Cartier Santos 100 Watch

  • "W20098D6 replica" sounds like the marketing slogan for an all-inclusive vacation resort somewhere. "What you truly seek is Santos 100..." It is true, like other hobbies in life, high-end watches are a Santos 100 distraction, and offer some nice escape when wound properly. What Cartier actually means is "Santos 100 force escapement" - which is really what this new high-end technically-astute timepiece is all about. In this watch are clues to the future of the Santos 100 as well as insight as to what Switzerland's top watch makers are currently working on. The W69013Z2 replica doesn't do anything new, but it does do some existing things in a fresh new way.

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    The spirit of modern design comes through well in the Santos 100 which at first attempts to look classic, but ends up being more a futurist's versus purist's timepiece. Consider the off-centered dial for instance. Imagine that it took up the entire face. That is a modern, versus classic design, and when mixed with the range of industrial finishes on the dial, make for a technical, versus traditional look for the Santos 100. The hefty 48mm wide 18k white gold case size is another key indicator. GP, in more ways than one, may be saying "hello tomorrow, so long yesterday" in more ways than one.

    We are told that this is just the first Santos 100 model to be released. Details are scant, but given that this watch is not a limited edition, and that we are only given a view of the 18k white gold models means that Cartier has interesting plans for this technology. What I want to know is how delicate it is. This leads me to the discuss what the hell a Santos 100 force escapement even is, and what you are looking at. Well it is something that is meant to solve an age old question, and one that most watch makers like to gloss over.