Cartier Santos Ronde
The Santos de Cartier is one of the few watches we are comfortable calling an icon. It is designed by Louis Cartier for his friend and aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, making it the world’s first pilot’s watch. One of its most distinctive features is its square case, so why on earth would you buy the round version of it?
As always with Cartier, they had their reasons for designing it, as it adds something that a square Santos doesn’t have. La Maison took inspiration for this from another one of their famed creations, de Cartier Ronde. Mixed in with the style elements of the Santos, you get a very captivating watch, with its distinct bezel with the signature screws. The case is remarkably slim, especially considering the fact that it is powered by an automatic movement. Quite honestly, it sits better on the wrist than its square sibling. The crown guards seem to come, elegantly sculpted, out of the case, and the crown features a faceted blue sapphire, which perfectly complements the blued hands.
While this watch was also offered in stainless steel, it is best to be enjoyed in steel/gold. This is because it gives the watch much more contrast and a casual chic appearance. It also makes the gold screws in the bracelet much more prominent. That bracelet is another area in which the Santos de Cartier Ronde excels. While it is already superb on the square model, this one adds something special to this. To match the design, Cartier curved the links so that they fall over each other like the scales of a snake. This further increases wearing comfort and looks stunning on the wrist. The clasp is crowned by the intertwined C in gold, a finishing touch that underscores this watch’s superb pedigree. While the square Santos is still part of the Cartier collection, the Santos Ronde isn’t. That makes it not only far more rare, but also an exquisite choice for discerning connoisseurs looking for something extraordinary made by one of the leading brands in watchmaking.
This Cartier Santos Ronde was recently fully serviced via the Cartier aftersales and will be delivered in like new condition – She will be sold with our 24 month warranty.
case number: CC2XXXXX
year of production: ca.1999
case diameter: 33mm
movement: Cartier signed automatic movement.
box and papers: this Santos is accompanied by a handmade and limited edition Molequin watch case.