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Cartier Santos Carree 'Omani Khanjar'
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This Cartier Santos Carree 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 into a sleeker watch with the introduction of more curved lugs and the iconic integrated metal Santos bracelet. This Santos from the 1980s is the perfect unisex watch with its elegant 29 x 41 mm dimensions. 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. The watch features a lovely porcelain dial (with some minor hairlines) and simple applied baton markers instead of Cartier’s traditional painted Roman numerals. The application of the Khanjar crest at the 12 o’clock position indicates that the watch was commissioned by the Omani royal family. The late Sultan, Qaboos bin Said, was a fervent watch collector and famous watch gifter. These gifted watches always bore the Omani national emblem and are some of the most sought-after watches by collectors. The crest is also engraved within the clasp of the bracelet next to an Arabic gold hallmark, which indicates that the bracelet and watch are crafted from 18k gold. The watch is in excellent condition and runs on a handy automatic movement.
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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