Cartier Santos-Dumont Replica each of the three new models begins with the iconic shape of the 43.5mm large Santos-Dumont case, and while the square form with its distinctive bezel remains unchanged, each of the three new models interprets it in a different material.
“La Baladeuse” takes the classic Fake Cartier 18k yellow gold approach, accented with a sapphire-topped crown. Around back, as the name suggests, is an engraving of the small, motorized “La Baladeuse” airship used by Santos-Dumont to fly around the city of Paris.
All three are powered by the in house 430 MC hand-wound movement, providing 38 hours of power reserve. The alligator leather straps are, for the most part, very traditional Cartier fare, with both “Le Brésil” and the “no. 14 bis” opting for clean gray, but the otherwise conservative “La Baladeuse” takes a left-field pairing with an earthy olive green tone strap.
Cartier Replica has made a reputation as a brand of preserving iconic forms, and this new engraved Santos-Dumont trilogy is an excellent example of this. While all three take the Santos-Dumont aesthetic in different directions, there’s nothing here that feels out of place or extreme.