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Santos-Dumont belongs to a brilliant line of people who changed the world on the strength of their independence and perseverance. He was more than a fearless aviator. His style, personality and sense of innovation made him a truly modern man.


After meeting Louis Cartier in 1900, their ensuing friendship was a catalyst for progress. In 1901, Santos-Dumont needed a wearable technology to keep time during his pioneering flights. The traditional pocket watch was far too impractical while handling the controls of his flying machines.


In 1904, Louis Cartier created a watch for Alberto Santos-Dumont, resulting in the first modern wristwatch.