A new star in the Santos family: the Cartier Santos 100 Carbon replica watch for sale. Well, it’s not made from carbon but it is steel with an ADLC (Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. Apparently everybody likes black watches these days. The question might be: should an all-time classic like the Santos be part of this fashionable trend? To meet the black wave which is trending is the watch world.
In 2002 Cartier launched a bowed version of the Santos, the Santo Galbée, which is French for bowed. A bigger version of the Santos Galbée called the XL Galbée (32 x 45.5 mm) was launched in 2005. In 2012 there were only two Santos models left in Cartier’s catalogue, both XL Galbée.
Cartier Santos 100 Carbon watch replica
Nowadays there are two Santos lines: the Santos-Dumont with nine models and the Santos 100 with four models. This Cartier Santos 100 Carbon copy watch is the latest in the Santos 100 series. It measures 51.1 x 41.3 millimetres and houses Cartier’s calibre 1847 MC. And it still has Cartier’s Santos signature. Which is a good thing. And yes, the blue stone on the crown is still there. The deep charcoal colour contrasts clearly with the white Roman numerals and rail-track, and the sword-shaped steel hands treated with luminescent material and the thin red hand indicating the seconds.
Let’s go back to the year 1904. In that year Louis Cartier created a watch for his friend, the Brazilian aviator Santos Dumont. Since then the Santos Dumont became iconic for Cartier. Models only in precious metals became famous all over the world. In 1978 Cartier launched the second edition of the Santos, now also available with ‘ordinary metals’ – gold with steel. The rectangular shape (29 x 41 mm), the screws, the white dial, roman numerals and blued baton hands, it was all still there. So Cartier’s signature remained.
It is certainly not the last Cartier following market trends, the Ballon Blue is also available in carbon black colour scheme. And it is certainly not the first Cartier in black. In 1924 a Cartier Santos made of black Bakelite was sold. Probably one of the first Cartiers not made of precious metals. That mens Cartier Santos copy watch was already ahead of its time.