Santos-Dumont watch, small model, quartz movement. Case in rhodium-finish 18K white gold set with 61 brilliant-cut diamonds and faceted crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond, totalling 1.70 carats. Silvered grained dial. Sword-shaped hands in black oxidised steel. Sapphire crystal. Strap in black semi-matt alligator skin with 16 mm adjustable folding buckle in rhodium-finish 18K white gold. Length: 38.25 mm, width: 30.3 mm, thickness: 5.38 mm. Water-resistant to 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.