The newest collection, known officially as the Santos De Cartier Replica Watch, has twelve different models offered in “medium” and “large” sizing at 35.1-mm and 39.8-mm, respectively. Ten of these models use the traditional black and white dial, having been released in steel, steel and yellow gold, yellow gold, and rose gold; the two other models opt for skeletonized dials and a different movement from the rest of the updated collection.
On the side of the case is a pair of curved crown guards protecting the sapphire-tipped mechanism. Within the screw-down bezel, which mirrors the dimensions of the case, is the familiar dial configuration of the Cartier Replica line— with black, italicized Roman numerals printed on the outer edge, a square-shaped inner minutes “ring” cleanly framing the central, blued steel sword hands indicating the time.
It comes on the heels of last year’s commemorative century celebration of the iconicBest Replica Cartier Tank, and — although not explicitly — marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Santos model which transitioned the series towards a larger audience.
Besides this, it has suitably replaced the old and easily forgotten Santos 100 collection, and has accomplished this not by overhauling the historical design of the series, but by recalling both luxurious nature of the antique models and the modernizing features of the ‘70s in a better-integrated design.
Cartier Santos de Cartier Chronograph in steel and yellow gold
Each of the new watches is tied to a Santos-Dumont aviation theme. The Santos de Cartier Replica, which is available in all rose gold, two-tone yellow gold and steel, and steel and black DLC, draws its inspiration from the flying speed records that Santos-Dumont set, the earliest of which dates all the way back to 1906, and the devices used to time those speeds.
The dial has a classic tricompax design, with subdials at 3, 6 , and 9 o’clock, a date window at 6 o’clock, and Cartier Replicawell-known Roman hour numerals surrounded by a minute scale.
Mounted on either an alligator leather or rubber straps, steel or gold bracelets, the watches all featureCartier Santos Replicapatented QuickSwitch system for easy changing of straps and the also-patented SmartLink size adjustment system to easily remove links from the bracelets to adjust their size without tools.
This glow-in-the-dark take on the Santos has a 39.8-mm case made of stainless steel with an ADLC coating, housing the Replica UK Cartier Caliber 9612 MC, with manual winding and a 72-hour power reserve. The watch is offered on suitable nocturnal-look black or gray leather straps, equipped like the Chronograph models with the QuickSwitch system.