Originally Posted by ljrcustom
I was at the cartier store on Newbury Street late Sunday afternoon. I had to pick up some pen refills and I was looking at the Santos Dumont in white gold. I really like the watch, but I honestly don't know anything about Cartier watches, so I am going to need to do a lot more research before I buy it.-LR
If you were looking at the regular Santos Dumont its a beautiful watch (it looks great in every version: white gold, pink, and yellow). It is one that has been on my list of possible Cartier purchases. The base movement is from Piaget (which is owned by the same parent company as Cartier) and their movements are fantastic, top quality, and as a brand they are often underappreciated. IMHO, its defintely one of the nicest time only dress watches particularly in the under $20K range. The other brand in the under 20K range to consider would be Piaget (their manual wind 40mm round Altiplano with a subdial for seconds at 10 o'clock is another fantastic watch). If you looked at the Skeleon Dumont, thats a truly amazing piece. The movement is made in house. The bridges are nickel (gold would be too soft on that watch) and they are plated in gold. Its a very cool, very elegant watch and a true conversation starter. They are also numbered. I am not sure how many they are making. In the Skeleton they are available in pink gold, white gold, and carbon coated which is black. The skeleton is about 2.5x the price of the standard Dumonts. If you are looking for more info check out www.troisanneaux.com my friend Geo who is serious Cartier collector owns that site and he moderates at the Cartier Forum on http://revo-online.com/forums/main/cartier.html There is also a pretty good Cartier Forum on Timezone.com . Good luck and feel free to PM or email if you need any other info on Cartier or resources. The boutiques also have some great reference materials that I enjoy reading if I am considering a particular watch from them.
Sorry we didn't get to meet up at Larz Anderson this year. The car won 1st in its class again. Maybe I'll see you at the car show next year.