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Cartier Santos Galbée 187901
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According to Cartier, it is the portrait of a modern man and the product of experimentation by two visionaries and friends, Louis Cartier and Alberto Santos-Dumont. Of course, we’re talking about the Cartier Santos Galbee. The first purpose-designed, modern wrist watch that was created after pioneer of aviation Alberto Santos-Dumont complained about his difficulty checking the time on his pocket watch while flying. This distinctive piece was made by Cartier in the year 2000. The watch has a case size of 29 by 41 mm. The case, bezel and the characteristic ‘screwed’ bracelet are made out of stainless steel and yellow gold. This Santos’ dial design is not exactly the one we are familiar with when we’re talking about Cartier: it's silver/grey with 18k yellow-gold applied Roman numerals and a date aperture at the 6-hour position. It makes the watch a bit more special than the regular white dial Santos. Between the watch’s crown guards we’ll find the exquisite blue sapphire crown that definitely completes this iconic Cartier masterpiece. Cartier has undoubtedly made some major mistakes in the modern ‘supersized’ Santos model line but thanks to this magnificence we’ll definitely forgive them.
Cartier Louis-François Cartier took over his master’s jewellery workshop in 1847. Over the years, his sons and grandsons inherited the family business and expanded the brand by opening shops in New York and London. King Edward VII of the United Kingdom granted Cartier a prestigious royal warrant in 1904, calling the brand “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewellers.” Such was the renown of Cartier, that royal warrants soon rolled in from all over the world (among which, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, Siam, Spain, Portugal, and Russia). While Cartier is known primarily for its jewellery, it also has a storied history in watchmaking. Cartier’s first foray in watchmaking came in 1888, offering exclusively ladies models. In 1904, Louis Cartier gave his friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Santos Dumont to wear during his flights. Until then, wrist watches were worn exclusively by women and men opted for the traditional pocket watch. The ‘Santos-Dumont’ was not only the first wristwatch geared towards men but also the first pilot’s watch!
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