Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton Watch In Steel For 2018 Hands-On

Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton Watch In Steel For 2018 Hands-On

Here’s some something worth mulling over: when was the last time an extravagance watch offered by one of the large enormous brands looked really more costly than it really was? While running high into the 20-thousands is absolutely not modest in any way shape or form, from far off the  Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton in steel is something that looks like it ran for double its retail cost. Really awful it only isn’t great, somehow.

All pictures by David Bredan

Is somewhat under $27k a great deal excessively, or is it the deal of the century for a widely skeletonized, modern-sized Cartier men’s wristwatch in steel? At the point when I take a gander at the all-steel wristband and case that is of identical refinement in the $6,900 “regular” Santos that was additionally presented at SIHH 2018 alongside this piece – and a large group of different stages to the Santos that we covered active here – I think close to 27 enormous ones is a significant stretch. Nonetheless, when I take a gander at the general effect that the widely skeletonized dial makes, I’m suddenly reminded of Cartier watches from ongoing occasions that got up to a couple of times (!) this much – and, in that regard, this is a somewhat startling undercut on those. Goodness, for the record, the piece debuted with a sticker price of $25,300 however is currently recorded for $26,800. Possibly it’s just me, yet some way or another ~$25k sounds substantially more competitive than $27k.


So what’s with this new piece? It must be said that such a watch isn’t something you see regularly from brands of Cartier-magnitude – and when they do appear, they do as such with a high-five-figure sticker price and a low twofold digit restricted version run. Cartier evidently understood its in-house potential with regards to delivering plates and connects and went crazy with one of its set up hand-wound types. Cartier didn’t say this yet on the other hand they didn’t need to, on the grounds that I had the gut intuition that this by each possibility won’t be an all-new development but instead, an emptied out interpretation of one of its generally existing types – one of numerous sharp moves to keep costs and the last cost down.

As such, I found the 9611 MC Cartier type in the steel Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton to be founded on the 96xx MC group of developments (I had no clue about what this type was called until a few seconds ago, yet the design of the extensions and skeletonization was disclosing to me this must indeed be founded on something previous). Simply take a gander at the 9602 MC and you’ll see exactly the same design of keyless works, gear train, gems, screws, etc – albeit that specific development has a major date include fitted onto its dial side, the caseback looks identical.

The bended front precious stone doesn’t provide the best survey insight. I discovered it mutilates or basically isn’t sharp when seen from certain points – and not due to its bended shape, yet rather its general quality that doesn’t provide as fresh a view as some different watches like, for instance, Grand Seikos do. Having shot more than 70,000 watch pictures with a similar camera and focal point arrangement (and a large number more on a past camera) I can now tell when I screw something up in my photography and when the gem only isn’t as great as possible be.


The completing improves the nearer you get. That’s on the grounds that the early introduction from a far distance is that of a machined look, with the broad brushed surfaces and the mechanical feel upheld by the dim haggles and springs that look back at you from the inside. The anglage anyway is pleasantly done, regardless of whether that also has an undeniably machined look. On the off chance that these are finished by hand, at that point Cartier needs to acknowledge my statements of regret – and maybe welcome us to visit the production and perceive how these are done over there… Because in the event that I follow the gleaming lines along the edges of the plates what I see is a CNC machine running along them –and not a specialist staying there with a small apparatus hand-cleaning these edges. It must be said however, that even on exceptionally top of the line pieces from some exceptionally very good quality brands (huge or something else), anglage is pre-done by the amazingly able CNC machines that are becoming increasingly more ubiquitous in the business – and the edges are just to be finished up and cleaned. On super top of the line stuff is the place where you can expect sharp inner corners where the two edges come together into a point, dissimilar to the round, CNC’ed corners that are obvious on such countless watches – including this one.

Two rather fascinating details about the manner in which the Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton is decorated include the way the brushed surfaces – and the whole dial side, besides – mirror the shade of encompassing light. This is marvel is definitely not another one, obviously, yet to the degree to which it is perceptible here merits referencing; as you’ll see with your own eyes in the two pictures above. One piece that truly stood apart for me as undesirable, and I surmise I am dwelling on petty distinctions here, is the little cam between the 4 and 5 o’clock lists – to one side hand side of the dial on the picture above. I understand it’s testing to make such small and delicate pieces look great, yet here it truly differentiates firmly against the noteworthy volume of the cut-out records and plates.

Now, onto a more emotional matter: extents and wearability. Possibly this is just in light of the fact that I fell outrageously enamored with the more modest Santos in red gold, however I think that its hard not to see this Large model with its filigree dial and huge, dugout like case odd, when combined. The watch felt weighty and level thus while it sat pleasantly on the wrist, I was left befuddled with regards to why Cartier didn’t trade this development into the more modest (for example “Medium”) Santos in steel that they likewise dispatched for the current year. Taking a gander at the development it unmistakably is an adaptable and, accordingly, little type. Look how near one another everything is. Cartier was shrewd about this so they could utilize this design, but with resized spans, in a lot more modest looks also. This love with a particularly enormous case is somewhat stuck previously, I think, where brands, including Cartier’s own haute horlogerie department could make madly complicated watches that were totally gigantic in size. This development, even (or maybe I should say: particularly) in this skeletonized structure would have looked more slick and proportionate with less sparkling metal encompassing it.

The new-for-2018 Santos line-up intrigued us with its great case with flawless completing and a lot of inventive and captivating details – like the combination of the bezel into the case, the perfectly bended and cleaned edge along the case profile, and the new QuickSwitch and SmartLink framework that considers device free tie changing and arm band change ( more details here ). As I’ve said over, one could maybe expect somewhat more to a great extent with regards to the case and wristband, however one more perspective on (that seldom actually works yet it kinda does here) is that the base model’s case and arm band are so acceptable, they don’t stand apart very as much on a watch that costs in a real sense multiple times as much.


All on the whole, this truly is a fairly striking method of sprucing up the Santos – one of the most grounded Cartier assortments now, to the extent I’m concerned. The case is of the “Large” type – Cartier’s issue with attire enlivened size definitions I desire to develop to acknowledge sometime in the future. “Large” in this occasion implies a 39.8mm wide and 9.08mm thick case – drag to-haul it’s definitely above 50mm however, making for what is indeed a generous, or should I say “Large” impression. The hands stay dainty – a Cartier characteristic that I additionally wish was a relic of days gone by – particularly on watches that have “Large” in their name. The 9611 MC type has an amazing 70-hour power save, so I get it ought to have the force to convey bigger hands as well. I have for since quite a while ago been an enthusiast of how Cartier coordinates minuscule Cartier text into the fine print of its Roman numerals – maybe the logo would’ve been exceptional set on the 7 or 8 o’clock index, yet I’m criticizing again.

It’s an animal of a watch as far as size, initial introductions, and in general design – however the filigree skeletonized look, I think, would have been a greatly improved match with 2018’s new and most welcome increases of more modest Santos models.

Nevertheless, I think the general bearing that we are seeing here is acceptable and the Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton is a positive development. It brings the inept costly peer down to the pricey value section – on the grounds that indeed, the last is by one way or another beneath the previous in my book. The manner in which the development was designed as it so happens and afterward exorbitantly skeletonized demonstrates a great deal of exertion, yet the innovative department ought to, at any rate as I would see it, have been a smidgen more daring with their selection of materials, sizes, and tones. However, I assume more forms are to come soon enough. I’m simply expecting not so much mercilessness but rather more class from in any event one of those.


Price for the Cartier Santos De Cartier Skeleton in steel is $26,800 – and even at that value I’m sure I’ll see some of these being exhausted in the wild soon. cartier.com