the Santos by Cartier

April 8, 2011

Perhaps this watch had it’s Hey Day 20 years ago but that makes it a classic now, doesn’t it?  I love a two toned watch because it goes with everything.  Belt buckles, jewelry, hardware on your favorite bag, you never have to worry about clashing.

Louis Cartier (1875–1942) was a famous French watchmaker and businessman known worldwide for elegant and extravagant watch designs. He was passionate about mechanical pocket watches and had the goal of creating his own line of timepieces. Although Patek Phillipe created the first wristwatch in 1868, Louis Cartier is responsible for helping to popularize it over the traditional pocket watch.

In 1904, his Brazilian friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, an early pioneer of aviation, asked Louis Cartier to design a watch that could be used during his flights, since pocket watches were not suitable. Louis Cartier created for him the Santos wristwatch, which was also the first wristwatch made for men. The first Santos went on sale in 1911, the date of Cartier’s first production of wristwatches. In Rue de la Paix he designed timepieces with the help of Edmond Jaeger who agreed to supply Cartier’s watch line with movements.


2 Responses to “the Santos by Cartier”

  1. carol Says:

    I wear a Movado with a round face much like this one. And I own my mom’s old classic black rectangle Cartier. I used to collect watches to wear, but now I only wear these two.
    Yesterday’s New Orleans cottage in the NY Times Style section might interest you.

  2. bill barr Says:

    Watches for a man are an opportunity to accessorize without looking over embellished, I certainly don’t have all of these… but I’m working towards it.

    And, thx for the tip on NY Times, I’ll check it out! Enjoy your weekend.

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