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A chronograph for the Santos de Cartier
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A chronograph for the Santos de Cartier

Tuesday, 22 January 2019
By The FHH Journal editors
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In honour of pioneering aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, a friend of Louis Cartier, the brand has introduced a chronograph version of the Santos. The movement is the in-house 1904-CH MC with column wheel and vertical clutch.

Speed was one of Alberto Santos-Dumont’s principal challenges. How could he exceed it, how could he control it? He set record after record in aviation, the earliest of which dates from 1906 and concerns flying speed, covering a distance of 220 metres in 21 seconds. Made to measure records, the new Cartier chronograph takes this heritage into the 21st century. Always attentive to elegance and ergonomics, Cartier gave it a single start/stop push button, visible at 9 o’clock, with the reset function being directly integrated into the crown. This lighter design naturally leads to lighter movements. The piece is fitted with the 1904-CH MC Cartier Manufacture movement, which distils the chronograph’s ingenious guidance and coordination systems – column wheel, vertical clutch, and linear reset hammer – while demonstrating superb craftsmanship.

Santos de Cartier chronograph watch, extra-large model, pink gold, interchangeable QuickSwitch straps, automatic chronograph movement 1904-CH MC © Cartier
Santos de Cartier chronograph watch, extra-large model, pink gold, interchangeable QuickSwitch straps, automatic chronograph movement 1904-CH MC © Cartier

Cartier filed the patent for the first folding buckle in 1909. This year, Cartier has developed its design further still by enhancing its comfort, ease of use and security. Despite being fitted with push-piece fastening and unfastening, a lighter blade and a simple wristband change system, the clasp keeps all its signature aesthetics. Like the Santos de Cartier collection as a whole, the bracelets and straps offer ultimate practicality. Available in steel, alligator leather or rubber, all versions can be interchanged thanks to the patented QuickSwitch system, the invisible mechanism which seamlessly blends into the architecture of the case. Meanwhile the metal bracelet can be adjusted to the nearest link thanks to its patented tool-free SmartLink size adjustment system.

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