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Santos Dumont Skeleton




Skeleton watches are a signature for the house of Cartier, which has long mastered the art. This year, to highlight its Santos-Dumont watch (first created in 1904), the brand launched a special 212-part 9629 MC automatic skeleton movement that was two years in the making. Paying tribute to Alberto Santos-Dumont, who was often seen flying his dirigibles around Paris, Cartier creates a miniature micro-rotor in the shape of the Demoiselle plane designed by the pilot in 1907. The micro-rotor, seen in the aperture on the lower left corner of the dial, seems to be flying over a globe. This limited edition of 150 individually numbered pieces in 18-karat yellow gold has navy lacquer on the bezel, case and skeleton bridges.


Price ($)41,600
AwardsTop 50
Price range< $100,000
Water resistance30m
Power reserve range (hours)24 - 48
Power reserve44 hours
Case sizeSmall (<31mm)
Case diameter (mm)31
Case height (mm)8
Case backTransparent
Case colourGold
Case materialTitanium
Dial materialSapphire
Limited editionLimited edition
Caliber9629 MC

Prized as one of Paris' most prestigious luxury brands, Cartier has a reputation cemented in majesty. Having served many royal figureheads including fashioning King Edward VII's coronation tiaras, the brand is suited for the best of consumers. Their timepieces prove no exception, as Cartier is also renowned for its cutting-edge watches that are often resold for a premium price at auction due to high demand. A necessity watch connoisseur, Cartier timepieces flaunt both technical and aesthetic perfection.From its square-faced Santos de Cartier watches, the smooth rotundity of its Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection, or the ravishing La Panthére de Cartier collection featuring two leopard heads that consume the watch face, Cartier lines align with all tastes and occasion while utilizing modern mechanism. As intriguing as its name suggests, the Cartier Masse Mystérieuse that debuted in 2022, showcased the amazing developments that Cartier has achieved to date. Part of its Rotonde de Cartier collection, the timepiece flaunts agility; its movement entirely built into the oscillating weight that powers the watch.

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