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Battle of the bands

The new Santos de Cartier allows wearers to change the strap or adjust the bracelet without the need for tools.
The new Santos de Cartier allows wearers to change the strap or adjust the bracelet without the need for tools. PHOTO: CARTIER

Luxury brands are pulling out all the stops with easily interchangeable watch straps

Earlier this year, Cartier launched an updated version of its iconic Santos de Cartier timepiece, which made its debut in 1904.

The luxury brand retained the classic good looks of the square watch - designed for famous Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wanted to be able to tell the time while flying - but made it lighter with a case that is just 9mm thick. The bezel is also now rounded and tapers ergonomically into the lugs, making for a snug fit around the wrist.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2018, with the headline 'Battle of the bands'. Print Edition | Subscribe