Santos Skeleton watch, large model, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding, 9611 MC. Case in steel, seven-sided crown set with a faceted sapphire, blued-steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal and case back. Steel bracelet with “SmartLink” resizing system. Second bracelet in alligator skin, with steel double adjustable folding buckle. The two bracelets are equipped with the “QuickSwitch” interchangeability system. Hours and minutes with skeletonized bridges forming Roman numerals. Individually numbered movement consisting of 138 parts including 20 jewels. Movement dimensions: 28 mm x 28 mm, movement thickness: 3.97 mm, balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 72 hours. Case width: 39.8 mm, thickness: 9.08 mm. Water-resistant to 10 bar (approx. 100 meters).
1904, Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell time while flying. The birth of one of the first ever wristwatches sealed the bonds of friendship between these two pioneers. The rounded angles of the dial, the seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations.