Santos-Dumont watch, large model, mechanical movement with manual winding calibre 430 MC. Case in rhodium-finish 18K white gold set with 59 brilliant-cut diamonds and faceted crown set with a brilliant-cut diamond, totalling 2.48 carats. Silvered grained dial. Sword-shaped hands in black oxidised steel. Sapphire crystal. Strap in black semi-matt alligator skin with 18 mm adjustable folding buckle in rhodium-finish 18K white gold. Length: 44.48 mm, width: 34.6 mm, thickness: 5.58 mm. Water-resistant to 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.