There’s nothing quite like the experience of eating, as the French call it, “en plein air” – that is, outside. Iconic Parisian brand Cartier is of course well aware of this fact, which may well be the reason that its Santos de Cartier sunglasses are such an amiable dining companion, whether you’re picking up breakfast on the French capital’s boulevards, lunching on a London rooftop, or watching the sun set over dinner on Miami Beach. For such purposes, try the brand’s distinctive square aviator frames in a platinum finish, which are both a little less Top Gun than your standard aviators and discreetly stylish, thanks to their subtle, neutral colour.
Inspired by pioneering aviator Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont, for whom Cartier produced one of the first modern men’s wristwatches – the Santos de Cartier sunglasses range offers a contemporary update on classic aviator styles, with minimal detailing including Cartier’s trademark bowed screws above the lens and on the arms. Each frame is made in France to exacting standards, with the polishing, assembling and screw details all perfected by expert hand-work.
If you fancy taking this particular pair out for dinner, we’d recommend combining it with clothes that expand its sleek grey-black colour palette. In short, keep it cool with a crisp blue shirt and white chinos, adding an unstructured blazer so you can both look smart in the restaurant, and be ready for whatever comes next.