No hype and no huge advertising, quietly, at the hurried Geneva Watch Show at the beginning of 2016, at the such luxury watch salon on the Cartier Booth. Behind the brand new Cartier Drive De Cartier, the iconic presence in Cartier watch collection is quietly reinvented and the brand new Santos 100 is released. Of course, if just because the appearance of what are the same as the previous models, but added some new colors for the consumer to choose, then there is nothing necessary to say indeed…However, everything is different when we know that the movement is the brand new home-made movement that is first debuted.
Strictly speaking, the Cartier Santos 100 is not the brand new model. After all, the Cartier Santos appeared in 1904, it is the model which for meeting a request from Mr. Cartier’s good friend – the Brazil pilot Albert Santos-Dumont, it is the first Cartier men watch. Hundred years of time passed in a hurry, despite the relentless years, the shape and style of Cartier Santos has not been large changed. And now the the pure black Santos 100, also is visible the original lines faintly. In 2009, Cartier released a black carbon-plated santos 100 which looks like this pure black one. Before it was discontinued, it had been in the Cartier’s catalog for 3 years. However this time, the Cartier is not “the old wine in a new bottle”, there are still some improvements worth exploring.
The old Cartier Santos 100 case is Stainless Steel and is coated with ADLC, in my opinion, it is the best replica watches for men. From the first glance it feels very similar to the 2016 model, but the old model is with simple inner bezel where is not treated by a coating processing only brushed titanium. The new Cartier Santos 100 is solid black with an ADLC carbon coating all over the body, including the inner bezel ( this time is Stainless steel) and the 8 screws. The Crown is also with ADLC coating, a blue stone on the top. The ADLC can be said to be a specific coating used by Cartier, similar to the DLC. The ADLC carbon coating can provide very strong resistance and superior scratch resistance and shock resistance. The hardness of the carbon-based coating material can be compared with diamonds, and also has some flexibility, you could not be afraid that the watch is scratched.
When you are looking at it closely, you will find even if the ADLC coating exists, the other decoration on the cases are not affected including the brushed details and the flanks and the chamfer polishing and the 8 screws are also processed by polishing process; the black fabric strap seems a extension of the dial, cool and calm. The size of the case reached 51mm * 41.3mm, although sounds a bit scary, surprisingly the feeling of wearing on the wrist is very comfortable and will not easily shift, mainly due to the very appropriate curvature of the watch lugs.
When it comes to the dial, not much to say, it still be used the large Roman digital style, the traditional Cartier font and digital time scale 7 o\’clock Cartier logo, the hands is still the familiar sword-shaped design. So what changed? Yeah, if you are sharp-eyed, the Red second hand would appear at your first glance, which making the full black model not very dark.
In fact, the biggest surprise is hidden inside the watch. The Cartier Santos 100 watch has been used for decades of ETA movements; although it is accurate and reliable, lacking of appropriate sense of luxury. This time, the Cartier Santos 100, covering this Black ADLC watch, will be equipped with Cartier entry-level but from its own movement – cal.1847 mc, a automatic movement with relatively simple structure, the vibration frequency is 4Hz, providing 42 hours power reserve, reliable and durable. Cartier movement in Cartier watches, Im afraid it will be another great mass fervour of Gold. Without comments, the black Cartier Santos is worth cherishing. Buying one for your friends, or husband, or father, they will love it more than words.