Generous and Selfless
Albert Santos Dumont was dedicated to donating his income to non-profit organizations, as one of the most generous philanthropic donors at the time. He also provided design drawings free of charge to other other aviators who are committed to flying research. It may be said as the earliest example of “open source”, for example, the design drawings of the first mass-produced aircraft, “La Demoiselle”.
Albert Santos Dumont opposed all restrictions. He wore a back-to-front hat, a pair of oversize goggles, and a custom jacket that was connected to the airplane’s joystick with a crossover cable. This unique, practical and transcendental personal style is a reflection of the aesthetics of the era: emphasis on comfort in line with a new modern lifestyle.
“The reason why I fly is to stay away from the dust and uproar, then I can focus on thinking.”
— by Albert Santos Dumont
Inherit the Classics of the Past and Create a Brand New Future
Friends of Albert Santos Dumont include the elites of industry, art and science. In 1900, he met Louis Cartier, who became attached to the common pursuit of technological development. Albert Santos Dumont confided to Louis Cartier that, he was unable to take out his pocket watch to see the time while driving the plane. Three years later, Louis Cartier revolutionized his design of the first modern wrist watch specializing in wrist wear — Cartier Santos replica, and pioneered the field of watchmaking.