The Cartier Santos is back! Based on the first wristwatch created by Cartier in 1904 for aviator Santos Dumont, this legendary model had been in the collection since its introduction in 1978 – at least, the modern version of the Santos, with a steel case and screwed bezel. However, the Santos was discontinued two years ago – and for a good cause. A new model is about to hit the stores and buy Cartier watches presented its redesigned version at the SIHH. Meet the new Cartier Santos 2018, tested here in steel, large size and with quite some cool features for the strap/bracelet.The Cartier Swiss replica uk watches Santos needs no introduction. It is one of the most iconic watches of the Parisian Maison, and certainly the most coveted men’s offer of the brand. Created in 1904 to accompany aviator Santos Dumont on his intrepid flights, it has gone down in history as one of the first wristwatches to hit the market. The Santos gained popularity at the end of the 1970s when the model was revived in a sporty, bracelet-mounted piece, recognisable by a large number of screws used on both the bezel and the bracelet. Available in steel or steel and gold (quite fashionable in the 1980s), the Santos model was a staple in the collection undergoing updates and facelifts (including the large and modern Santos 100) until 2016, when it was discontinued.
Cartier usually unveils entire collections at the SIHH: Clé de cheap Cartier in 2015, Drive de Cartier in 2016, the comeback of the Panthère and the 100th anniversary of the Tank in 2017. For the SIHH 2018, the highlight was the revival of the iconic Santos and a brand new collection was introduced, comprising steel, steel and gold and gold versions, two sizes (medium and large) and even a skeleton version. Today, we take a look at the cornerstone of this new line-up, the 2018 Cartier Santos Large Size in steel – which will certainly be the most desirable option for most men.First, the design. The new Cartier Santos combines hallmark traits with new features. The overall shape and style of the original are respected with a squared case with round edges, a polished bezel with eight screws, a steel bracelet with two screws on each link, a white dial with Roman numerals and classic Cartier blued hands. At first glance, the evolution seems minimal. Yet, when you look at this 2018 Cartier Santos in detail, you will spot the changes.
First, the case (measuring 39.8mm x 47.5mm on this large version) has been reshaped, with more curves. For instance, on each side of the bezel, it feels like the Santos now has two brancards. This is due to the new bezel, which is not perfectly squared anymore but shaped to “touch” the bracelet. This bezel now follows the lines of the case, yet it sticks to the polished finish to contrast with the rest of the watch and still features eight screws. The case itself is also less aggressive than before, with more curved lines and the presence of a large, polished chamfer on the side. This gives the watch a more modern and luxurious feel.
Overall, the new Santos is quite pleasant on the wrist and is 9.08mm thick – not exactly an ultra-thin watch, yet good enough to fit under a cuff. The case is relatively large but the case back is slightly curved and the lugs are short, providing good comfort. Also keep in mind that a medium size exists, with a 35.1mm x 41.9mm case.
Other hallmark features of the Santos are also present. The crown with a sapphire cabochon (sale Cartier obliges), is still protected by a pointy protection piece. The bracelet is also in the vein of previous versions, with its brushed finish and the presence of screws on each link. Some novelties – very good ones – have been added, but we’ll go back to this point in a few lines.
As for the dial, we find quite a classic offer on this 2018 perfect Cartier Santos. Just like old versions, no guilloché pattern here, but a more contemporary, slightly more sporty flat dial with a silvery-white finish and printed black Roman numerals. The printings appear thinner than they used to be in the past, bringing more elegance and modernity to the Cartier Santos. The display is also classic: hours, minutes, seconds shown by blue hands and a date window at 6 o’clock (the previous models had a date window at 3 or at 4:30 o’clock).
Inside the case and hidden beneath the steel case back is the calibre 1847 MC, first introduced on the 2015 Clé de replica Cartier watches uk This entry-level, in-house produced movement is automatic, ticks at a modern 4Hz frequency and boasts 42h of power reserve. Nothing extraordinary, but a movement that will do the job perfectly.