Santos-Dumont Skeleton watch, XL, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding 9612 MC. ADLC-coated titanium case, faceted crown set with a black faceted spinel, dial of Roman numerals formed by the movement bridges, rhodium-finished brass sword-shaped hands. Black alligator-skin strap with double adjustable 18K ADLC-coated white gold folding buckle. Skeleton complication of 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 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.