Santos de Cartier

The first modern watch meant to be worn on the wrist.



The design of the Santos de Cartier watch epitomizes Cartier watchmaking, drawing on the concept of form, a taste for minimalism, the precision of proportions and an eye for detail. It was the Maison’s first square watch, designed for the wrist at a time when the pocket watch was round. The screws, traditionally hidden in watchmaking, are made visible and become an aesthetic code of the collection.



Louis Cartier granted the wish of the famous aviator, Alberto Santos- Dumont, to tell the time while in flight. All of his projects were guided by the desire for progress and 3 main principles: simplicity, practicality, innovation. Louis Cartier revolutionized watchmaking by creating the first modern watch for Santos-Dumont, intended to be worn on the wrist.


With each decade, Santos de Cartier has taken on new forms, reinvented to reflect the times. One thing remains the same with each iteration: it’s always designed for those that aim higher.