Cartier Santos-Dumont XL Skeleton Titanium DLC (Ref. W2020052) W/ Box & Papers
The Cartier name is synonymous with luxury and has been since the brand's inception in 1847. Offering bespoke and unique jewelry to the world’s elite allowed Cartier to steadily grow through the 19th century and eventually introduced new offerings to their clientele. Cartier’s first timepiece was actually the world's first aviation watch and was introduced in 1904, only a year after the wright brothers' famous first flight in 1903. The inspiration for this timepiece came from Louis-Francois Cartier’s close friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, an early Brazilian pioneer in aviation, after becoming frustrated using a pocket watch to time his flights, which during this time were under a minute. The Santos-Dumont hit Cartier's showrooms in 1911 with a Jaeger-LeCoultre movement and introduced the rest of the world to the iconic art deco design that today, remains only slightly changed.
The Santos or Santos-Dumont, depending on the model, has seen some incredible reimaginings since its original inception, though retaining its original spirit. The ref. W2020052 is an exquisite modern evolution of the Santos-Dumont boasting the Cartier brand's attention to modern Haute horology. Cased in a large yet lightweight 38.7 X 47mm titanium case with a sleek DLC finish, we're able to see the entirety of the inner workings of the watch movement through the openwork or "skeletonized" construction of the dial and case back. Not skimping on the quality of the rest of the timepiece the buckle consists of 18k gold finished in a similar DLC coating as the case. This specific example remains completely unworn and comes complete with all of its original accessories including the original packaging.
|Millimeters||38.7 X 47|
|Bracelet||Black Cartier Strap W/ DLC Finished 18k Gold Deployant Buckle|
The titanium DLC case remains completely unworn. The sapphire crystal and open work case back are clean and free from scratches. The original black Cartier strap and 18k gold DLC deployant clasp remain unworn as well.
The skeletonized dial and hands are flawless.
The watch comes complete with its original watch storage box, folding booklet box, open guarantee paper, hangtag, service papers, and original bubble wrapping.