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  • Manufacturer: Cartier
    Year: Circa 2012
    Reference No: 3202
    Movement No: 1'679
    Case No: 437
    Model Name: Santos 100
    Material: Palladium
    Calibre: Mechanical, 9611MC, 20 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Green Cartier crocodile leather strap
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Cartier double folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 41 mm. wide
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Santos watch was first created in 1904 by Louis Cartier in honor of his friend, and aviation legend, Alberto Santos-Dumont. The aviator had previously lamented how cumbersome it was to check his pocket watch while flying, so Louis Cartier designed a wristwatch to address this problem. The Santos watch was subsequently born, and legend says that Santos-Dumont never wore another watch while flying ever again.

    Since 1904, Cartier has produced many variations of the Santos watch, making the model an instant classic within the watch community. The present watch, the Santos 100 rendered in palladium, is a unique interpretation of the now iconic watch. It features a skeletonized dial and case back, which gives the viewer a peek into the exceedingly complex process in which a watch is created.

  • Artist Biography



    With the Constitution of 1848 came a new standard for luxury in France. Founded one year prior by Louis-Francois Cartier, the house of Cartier was one of the first to use platinum in jewelry making. This incredibly expensive material became the stepping-stone for Cartier to experiment in form, mechanisms and attitude. It helped men move from pocket watches to wristwatches, effectively making the watch much more functional and prominent in a man's overall wardrobe.

    Cartier did not only touch on functionality. Inspired by a commissioned painting by George Barbier featuring a black panther at the feet of an elegantly bejeweled woman, Cartier began incorporating wild animals in his designs—most notably, Cartier Panthère rings, bangle bracelets and watches. Yet it wasn't until the late 1960s that the house of Cartier debuted their iconic yellow and rose gold LOVE collection, which includes the famous bracelet that only a special screwdriver can open. 

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Ref. 3202
A fine and rare palladium square skeletonised wristwatch

Circa 2012
41 mm. wide
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$150,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am