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Cartier Icons: Cartier Saints

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Google “world’s first wristwatch” and depending on which page you land on, you’ll read at least 3 different stories from 3 different brands claiming theirs was the first. And while there’s no way to verify which has the more accurate history, no one can argue thatSaints of Cartierit is the most durable of all since its creation in 1904. A true icon in its own right, it was created especially for the famous Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos Dumont, who told Louis Cartier that he needed a better way to tell time while in flight. .

The rest, as they say, is history, and walk into any Cartier boutique today and you’ll find two lines ofSaintswatch that is still in production. The first, theSantos-Dumont,has a collection of watches that are similar in design to the one worn by the Brazilian aviator, while theSaints 100it’s the thicker, sportier model that comes with exposed screws.

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As for me, I’ve always been a fan ofSaints 100, and having tried it more than once, I’m still drawn to its geometric shape accented with exposed screws. One of those rare pieces that won’t look out of place on your wrist, whether you’re dressing up or down, the Santo 100 now comes in a variety of finishes, from an all-steel case and bezel, to an all-steel case adorned with an 18 karat yellow gold bezel. Then there is the last iteration, theSaints 100in all-black ADLC shown above.

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And if you want to know which one I have put in my heart, it is this, theSaints 100steel that makes my heart beat so fast every time I see it. A beautiful beast of a watch, I’ll have to cough up the9600 SGDnecessary to bring this baby home and use it for a long, long time. After all, if it’s been around for 113 years, this true icon will have no problem being relevant (and sought after) for another hundred years.

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