I’m a fan of Cartier’s Santos 100, a deceptively larger watch (51mm x 41mm) that wears quite nicely on even a mid-size wrist thanks to its curved case. If you don’t believe me try one on next time you are in a Cartier boutique — the Santos 100 is a tremendously comfortable watch on the wrist. This new “all black” color execution, dubbed “Carbon” for its amorphous-diamond-like-carbon case finish (ADLC), plays well with the masculine design of the Santos 100. Which is something I can’t say about the Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Carbon (pictured below) — I think it looks awful as an “all black” piece!
Cartier Santos 100 Carbon
51.1mm x 41.3mm black ADLC-finished steel case, automatic mechanical Cartier Caliber 1847 MC
Which one do you prefer?
Did You Know?
Louis Cartier created the Santos watch in 1904, sealing his friendship with the aviator Alberto Santos Dumont. The dial’s rounded angles and exposed screws made this an iconic timepiece. Although ironically today the “Santos-Dumont” model no longer has the exposed screws in the bezel. But the Santos 100 does.