Cartier Santos Galbée 866930Sold
Cartier Santos Galbée 866930
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This Cartier Santos Galbee is an amazing piece of horological history. Even though women were already wearing watches on their wrists by the early 1900s, men were still sporting rather large pocket watches. This began to change when Mr. Louis Cartier personally designed the first men’s wristwatch for his dear friend and Brazilian aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904. Now, 116 years later we have a beautiful ladies version of the Cartier Santos for your pleasure. The square case is sized at an elegant 34.5 mm x 23.5 mm. The case and the distinctive ‘screwed’ bezel and bracelet are executed in 18k yellow-gold, matching the champagne colour of the dial. We particularly love the deep engraved interlocking “C” Cartier logo on the clasp. And, of course, in true Cartier style, the crown is topped with a sapphire cabochon. Cartier has undoubtedly committed a grave sin with the modern ‘supersized’ Santos model line, but thanks to the magnificence of the vintage ones 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 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!
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