Santos-Dumont watch, large model, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding caliber 430 MC. 18K pink gold case, 7-sided crown set with a faceted sapphire, gray satin-finish dial, black oxidized steel sword-shaped hands, sapphire crystal, alligator-skin strap with adjustable 18K pink gold folding buckle. Case dimensions: 44.6 mm x 34.6 mm, thickness: 5.58 mm. Water-resistant to 30 meters/100 feet.
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.