not only Santos-Dumont but also many other customers. Thus the “Santos” was born.
The first model is the NEW Santos 100 which is all black and 51.1mm x 41.3mm black ADLC-finished steel case, automatic mechanical Cartier Caliber 1847 MC 7-faceted crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel, black dial, sword-shaped hands in steel and luminescent material, sapphire crystal, black calfskin strap, steel triple adjustable folding clasp. Water-resistant to 10 bar (approx. 100 meters/300 feet).
I like this watch a lot because it’s super masculine and deconstructed while maintaining the integrity and timelessness of the Santos spirit. This watch retail for $7,600 and is currently available at Cartier boutique’s. It’s not badly priced when the stainless steel version is $7,000.
The second model is the ultra chic, Ballon Bleu. I don’t think this model looks good in any other metals than in steel or rose gold. To make an all black version of this watch is almost an insult. It’s meant to be sophisticated and elegant in a seventies kind of way with a modern twist. The NEW all black version throws a monkey wrench into the essential fabric that makes it stand alone. In my opinion it looks cheap.
Just in case anyone is interested, the Cartier Ballon Bleu is 42 mm, Manufacture self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1847 MC. Steel and ADLC case, fluted crown set with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel, black dial, Roman numerals, sword-shaped hands in steel and luminescent material, sapphire crystal, black calfskin strap, steel and ADLC double adjustable folding buckle, calendar aperture at 3 o’clock. case thickness: 13 mm. Water-resistant to 3 bar (approx. 30 meters/100 feet). The retail of this watch is $6,600