Santos de Cartier: Malaysia Price And Review

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Cartier revives a classic in a modern way.

Santos de Cartier
Created in 1904 by Louis Cartier for his good friend and renowned aviator Santos Dumont, the Santos de Cartier remains one of the most iconic watches from the Parisian Maison. Credited as one of the first wristwatches to hit the market, the Santos’ popularity peaked at the end of the 1970s when the model was revived as a sporty piece recognisable by a large number of screws on its bezel and bracelet.

Over the years, the Santos remained a staple within Cartier’s fold and underwent a number of updates and facelifts (including the large and modern Santos 100) until 2016, when it was discontinued.

But just two years later, the watch is making a comeback as Cartier seeks to revive this iconic classic with a new collection comprising steel and a combination of steel with precious metals, in two sizes (medium and large) and even a skeletonised version in either rose gold or stainless steel (but that’s for another time).
The new Santos de Cartier (top) combines hallmark traits of the original timepiece with new features that, at first glance might seem minimal, yet have a huge impact.

Santos de Cartier
First, the case has been reshaped, with more curves on each side of the bezel, making it look like it’s ‘touching’ 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. Overall, the case seems less aggressive than before due to the curved lines and large polished chamfered sides that also offer a modern and luxurious feel.

Santos de Cartier
As for the dial, the new collection maintains a more classic vibe with a slightly sportier flat dial with silvery-white finishing and black printed Roman numerals instead of a guilloché pattern. The thinner print brings more elegance and adds a modern touch.

On the wrist, the new Santos is quite pleasant with its 8.83mm (medium) or 9.08mm (large) thickness, which doesn’t really make it an ultra-thin watch but is still good enough under the cuff. Inside the watch is the nifty Calibre 1847 MC that was introduced on the 2015 Clé de Cartier. It’s an entry-level, in-house automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve that gets the job done.

Cartier QuickSwitch system
A much appreciated feature is the new QuickSwitch system, which allows for wearers to easily change the strap or bracelet with a quick press. Additionally, the new Santos bracelets also feature the SmartLink system that allows the wearer to add or remove links without the need for tools.

For all intents and purposes, this revamp of the Santos is definitely a welcome one. The two-size offering makes it quite accessible to both men and women, a move that will definitely benefit Cartier as they get to cast a wider net for potential buyers. In terms of quality, style and features, a legend like the Santos never fails.

Case

35.1mm x 41.9mm (medium), 39.8mm x 47.5mm (large) stainless steel

Dial

Silvered

Movement

Calibre 1847 MC

Bracelet/Strap

QuickSwitch system and SmartLinks for bracelets in stainless steel with additional calfskin leather strap with steel double adjustable folding buckle

Functions

Hours, minutes, date (for large model only)

Power Reserve

42 hours

Price

RM26,900 (medium), RM29,600 (large)

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Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.



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