The new Santos Replica Watch combines a sharply-finished case with a solidly-constructed in-house movement, along with the historical lineage of the Santos design. Beyond that, the Santos chronograph also appeals for the thoughtful design, like the subtly-positioned chronograph button at nine o’clock.
But it is a little large at over 43 mm in diameter, and feels chunky, though not as much as its predecessor. Inevitably, the Santos chronograph, regardless of design, will lose some of the elegance possessed by the time-only Santos.
Likewise, the new Luxury Fake Santos Chronograph XL is only available in one size – the case measures 43.3 mm by 51.3 mm and stands 12 mm high. It is no doubt large, but the case sits reasonably low on the wrist due to its curved case profile.
For now, the Cartier Replica is available in three iterations – steel with a black-coated bezel, steel and gold, as well as an all rose-gold model. Both the steel and rose gold watches are only available on a strap.
And the Cintrée is also an important design. Though it was not the first Tank design, the Cintrée – the word is French for “curved” – is perhaps the quintessential case shape.
With a colour in mind, the rest of the Luxury Cartier Replica dial had to be pinned down. The first step was the dial design – the obvious candidates were the dial found on the 2018 model and the earlier version with Arabic numerals.
And then came the colours, both for the dial and the markings. Mr Goldberger’s suggestion was a grey that resembled a slightly faded black dial, and at the same time I wanted something that would only reveal its colour up close.
So the choice was a dark grey with a radially-brushed surface – a surprisingly unusual finish for the Cheap Tank Cintrée Replica – instead of the usual fine graining or less common guilloche.