A TOUCH OF ELEGANCE
With this new chronograph, one of the stars of the recent SIHH, the brand has brought extra soul to a great watchmaking classic. We take a closer look.
Making a fresh start. This is the aim of the Cartier Santos Chronograph. Although the watch has the same basic DNA as the original model, it still stands apart from the previous versions through technical innovations that influence the final design. So out go the two monopushers to be seen, for example, on the Santos 100. And in comes a simpler outline with the presence of a column wheel chronograph mechanism to measure split times, with a pusher at 9 o’clock that is perfectly incorporated into the watch case. A light press on the button launches the central second hand. Another press stops the clock. To reset to zero, you just need to press the crown at 3 o’clock. On the dial, the time information is displayed in the traditional way. The sword-shaped hands move around a minute track featuring Roman numerals, including a VII with the brand’s secret signature. A small second hand at 9 o’clock is used to check the calibre is working correctly. The two counters at 3 and 6 o’clock tot up the minutes and hours, respectively. Lastly, the date is shown in a counter at 6 o’clock.
In a rounded case (43.3 x 51.3mm), available in rose gold, a combination of steel and yellow gold or a blend of steel and ADLC, an automatic movement, the calibre 1904-CH MC, drives the watch features and provides 48 hours of power reserve once fully wound.
The Santos Chronograph comes with a new system of interchangeable straps known as QuickSwitch. Whether you prefer steel, alligator leather or rubber, you can dress your wrist quickly and easily and match the strap to your style.
Price from €7,200 (steel)
By Dan Diaconu