Cartier Santos Carree Automatique 2961 'Oxblood'Sold
Cartier Santos Carree Automatique 2961 'Oxblood'
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This Cartier Santos Galbée is an amazing piece of horological history. In the early 1900s, men were still sporting rather large pocket watches. This began to change when Louis Cartier designed the first men’s wristwatch for Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904. The Santos was not only pioneering for completely reimagining the way we interact with our timepieces, but also introduced a revolutionary aesthetic. The pocket watches that preceded it and many wrist watches that followed it were round with fluid details. The Santos, in contrast, had a strong and utilitarian aesthetic, with a square case and visible screws on the bezel. These design elements would be reintroduced almost 70 years later by Gerald Genta in the Royal Oak. The Santos has remained a staple in Cartier’s collection ever since its introduction more than a century ago. It received an overhaul in 1987 and was relaunched as the Santos Galbée. The Galbée turned the Santos in a sleeker watch with the introduction of more curved lugs and the iconic integrated metal Santos bracelet. This ref. 2961 Santos Carree from the 1980s is sized at an elegant 29 x 41 mm, the perfect midsize for men as well as women. The case and the distinctive ‘screwed’ bezel and integrated Santos bracelet are executed in 18k yellow gold. We particularly love the deep engraved interlocking “C” Cartier logo on the clasp. This Santos Carree sports an uncommon oxblood color dial from the late 90's with a small gold rimmed date window and 18k yellow gold sword hands. The sapphire cabochon that traditionally tops the crown is replaced by a ruby stone to match the dial. The watch runs on a handy automatic movement and was just serviced by Cartier. The watch comes with the corresponding service papers and a 2-year service warranty.
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 jeweller 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 a watch 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. Santos In 1904 Louis Cartier came up with a ground-breaking solution for his pilot friend Alberto Santos Dumont. Santos-Dumont complained that it was inconvenient to consult his pocket watch while flying. Louis Cartier came up with the innovative idea of attaching a watch to a bracelet. The new watch would not only become the first pilot’s watch, but the first men’s wristwatch! Until then, Cartier had focused on jewelry and women’s watches. Santos-Dumont’s celebrity status helped popularize Cartier’s innovative design among the male masses.
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