Santos-Dumont skeleton watch, XL, Manufacture mechanical movement with manual winding 9611 MC. Case in 18K white gold, faceted crown set with a faceted sapphire, dial with Roman numerals formed by the movement bridges, sword-shaped hands in blued steel. Strap in black alligator skin with double adjustable folding buckle in 18K white gold. Complication of skeletonised 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 metres/100 feet). .
1904. Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell the 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, seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations.