Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the replica cartier watches
brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention.
Cartier Santos de Cartier Santos 100
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practically synonymous with the brand name itself. In 1904, the famed aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the difficulty of checking his pocketwatch while flying his aircraft. Cartier went to work, and his solution was almost certainly the replica cartier Ballon Bleu
first wristwatch created specifically for an aviator. The innovation allowed Santos-Dumont to keep both hands on the controls while setting airborne speed records, which were determined by measuring the time taken to travel specified distances. Santos-Dumont was so taken with his Cartier wristwatch that he wore it religiously when flying.
A commercial version of the Art Deco-style watch launched in 1911, and today Cartier offers three collections bearing the Santos name. Our featured watch is the Santos de Cartier Santos 100, and it is one of the most recognizable timepieces in the world. Cartier offers it in two sizes ¨C medium at about 44 x 35 mm, and large at about 51 x 41 mm (shown below). Both watches are powered by automatic-winding mechanical movements not manufactured by Cartier. The replica cartier santos
medium model in steel on an alligator strap retails for $6,500, and the large version is priced at $7,300.
Cartier Santos 100
The Cartier Santos 100 is an instantly recognizable design, and the large version is a strong presence on the wrist.
The remainder of our selections feature Cartier¡¯s own manufacture movements. If you seek one of these, look no further than Cartier¡¯s recently released Tank MC. The ¡°MC¡± stands for Manufacture Cartier, signifying the movement¡¯s origins. Dating to 1917, the Tank design has certainly achieved icon status. Though it follows in a time-honored line, the Tank MC is an all-new design with modern dimensions. At 44 x 34 x 9.5 mm with slightly curved lugs, the Tank MC hits the Goldilocks ¡°just right¡± zone on the wrist, and it plays well with dress-shirt cuffs.
The silvered flinqu¨¦ dial is exquisitely executed, and behind it you will find the in-house 1904-PS MC movement. The ¡°1904¡± represents the year Louis Cartier created the Santos watch, described above, and ¡°PS¡± signifies petite secondes. The 1904 MC calibers are constructed with twin mainspring barrels running in series to deliver more consistent torque over the 48-hour power reserve. The rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings, and it winds very efficiently in both directions. The movement is visible through a sapphire display back.
The Tank MC in stainless steel on an alligator strap with a deployant buckle is priced at $7,000.
Cartier Tank MC
The Tank MC lets you enjoy Cartier¡¯s signature Tank look in a modern size with an in-house movement.
The recently launched Calibre de Cartier Diver has received positive reviews for its looks, and its integrity (in both the physical and the moral sense). This watch is the third member of the Calibre de Cartier family, and in our opinion, the design codes work especially well in this iteration. The design is a distinctive departure in a sea of dive watch look-alikes. Some may feel that Roman numerals don¡¯t belong on a sports watch, but in this incarnation, they tell those in the know who made this watch.
The Calibre de Cartier Diver¡¯s case measures 42 mm in diameter, and it is only 11 mm thick, which is slender for a 300-meter diver. It is powered by the in-house caliber 1904-MC. Given the Diver¡¯s resemblance to the Calibre de Cartier automatic, it¡¯s important to note that Cartier did not simply add a countdown bezel to that watch and call it a day. That would have been the easy, and perhaps the most profitable, approach. Kudos to Cartier for not taking the easy path.
Instead, under the watchful eye of its resident horological guru, Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier went much further than most manufacturers to insure that this watch has genuine dive-watch cred. Each watch is certified under ISO 6425, the official standard for any timepiece calling itself a dive watch. Among many other things, the certification means that every watch is tested to 125% of its rated depth before leaving the factory. Few manufacturers perform that level of testing.
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- Museum Facts
- The fire station was built in 1907 as home to Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3.
- All materials for the station came from Dallas or surrounding areas in Texas.
- The station and its firefighters operated with distinction from 1907 to 1975, playing a vital role in the fabric of the neighborhood and the City of Dallas.
- In 1968 the City of Dallas Fire Counsel, made up of 30 citizens interested in the fire service, met to discuss the idea of a Museum.Â A feasibility study justified the creation of a Museum and soon thereafter, the Fire Counsel recommended the establishment of a Museum.
- In 1970, the Dallas Firefighters Museum was incorporated as a non-profit organization andÂ a 50-year charter was granted by the State of Texas
- Completed in 1972, prior to the opening of the State Fair of Texas, the City declared the Museum a City of Dallas Historic Landmark.
- The Museum opened in May 1972.
- Â Through mainly donations, the Museum leaders have amassed a collection of over 2,000 artifacts including collections of helmets, badges, hats, nozzles, historic photographs and apparatus.Â Of the 11 trucks, engines and carts in the Museumâs collection one stands out:Â Old Tige, an 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper named after then Mayor W. L. Cabell.
- There are over 100 years of firefighting history in the Museum.Â Firefighters come from all over the world to visit.
- The Museum has retained the historic dormitory that was a part of the firehouse, including the brass pole used by firefighters to give them an advantage in getting to the fire.
- Currently, the Museum averages 3,500 visitors per year, with over half of them children.
- The Dallas Firefighters Museum is associated with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dallas Historical Society and Fair Park.
- Funding for the Museum is provided through the generosity of fire fighters and admission fees.Â Of the 1,700 firefighters in the Fire Department, over 1,400 contribute monthly to the Museum.
- The mission of the Dallas Firefighters Museum is to provide the City of Dallas a well-attended historical and educational asset.Â The Museum will teach fire safety, honor fallen heroes of the Department and preserve firefighting heritage.
- In 2009, the Museum Board and the City of Dallas agreed to a 30-year, long term lease of the fire station as the home of the Dallas Firefighters Museum.
- The Museumâs Board of Directors are working to secure its future and strengthen the educational arm of the Museum to ensure that citizens of Dallas are safe and that the lives of the men and women of Dallas Fire-Rescue are honored and history is preserved.
- The Museum Board has quietly launched a capital campaign to create an interactive Fire and Life Safety Education Center, and all of the renovations that will require.Â Plans identified a need of $5.6 million for building upgrades and renovations. The Board will seek $4.4 million in endowment funding to expand programming, scholarships and insure the future of the Museum.
The Dallas Firefighters Museum has anchored itself in Dallas as a sought after tourist attraction âthat will be a place where time is suspendedâ¦a place where rookie and old-timer alike may stand for a moment, with hat in hand, and perhaps give a silent thought to all those smoke-eaters who have gone beforeâ¦âÂ