Santos-Dumont skeleton watch, XL, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding 9611 MC. Case in 18K white gold, faceted crown set with a faceted sapphire, dial with Roman numerals formed by the movement bridges, sword-shaped hands in blued steel. Strap in black alligator skin with double adjustable folding buckle in 18K white gold. Complication of skeletonised bridges in the form of Roman numerals. Individually numbered movement comprised of 138 parts including 20 jewels. Movement dimensions: 28.6 mm x 28.6 mm, movement thickness: 3.97 mm, balance: 28,800 vibrations/hour, power reserve approx. 72 hours. Sapphire case back. Case thickness: 9.4 mm. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres/100 feet).
1904. Louis Cartier granted the wish of his friend, the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell the time while flying. This was the birth of one of the first ever wristwatches. Featuring a geometric shape and exposed screws, the watch quickly became one of the Maison's watchmaking icons. The Santos rose to the ranks of a classic that would defy the hands of time.