January 3, 2010
by Ariel Adams
Cartier watches are undeniably sexy and have an excellent brand image. Not always the watch for when you want something horologically interesting on your wrist, they are a great default watch for days you want something “simply nice” on your wrist. Still a jeweler in spirit, Cartier strives for that polished high-end look as opposed to being overtly avant garde. Conservative and nice is their main design drive.
My personal favorite line in the Cartier watch collection is the Santos. The 100 XL is their larger version of the watch, the standard model is a bit small for my tastes. At 38mm wide and tall the square 100 Xl Santos does not sound too large, but as a square shape it is a good substantial size on one’s wrist without being silly in size. Of the coolest versions is this 18k rose gold and rubber model. While it is very sporty, the black with gold look is beautiful. I love how the Cartier Roman numeral style melds with the hues. Really attractive with a timeless quality to it.
Compared to many other watches out there Cartier watches are simple, but the devil is in the polish and the details. The refined designs are flattering to the wearer and function well as timepieces. The smooth sides of the square Santos are enhanced by screws on the rubber coated black bezel and on the segmented rubber strap. Contrasting finishes of polish and brushed finished adorn the surfaces of the case. The dial is angular and sharp in its lines, while the case itself has softer curves to it. A utilitarian feel comes from the bolt style crown – finished off with a jewelry style black jewel cabochon in it.
Inside the watch is an automatic mechanical movement and the watch itself is water resistant to 100 meters. This is a higher-end sports model from Cartier as it is in gold, and there is also a chronograph version available. You may opt for an alligator strap that I am sure can be attained (watch has a 22mm wide strap). Retail price is a bout $20,000, but you can usually find it from $15,000 – $18,000. All part of the cost of Cartier ownership.
See this Cartier Santos 100 XL watch on James List here.