No stranger to most watch aficionados, George Cramer is well known within watch circles for his expertise on Cartier, contributions to a multitude of watch publications, as well as the excellent work showcased in his book “Cartier – The Gentlemen’s Files”. In this feature, we follow George on his journey into the fascinating world of Cartier timepieces. Tracing to decades back, George had been deeply attracted to the timeless creations from Cartier and was particularly fascinated with the linear and squarish forms that were favored by the Maison. He attributes his partiality towards the house that is often lauded for its pursuit in the creation of beautiful timepieces and objects to his background in the arts, which traces back to his time during Art School and the following years that saw him designing covers for gramophone records of classical music. Naturally, his first watch of choice was from Cartier – the wildly popular Santos de Cartier.
This reference was released in the late 1970s as a gorgeous two-tone steel and yellow gold model, featuring a distinct square dial and bezel with its signature screw motif that extends to the riveted steel bracelet. The popularity of the redesigned Santos de Cartier grew rapidly and by the 1980s, had risen through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after watches in the world. George, like countless others, was captivated by it. Click Time-Curated to continue reading.