This year, the Parisian brand introduces two new limited edition models based on the fake Cartier Santos-Dumont XL Hand-Wound. First, and not presented here, is a costly platinum version with a light blue dial (reference CRWGSA0048, limited to 100 pieces). Second, and far more accessible (and probably also even more visually attractive), is this steel and rose gold Cartier replica watch with a whole new dial design (reference CRW2SA0025).
The novelty of this new limited edition is the dial. All the other features, including the XL case, are identical to the watch we reviewed last year. The XL appellation can be quite misleading. In reality, The high-end Cartier Santos-Dumont copy watch isn’t an XL-sized watch at all; it is more about compact dimensions and elegance. It measures 46.6mm in length, which is about as large as most 38mm round watches, but the width of the case is only 33.9mm – which is, admittedly, quite small compared to modern standards. Nothing wrong here; these small proportions are part of the inherent charm of the Cartier Santos-Dumont replica uk. The case, thanks to the Piaget-based hand-wound movement, is also pretty thin, at 7.5mm.
Small doesn’t mean that the watch lacks personality… Actually, far from that. The case of the Swiss Cartier Santos-Dumont fake watch is the direct descendant of the original 1904 model, with its thin lugs, beaded winding crown with cabochon and, of course, its screwed angled bezel. The central case is made of stainless steel with a vertically brushed surface and with a polished bevel running on the side. The bezel is executed in 18k rose gold and entirely polished. While I’m not usually a fan of two-tone watches, steel-and-gold certainly works well on the Santos-Dumont XL. It even reinforces its personality by drawing attention to the most distinctive element of its design: the bezel. It also adds warmth and a pleasant touch of luxury. All in all, with this combination of colours and the compact size of the watch, this best 1:1 fake Cartier Santos-Dumont XL Limited Edition is once again typical of Cartier’s vision of elegance. Not conservative, slightly original, effortlessly elegant, très dandy.
Where things change compared to the watches offered in the permanent collection is on the dial side. Normally, the XL model is available with a silver-coloured or dark grey dial with printed Roman numerals and a sunray-brushed pattern. This dial, which in my opinion lacks originality and depth, was the main flaw of the new Santos-Dumont. The new limited edition watch changes this drastically by updating most aspects of the dial.
First, the colour, which is now a warm and rather striking rosé. Second, the dial has a stamped guilloché-like pattern in the centre, adding depth and animation. Also, the signature Roman numerals have been replaced by applied, rhodium-plated Arabic numerals, once again changing the look of the watch quite dramatically. Finally, the hands are blued and echo the colour of the crown’s cabochon.
Turning the Cartier replica watch with black leather strap over, the closed caseback reveals an engraving of Alberto Santos-Dumont’s flying machine N°19 – a theme that was first used in the 2020 limited editions. Beating inside the case is the calibre 430 MC, which is based on the Piaget 430P, a 2.15mm hand-wound movement also used in the Drive Extra-Flat. Relatively simple, it is distinguished by its compact dimensions. Beating at 3Hz, it delivers a relatively short power reserve of 38 hours.
This steel-and-gold imitation Cartier Santos-Dumont XL Limited Edition is worn on a well-integrated dark grey alligator strap closed by a pin buckle. It is equipped with a quick-release system to change the strap without the need for tools.
AVAILABILITY & PRICE
The Cartier Santos-Dumont XL Limited Edition 2021 Steel-and-Gold reference CRW2SA0025 is a limited edition of 500 pieces. It is now available for orders and is priced at EUR 6,960 (excl. taxes) or USD 8,350 (excl. taxes).