Hands-On with the Cartier Santos 100, Now with an In-House Movement

By Su Jia Xian

Cartier recently reintroduced the Santos 100 Carbon with minor aesthetic tweaks and more importantly, the in-house 1847 MC movement. Here’s a hands-on look, with original photos and pricing.


One of the most famous square watches ever, the Cartier Santos started life as an early wristwatch conceived for Brazilian aviator Albert Santos-Dumont in 1904. Over the last century the Santos has evolved into myriad forms, including the Santos coated in scratch-resistant amorphous diamond-like carbon (ADLC), now equipped with an in-house movement for the first time. The Santos 100 Carbon was only just unveiled at SIHH 2016, alongside the similarly styled Ballon Bleu Carbon.

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