Cartier Santos Black aDLC WSSA0039 Watch

Until 2020, Cartier has been expanding the still fresh and satisfying Santos collection with new flavours. While the Santos chronograph is notable for its extra mechanical complexity, this “stealth” black variant of the three-handed Santos de Cartier “Big” watch is a shocking surprise. There aren’t many Cartier watches that can be worn with a black leather motorcycle jacket, but here we can get our hands on this lovely DLC-coated steel watch.

Note that this Cartier Santos Reference WSSA0039 isn’t the first time Santos has been treated in black. Back in 2016, aBlogtoWatch was in close contact with the previous “Black Santos” (the Cartier Santos 100 Carbon watch). Today, the “carbon” in the watch’s name could imply that the case is made of carbon. Instead, the carbon is used as a reference to the coating Cartier uses on the steel, a form of DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) called aDLC. The black 2020 Santos has a 39.8 mm wide square case, 9.38 mm thick and water resistant to 100 meters.

Of course, this is not an “all-black” watch in the sense that the dial elements are also black. Cartier has ensured that the Santos WSSA0039 is also legible by painting the hands and the hour-markers with white luminescence. Unlike the sporty red seconds hand of the previous Santos 100 Carbon, the monochrome personality of the black Santos is more stylish by today’s standards. The case and the rubber strap screws are made of polished steel, in a slightly Cartier jazz style. The effect is to allow them to catch the light slightly, thus making the watch more appealing to the eye. So even though the Santos draws a lot of attention, you can still see the invisible watch. The crown of the watch is a black spinel cabochon.

Connected to the case by Cartier’s QuickSwitch belt-changing system, there is a case fitted with a matte black alligator leather strap in addition to a black rubber strap (very comfortable on the folding deployment buckle). Inside the watch is the in-house self-winding caliber 1847 MC, widely used by the brand, which operates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of about two days.
In addition to being wholesome, elegant and masculine sexy, the Cartier Santos WSSA0039 in black aDLC is still a new flavor of the contemporary and still modern Cartier Santos watch collection. The one thing that I think could really complete the look is the black aDLC steel bracelet. What stops this from happening is the high cost of properly aDLC coating all the steel components and the fact that the color doesn’t wear off over time. It’s tricky, and it would cost more money for this already expensive timepiece. For example, the natural steel Cartier Santos on the wristband costs $700 less than the version with the coated case.

Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph Review

In the past, we have done an exhaustive and informative job of reviewing a number of Cartier Ballon Bleu watches (including small and medium models). However, it’s time to pick out a range of products from this magnificent collection; the Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph.
Adding a chronograph to an already iconic watch is certainly one way to keep Cartier fans and watch enthusiasts excited and interested. In addition, most Cartier Ballon Bleu watches are not necessarily the right size for men, as larger and larger watches are becoming more and more common on the wrist. In fact, most of the watches in the Cartier Ballon Bleu collection are smaller and of a more traditional size.

The 44mm case certainly fits the large size of today’s popular watches and is, according to many diehard enthusiasts, a famous design choice. At 14.8mm thick, this case certainly has the size, weight and feel of a high-end luxury timepiece.
The Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph runs on a manufacturing movement. Cartier internal movement 1904-CH2 MC. this 31 hand automatic chronograph movement vibrates at 28,800 vibrations per hour or 4Hz and has a 48 hour power reserve. On the case back, eight visible screws keep the case closed tightly, while the transparent, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal case back allows you to see the watch’s fascinating mechanism.


The 1904-CH2 chronograph movement is slightly different from its predecessor, the 1904-CH, which can be found in the Cartier de Cartier chronograph collection. The 1904-CH2 has the date at the 6 o’clock position instead of a small continuous seconds subdial like the 1904-CH. The 1904-CH has a 12-hour counter in addition to some jewels on the movement, and the date window on the Ballon Bleu chronograph is at 9 o’clock.

The dial on the Ballon Bleu chronograph has all the design elements you would expect to see in any Ballon Bleu watch. These include the blue steel hands, the elegant texture of Cartier’s signature wavy guilloché dial motif that radiates outward from the center of the dial and its sub-dials.
The familiar black Roman numerals are elegantly tucked beneath the sub-registers, which can be seen throughout the Ballon Bleu collection on any dial with a moon phase complication.

They’ve done away with the indented and reduced Roman numerals at 3 o’clock, as well as the 9 and 6 o’clock numerals usually seen on most watches in Cartier’s Ballon Bleu collection. Apparently it’s because the chronograph and small seconds and date window need space. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it allows for a more symmetrical dial design than what is typically seen in Cartier Ballon Bleu watches.

The fine second hand track is printed in black on a smooth, untextured, silvery opaque area of the dial that surrounds the inner dial and is then surrounded by a ring of textured guilloché medallions. This pattern appears to repeat itself until it reaches the periphery of the dial, which is also decorated with guilloché waves. The shape of the inner dial and the chapters is interesting.