Cartier’s Santos 100 XL Is Timeless in 2010

It’s hard to match the timeless glamour of Cartier. Just ask Kate Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor or Russell Brand who was reportedly shopping in December for a diamond sparkler at Cartier in London.  And for just around $20,000, you too can share in Cartier’s timeless luxury sporting 2010’s boldest timepiece, the Santos 100 XL Rose Gold with Rubber Strap watch.

Known for their superior craftsmanship, Carier’s Santos 100 XL is generously sized, water-resistant and features delicate sides enhanced by screws on the rubber coated black bezel and segmented strap. The luxurious dial is angular and sharp in its lines, while the case itself is enhanced by softer curves. A utilitarian feel comes from the bolt style crow. Gorgeous sapphire crystal, mechanical self-winding automatic movement, and straight-line lever escapement truly live up to Cartier’s reputation as “the King of Jewelers” by Great Britain’s Edward VII.

Still not enough to satisfy your Cartier craving? If you’re in San Francisco, you’re in luck. Running through April 18th at the Legion of Honors is an eye-catching display of some 300 Cartier pieces including clocks, accessories, tiaras, bandeaus and watches at the “Cartier and America” exhibition. A dazzling homage to one of Hollywood’s favorite fine jewelers, the exhibit is a retrospective celebrating 100 years of Cartier in the U.S.