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By The Sea With Santos De Cartier

2 days agoMr Porter

The sea is a frontier, a place of adventure and exploration. Here, you can pit yourself against nature at its most ferocious. Or… if that doesn’t quite float your boat, at least gaze out wonderingly over the vast waters, towel on deck chair, cocktail in hand.

Of course, the sea is also, quite literally, a place of reflection, where the glare of the sun is thrown back off the water’s surface. It is here that Santos de Cartier aviator sunglasses will prove their worth. The styling is discrete, the frames secure but without undue weight, and the brushed champagne finish is sure to catch the light.

Aviator sunglasses by Santos De Cartier

That same feeling of adventure (deserved or not) that you feel on the sea shore has long been key to Cartier. Santos de Cartier sunglasses are a case in point, inspired as they are by pioneering aviator Mr Alberto Santos-Dumont, for whom Cartier produced a watch in 1904. The Santos 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’re planning to throw these superlative shades in your beach bag, we suggest pairing them with suitably nautical stripes, in the form of a simple T-shirt. Team with shorts in – what other colour – navy and boat shoes for an outfit that not only looks the part but embraces the open water. Adding in a white linen shirt will make sure you’re ready for shore leave.