As SIHH 2019 begins on the January 14, Cartier has unveiled a revamp of their trademark Santos de Cartier capsule. The Santos was Cartier’s flagship piece at the SIHH 2018, which received accolades for being an expression of simple elegance and classic Cartier design. The journey of the timepiece which began in 1904, was revived and modernised, and currently placed at the forefront of Cartier’s coterie of exquisite timepieces for the SIHH 2019. 

Classic White dial with beige leather strap variant

The timeless Santos capsule from 1904 saw new light in 2018 as the brand give it a much sportier aesthetic with a monochromatic dial, which stayed true to its original design. Notably, as a foremost successor to Cartier’s first ever wristwatch, 100 years of heritage can still be recognised in the 2019 Santos.   

Metallic straps
Gradient Blue leather strap

The Santos doesn’t get a radical facelift with this upgrade – the 8-screw treatment is considerably more noticeable now and carries its bolted sequence all the way through the straps on the gun-metal variant. A date window at 6 o’clock is also an element of Cartier’s classic elegance. The timepiece runs a calibre 1847 MC, which was first introduced on the 2015 Clé de Cartier. The 1847 is Cartier’s in-house manufactured movement, and boasts a 42-hour power reserve while running automatic. An efficient and minimalistic approach towards watchmaking.  

Santos de Cartier Large Model
Santos de Cartier Large model

One of the main updates of this new Santos de Cartier is the integration of a clever bracelet/strap device. The watches are all delivered with both a bracelet and a leather strap. The watch also features a quick release button on its straps which means, no additional tools are required to switch between straps. The bracelet also comes with an ingenious system to adjust the length of the bracelet developed by Cartier and known as ‘SmartLinks’. 

The Santos de Cartier Large Model comes in ‘Gradient Blue’ and ‘Classic White’ dial variants while being graced by Cartier’s standard and iconic Roman numerical indicators. Priced at  €6,600, the timepiece will be unveiled at the 2019 SIHH and pre-orders have already commenced. 

All images: Courtesy Cartier

Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.