If the style and zeitgest of 1980s New York can be defined by a single place, it's The Odeon. The brasserie, located in the Tribeca neighborhood of downtown Manhattan, was a favorite restaurant of the young men and women who were determining the direction of culture across the city's art, style and fashion worlds, and quickly became the backdrop (and often the subject) for the artists of the day. Think Jay McInerney, De Niro and Basquiat: all regulars during the most creative decade of their lives.
It's a classic that has stood the test of time, and for me still feels relevant and fresh. On my last visit it seemed appropriate to wear Cartier's latest reimagined icon of the 1980s: the new Santos. No other time piece represents that era for me like the Santos. Its simple elegant design, with exposed screws on the bracelet and case is not too far from the first wrist watch Cartier conceived for the aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904, so he could operate his flying machine with the convenience of a timepiece on his wrist. And while the Santos has remained true to its DNA through the years, this latest release nods to the design popularized in the 1980s.
The new watch that accompanied me this week to the Odeon has an 18k yellow gold case in 35mm, and comes with the option of an alligator strap. But you won't see me using it – I love this watch on the gold bracelet for a complete immersion in 80s style as I remember it.
'Time and Place' is Matt Hranek's regular dispatch on the latest watches from around the globe for Condé Nast Traveler. #watchwednesdays @wmbrownproject