Art: Megan St Clair

In 1904, Louis Cartier made Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont’s dream come true by creating the first modern watch that could be worn on the wrist, and not left in the pocket, which was just out of reach for the pilot. By 1909, Cartier has patented the invention of the watch’s folding buckle, which has only been improved since that time, leaving us with the modern version of the Santos, which, despite its many innovations, has always reminded ground-breaking. 

Traditionally, watch screws were hidden within their designs, but again, all this changed with Santos. The icon kicked off a new aesthetic code for Cartier and beyond, which allowed modern watches to become water-resistant up to 100 metres. Yes, whether in the air or in the depths of the ocean, the Santos was built for the explorers, the adventures, and all admirers of great beauty.

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