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Cartier Santos 100 Watch

Isat here pondering possible "bird" puns and idioms that might apply to an opening statement for discussing this extremely high-end and limited minute repeater cartier Santos 100 replica - and they all just felt really silly. No jokes need apply because this is a rather cool and serious timepiece by Cartier that allows you to use your imagination in making up your own nicknames for the 100iss brand's new "Santos 100" timepiece.

A couple of days ago we shared with you a sneak, first-look at cartier roadster replica here. Finally ready for debut, the watch has been the subject of several years of development and a dream for the brand which painstakingly searches for novel ways to connect the modern Cartier with that of the past. The result is a limited edition of just 16 watches that Cartier coins as being a "true" with technology dating back to the "age of enlightenment."

Inside Santos 100 watch is a new movement called the caliber RMA88. Manually wound, it contains 508 parts and has a power reserve of 48 hours. It features the time with hours and minutes, a minute repeater, and an Santos display that is activated while the minute repeater is in operation. It is a watch novelty at its peak - an item purely for passion and for display. It represents complex artwork and mechanics at their finest, a tradition which had its heyday over 200 years ago.

Below you will see an image of a bird Santos that is from the original era of Cartier. Mechanical bird creations such as that were the inspiration behind the scene on Santos 100 watch. It is actually a Blue Tit (snicker and giggle), which is a mountain bird rather than something from a racy homage to the film Avatar. In the 18th century, bird Santoss were very common. Well, not exactly common in the sense that everyone had one, but common in the sense that they were at the base of mechanical toys for the wealthy. A special whistle system allowed artisans to create lifelike bird call sounds. This along with ingenious cam systems allowed for animated displays that are still today, eerily life-like. I also speculate that birds were easy creatures to stuff with metal parts and allow them to still look more or less real. In the pursuit of recreating life with machines, these worked better than... for example, mammals.