Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch

Recently we had already had a look at the new Cartier Santos collection which was launched at the recent SIHH. But Cartier also launched a new Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch. Which has mostly identical features but a few that set it apart.

Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch in rose gold

Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch

This new version of the Santos skeleton watch is identical on most details. Keeping the aesthetics of the Santos intact mostly. The square shape of the watch remained mostly unchanged which also goes for the remarkable screws in the bezel and bracelet. We’ve seen the skeleton movement in the Santos collection before. However the biggest visual change is the shape of the bezel which now connects fluently into the bracelet.

Santos de Cartier Skeleton Watch in stainless steel

As we’ve talked about in an earlier post the magic words for the SIHH 2018 must have ‘interchangeable straps’. Where an endless amount of brands presented this feauture, so did Cartier. They named it their ‘QuickSwitch’ system. Having a system like this wil prevent damage to the case while changing straps for those who wish to do that. Forget about a pin tool, toothpick or even a fork. Yes we watchgeeks use about about anything to change a strap. All it takes is the simple push of a button that does the trick now. Quite convenient for those who like to change the look of their watch.

For the metal bracelet there is an additional feature. Metal bracelets aren’t exactly known for having the right size when you buy a new watch. The new metal bracelet on the Santos comes with a convenient ‘SmartLink’ system which makes it easy to change the length at just a push of a button. On the back side of selected links there is a little button which releases the bar. This way you can easily change the amount of links without damaging you bracelet. Where the previous model featured a hidden clasp which you had to pull out, the new version comes with a logo on the clasp and little pushers to open it.

What sets it apart

Where the Cartier Santos comes with the Automatic 1847 MC movement, the Skeleton version features the calibre 9619 MC and 9611MC. Unlike the automatic 1847 both skeleton movements are hand wound only. As one the watches come in standard and precious metals this also goes for the movements. To narrow down options, the Santos skeleton watch only comes in a large version. It measures just under 40mm in width. The great thing about the new Santos collection is that it comes with a bracelet and leather strap. So depending on your taste or mood you can choose which fits best. With a wide selection of calf and alligator straps there should always be something to match your taste.

All combined it’s great to see the new Cartier Santos and it sure looks good. Although a quick release system isn’t something you will use a lot it sure is convenient. You would almost wonder why it took this long to have something like this integrated into your watch. But the new bezel design is something that needs some ‘landing time’ for me. Yes it works amazingly well combined with a leather strap. However I have to get used to the looks of it when worn on an metal bracelet due to the different finishes.

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Technical Specifications

Reference: WHSA0007 (stainless steel) WHSA0008 (rose gold)
Case material: Rose gold and stainless steel
Dimension: 39.8 x 47.5mm (large size only)
Movement: Cartier caliber 9619 MC (gold) 9611 MC (steel version)
Power: 72 Hours from manual winding
Water resistance: 100meter / 10ATM
Dial: Skelton dial in the shape of numerals
Strap: Leather strap and bracelet matching the case material with quick release system.
Special note: Comes with an additional strap
Cartier Santos Skeleton Watch price $26,800 in steel and $63,500 in gold. (MRSP excl. VAT, prices may vary depending on location.)


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