At first glance, the new Santos de Cartier models look very much like their predecessors: the square-shaped bezel remains intact, along with the bezel’s eight visible screws and the dial’s elegant Roman numerals.
But a closer look reveals a sleeker case and bezel shape that flows more seamlessly from the lugs to the straps and bracelets, which are engineered with Cartier’s new patent-pending QuickSwitch system. This lets the wearer press a hidden button to quickly remove and replace each bracelet or strap. And Cartier goes one better with the patent-pending SmartLink, which it uses on its metal bracelets.
At the touch of a button located on each link, the link can be added or removed. The movement (35.1 mm by 45.9 mm or 39.8 mm by 47.5 mm) is Cartier’s self-winding Caliber 1847 MC (the numeral represents the year of Cartier’s founding), which features anti-magnetic nickel phosphorus components along with a shield made from a paramagnetic alloy.
Cartier is also offering skeletonized versions of the new Santos, powered by in-house manualwinding Caliber 9619 MC.
The new Santos de Cartier comes in steel, rose gold, and two-tone models with steel cases and rose-gold bezels. All are water resistant to 100 meters and have sapphire crystals in the casebacks.
Prices range from $6,250 for the medium-sized model in steel on a strap to $60,000 for a skeleton version in gold.