The Dark Elegance Cartier Santos 100 Carbon Watch Replica was designed for pioneering aviator Albert Santos Dumont, who wanted to be able to tell the time while flying back in 1904 – so simplicity and maximum legibility was front of mind. This year Cartier has reintroduced the Carbon Santos 100 in the tough-looking (and virtually scratch-proof) black ADLC coating.
Cartier Santos 100 Carbon Watch Replica is renowned for its square and rectangular timepieces, and aside from the Tank, the Santos 100 is one of their most iconic designs. These day’s it’s often the model for those that are looking for something a little bolder, and at 51.1mm by 41.3mm the Santos 100 is plenty bold. But even though the watch is fully blacked out, it’s unmistakably Cartier. Bringing the black Santos 100 back makes perfect sense when you think about it.
Until 2012, if the regular metal versions of the Cartier Santos 100 Replica weren’t your thing, you could opt for a version decked out in ADLC (amorphous diamond-like carbon). What’s different this time around? Well, now you get the in-house 1847 MC automatic movement, which adds value and shows that Cartier is still committed to integrate manufacture movements across their collections.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Cartier’s only men’s release of 2016 was the Cartier Replica Watch. But in addition to this handsome new collection Cartier decided to revive one of the dark horses of their collection – the Santos 100 Carbon. This casually elegant watch, with its textile strap and popping red second hand, offers a dark counterpoint to the Drive de Cartier’s dressy elegance.