The new version of Santos has restored the appearance of Cartier Santos 100 ADLC Replica, which is the first time the brand has used amorphous diamond-like carbon as a case coating. ADLC is a nanocomposite coating that has properties similar to diamonds, including high corrosion resistance and scratch resistance, which improves the robustness of the case.
Just like the skeleton ADLC “octagonal star”, Santos ADLC is only suitable for the largest LM case. The case has a height of 47.5 mm x 39.8 mm and a height of 9.38 mm. It is a large but relatively thin replica watch. It is available in two versions: all black ADLC coated steel or two-color steel with ADLC frame.
Although the size of the case is the same as the standardLuxury Cartier Santos Replica, the appearance of the case of the new model is low-key. The frosted bezel, instead of the mirror polish on the standard model, only polishes the bevel of the edge of the case.
The stainless steel model has a dark gray dial that matches the shadow of the ADLC coating on the bezel. Although the Swiss Fake Cartier dial is monochromatic, it appears to be two tones due to the surface treatment-the inner dial is brushed vertically, which echoes the surface treatment on the bezel, which abuts the radially brushed chapter ring.
Like last year’s Santos Chronograph XL and the early Santos 100, both Replica Watches are equipped with rubber straps to mimic the links of the Santos bracelet and are equipped with actual screws. However, each option comes with an additional option. The stainless steel watch is equipped with a real stainless steel bracelet, the bracelet and link have a quick release mechanism, and the all black ADLC version of the bracelet is equipped with a matte black alligator leather strap.
The Cartier Fine Watchmaking collection has been the jeweller-watchmaker’s flagship range of timepieces, incorporating highly complicated movements into watches designed in traditional Cartier Replica style, albeit in very large cases.
But all of the Replica Watches are large, especially for classically-styled watches. The smallest is the mystery hours at 42 mm in diameter, while the grand complications are 45 mm.
The main difference in the new launches lies in the case material, with the Mysterious Hour Skeleton now available in either pink gold or white gold set with diamonds. And the Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon is similarly offered in pink gold, which creates a warmer, richer look for both.
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.