Jaeger-LeCoultre flips PK Cartier Santos, who is the dominant player in the square watch field

Square watch and round watch as two different case forms, they go hand in hand and play an important role in the development of the watch. Speaking of square watches, the first thing that comes to mind is the famous Cartier Santos and Jaeger-LeCoultre flip series, both of which seem to have become synonymous with square watches. As for who is the absolute hegemon in the square watch field, I think everyone has their own answers in their hearts. Today, let us compare the performance of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier Santos from many aspects.

Ru Valley, Switzerland

Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier are both high-luxury brands, and the two series are relatively close in terms of positioning. Jaeger-LeCoultre was founded in 1833 in the Ru Valley, Switzerland, which is also known as the heart of Swiss watchmaking. Jaeger-LeCoultre has always been known for producing all kinds of movements with complex functions and precise structures, and has a number of invention patents, which have contributed to the development of the watchmaking industry.

Paris France

Cartier was founded in Paris in 1847 as a jewellery brand and has the reputation of “the emperor’s jeweler”. In addition to the prestigious jewellery of the brand, the strength of watchmaking in the high-end field cannot be underestimated. Its watchmaking factory in Switzerland masters almost all watchmaking links from rough material processing to final assembly, and also has a number of patented technologies.

Jaeger-LeCoultre flip series Q2788570

Speaking of the respective history of the series, the stories of Jaeger-LeCoultre and Cartier Santos are equally exciting. When playing polo in the past, athletes’ watches would often be damaged by external impacts, which caused a lot of inconvenience in use. In response to this, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched a watch designed for polo in 1931. With its clever design, the hard side of the stainless steel case bottom can be flipped up during exercise, so that it can resist external forces well. Shock, this is Reverso flipping the watch.

Cartier Santos in 1916

Cartier Santos was born in 1904. Although it is still controversial whether it is the “first watch in the world”, it is undeniable that its appearance has deeply affected people’s habit of reading time in the past. Since then, watches have entered from pocket watches. In the era of wristwatches, it can be said that Santos is of great significance in the history of wristwatches based on this alone.

Early Jaeger-LeCoultre flip ads

Nowadays, whenever people talk about Jaeger-LeCoultre flipping, they always classify it as a “formal watch.” But what’s interesting is that Flip, like Santos, also embodies strong athletic attributes at the beginning of its birth. Jaeger-LeCoultre Flip was originally a “sports watch” created for polo sports, but with the change of modern aesthetics, this simple design has now been classified as a “formal watch” category. The same is true of Santos. It was first designed for professional flying sports, but it is now mostly worn as a formal watch.

Cartier Santos Series WSSA0010

Although the same is a square table, the two expressions of “fang” are not the same. Cartier Santos inherited the iconic “square” dial design of the series, with well-proportioned proportions and iconic rivets surrounding the bezel. The Jaeger-LeCoultre flip uses a “rectangular” ratio of approximately 3:5. There is no excessive decorative embellishment around the case, and the lines are crisp and neat. Both adopt more retro elements in the design of the panel, which well continues the style of the original watch.

Cartier Santos series W20073X8

In terms of price, we compare the popular styles of their respective series. In the “Hot Cartier Santos” list, model W20073X8 ranked first with 1688 “likes” in the watch house quotation query. This watch is priced at RMB 53,000 and has a large diameter of 51.1 x 41.3 mm. . The representative of Jaeger-LeCoultre flip is the 48.5×30 mm model Q3738420, with a public price of 65,500 yuan. As far as the basic popular models are concerned, the price of Jaeger-LeCoultre flip is slightly higher than that of Cartier Santos.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal.976 movement

Both series have quartz, manual mechanical and automatic mechanical movements. Among their main styles, the well-known flips mostly use manual mechanical movements, and they are all self-produced by the brand. The modern Santos are mostly equipped with automatic mechanical movements, which is the difference between the two series in the way the movement is wound.

Jaeger-LeCoultre flip series Q7103420

In addition to the most basic three hands, the flip series also has watches with chronograph, dual time zone, universal time, power reserve display and other functions. Jaeger-LeCoultre, as a manufacturer known for complex movements, will also be hailed as “the three top watches The minute repeats, tourbillon, and perpetual calendar functions of “Technology” are integrated into the flip. It can be said that the series covers almost all complex functions. In contrast, although the Cartier Santos series also has timing, power reserve and tourbillon styles, the Jaeger-LeCoultre flip series is even better in terms of functional complexity.

Jaeger-LeCoultre flip PK Cartier Santos

In general, Jaeger-LeCoultre Flip and Cartier Santos are two representative square watch series, whose designs have been passed down to this day. Whether it is from the brand history, product positioning, and watch design, it can be called a classic. So who is the overlord of the Chinese watch field in your mind? Welcome to exchange views in the comment area.

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