Originally conceived as a pilot’s watch when it was created over a century ago – as one of the first-ever wristwatches in fact – the Santos is not even remotely sporty in the modern sense of the term. Instead the Santos is an elegant replica watch that is quintessential Cartier.Featuring a bezel and case covered in lacquer, the new Santos-Dumont was unexpected and certainly one of the most intriguing iterations of the models to date, yet it easily feels like quintessential Cartier.Though the case is inspired by a vintage Santos with a lacquered bezel dating from the 1920s, the new Santos-Dumont still feels satisfyingly original. It obviously reimagines a familiar design, one so familiar it might have even become tired, but manages to translates it into something entirely different.
While brightly-coloured dials are now common for dress watches, the same cannot be said of the case. As a result, this is one of the most interesting Cartier watches from a design perspective, which is an achievement, especially since the Santos has been around for so long.And the pricing certainly adds to the appeal. All three versions cost only slightly more than their non-lacquered equivalents, making each of them a compelling buy within their price category.While I appreciate traditional Cartier Replica Watches Onlinedesigns for their grace, such vintage-inspired pieces don’t offer much in terms of innovation or novelty. That isn’t a criticism per se, such designs are meant to resemble the originals after all, but the many iterations of an old design does diminish the appeal of the latest model.
A lacquered case, however, isn’t for everyone. Perhaps to cater to as many as possible, Cartier has created three starkly different variants ranging from the most subtle in rose gold and cream to the daring in platinum and burgundy.In between the two polar opposites in precious metal is the black-lacquered version in steel that calls to mind the Santos with a ADLC-coated bezel. This new AAA Replica Watches, however, this is more coherent in terms of style since the bezels and lugs are matched in black lacquer.There are three versions of the watch, but all are the same “Large” size, in between the Extra-Large and Small models.Interestingly, this in-between size is the least numerous of the three in terms of variety, as it is typically used for limited editions or pricier, precious metal models.
On the other hand, Small models are the most affordable, but very small and the only size that’s quartz, while the Swiss Cartier Replica Extra-Large case is very flat and wide and is available in all metals including steel.It makes sense for the platinum and gold versions of the lacquered Santos-Dumont to be in the compact Large case since it’s a more elegant size, but the steel-and-black model should arguably be Extra-Large given its more contemporary feel.The steel model looks just right with formal wear, so I like it as it is, though I imagine a larger size would give it the versatility to be a casual, everyday watch.
Regardless of the size, it’s the lacquered inlays that make this special. Flush with the case such that it seems to be a thin painted layer, the lacquered decoration is actually an inlay.The classic Cartier quality best replica watches dial is silvered and either grained or guilloche, but in recent years more finishes have become more varied and adventurous. Take for instance the latest Tank Must that has dial with a two-tone finish that’s the result of electrochemical texturing.In the same vein, the new Santos-Dumont has an unconventional finish. It’s essentially a modern guilloche that’s made up of deeply grooved lines in a concentric cubic pattern, with the lines widely spaced so the aesthetic is entirely modern.
A detail that emphasises the concentric cubic pattern is the contrast-colour railroad minute track, which is matched by an identically coloured logo under 12 o’clock. Both are done in colours that stand out from the dial, on the platinum model for example they are printed in burgundy.The minute track in particular is a subtle but bold detail that complements the dial pattern by echoing the case colour and functioning as a visual border for the dial.The standard Cartier Santos-Dumont fake swiss watches are elegant but conventional, while the Santos-Dumont Lacquered Case is special because it is different yet still elegant. It is arguably one of the few reinterpretations of a black-tie watch that is bold.