At SIHH 2019, we were surprised to see a stunning new historically inspired Santos-Dumont model. And to my eye it looks even better than the model from the now-defunct Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) line.
With its new dimensions, the AAA perfect replica Santos-Dumont is larger than Collection Privée Cartier Paris version.
And another huge difference – one that I like a lot – is the typeface of the numerals. Of course they are Roman, but now thinner and more stretched than we are used to, which gives the watch a highly vintage look more closely resembling the version from 1916.
Another new and important detail is the crown. Previous models had a relatively small crown, which made it sometimes hard to wind the watch and set the time. Swiss made fake Cartier chose a larger crown for this new model that again reminds me of early versions. These details make this new Santos-Dumont a real homage to the historical model.
Bigger and wider, a better grip is the result. Pulling the crown out and adjusting the hands is very comfortable, although that doesn’t need to be done much anymore thanks to the quartz caliber now powering the time display.
The biggest surprise, though, is the case itself. The historical lines of the classic Santos-Dumont case are retained in a beautiful way, with the case back held by four screws fitting seamlessly into the slim steel case. Alberto Santos-Dumont’s signature is engraved on the back just underneath the brand name.