Over a Century On, Cartier’s Santos-Dumont Remains Timeless

With over 100 years of history behind the Cartier’s face, this Santos-Dumont Hand-Wound 33.9mm Stainless Steel and Alligator Watch remains true to the traditional pocket watch alternative created way back in 1904. Revived for a modern customer base, the same timepiece that Mr Louis Cartier made for his close friend and pioneering aviator, can be yours, even without a plane.

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Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont wanted to tell the time without taking his hands off the yoke mid-flight. Much like Bruce Wayne goes to Lucius Fox when he needs some new gear, Cartier was the man who could give him the time of day, no matter how high he flew.

Instructions in hand, the first pilot’s timepiece was born, and now over a hundred years later, it’s back and ready to take flight. Crafted in the Maison’s workshop from polished stainless steel, this 33.9mm variation features a distinctive square case bordered by eight screws, almost like rivets in the side of an aeroplane.

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Fitted with what MR PORTER describes as “a supple alligator strap in the same navy hue as the cabochon that’s affixed to the crown.” And beneath its sapphire crystal glass, Roman numerals and blued-steel sword-shaped hands, a house signature. Delivered inside a scarlet red presentation box, the Cartier delivers the height of luxury and functionality for any and all pilots.

With a two-year warranty offered alongside every timepiece for all working parts and manufacturing faults for luxury watches, you can’t go wrong with any selection from MR PORTER.

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