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Santos de Cartier Dual Time is a testament to timeless design nous

 
Santos de Cartier Dual Time is a testament to timeless design nous

One thing Cartier does particularly well — more so than most other watchmakers — is its penchant for reinvention. Pieces such as the Cartier Tank and Santos-Dumont that remain steadfast despite the constantly blowing winds of change are not just a testament to the timelessness of Louis Cartier’s design nous — they are also symbolic of the maison’s ability to reinvent itself without losing the essence of elegance and artistry that defines it.

This year, while the Cartier Santos de Cartier Dual Time understandably hogs most of the limelight, this three-hander arguably deserves some time in the sun as a tangible symbol of what the maison stands for — elegance and timeless reinvention. While the movement and dimensions — an automatic 1847 MC movement in a 39.8mm square case — remain largely unchanged from previous releases, this piece sports a retro yellow gold case and bracelet with a satinfinished gradated golden-brown sunburst dial with matching yellow gold Roman numerals and hands. The result is a watch reminiscent of Cuban shirts and Havana sunsets from the 1970s that translate to a sense of cinematic elegance.

Photography Jaya Khidir

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