Cartier Santos 100 Carbon Edition

written by YWH team 10 September 2016
Cartier Santos 100 Carbon
Quick specs Cartier Santos 100 Carbon
Price: € 7.300 | $ 7,600
Size: 51.1 mm x 41.3 mm
Reference: WSSA0006

A new star in the Santos family: the Cartier Santos 100 Carbon. Well, it’s not made from carbon but it is steel with an ADLC (Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. To meet the black wave which is trending is the watch world. 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?

The Cartier Santos 100 Carbon isn’t the first black watch from Cartier

Let’s go back to the year 1904. In that year Louis Cartier created a watch for his friend, the Brazilian aviator Alberto 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.

In 2002 Cartier launched a bowed version of the Santos, the Santos 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.

There are two lines of the Santos now: the Santos-Dumont and the Santos 100

Nowadays there are two Santos lines: the Santos-Dumont with nine models and the Santos 100 with four models. This Cartier Santos 100 Carbon 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. 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. And yes, the blue stone on the crown is still there.

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 Santos model was already ahead of its time.

Technical data Cartier Santos 100 Carbon
Cartier 1847 MC | Automatic | Diameter: 25.6 mm | Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz) | Jewels: 23 | Hours, minutes, seconds, date | Power-reserve: 42 hours
Case & dial:
Dimensions: 51.1 mm x 41.3 mm | Thickness: 10.34 mm | Steel and ADLC case | 7-faceted crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel | Black dial | Sword-shaped hands in steel and luminescent material | Sapphire crystal | Water-resistant to 10 bar (approx. 100 metres)
Black calfskin | Steel triple adjustable folding clasp
Price Cartier Santos 100 Carbon:
€ 7.300 | $ 7,600

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