A relatively recent release from Cartier, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier was only released back in 2006. Featuring a curvaceous silhouette, the distinct shape of this watch is undoubtedly a key part of its huge popularity with discerning collectors the world over. The name of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier is derived from the timepiece’s two standout details of the watch, the blue synthetic sapphire ‘cabochon’ which takes pride of place perched handsomely atop the watch crown, and the spherical ‘balloon’ curves that make up the watch case itself.
Horology is famously rooted in complex tradition. The top maisons have for decades, in some cases centuries, created watch families that retain a timeless elegance. Naturally then, many enthusiasts seek exactly this when making a new purchase. Whether Rolex, Audemars Piguet or Cartier, certain brands simply command respect and attention.
Intended for both genders, the Ballon Bleu is a contemporary and sophisticated piece. However, although a fairly recent release, this watch has rapidly developed into a truly globally esteemed model.
Currently for sale in a variety of five different metal materials including stainless steel and rose gold, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier comes in sizes spanning from 28mm to 46mm. With so much variety, it is no wonder that the Ballon Bleu de Cartier has developed such a wide fanbase. The most commonly purchased male iteration is a gorgeous 42mm piece in diameter powered by a muscular calibre 049 automatic movement.
Now to take an in depth look at the stunning crown of this watch, certainly the Ballon Bleu de Cartier’s defining feature. Boasting with a big blue cabochon that is recessed within the case, the striking, fluted crown gives off the illusion of floating. An unbelievably smooth arch comes out of the case close to the three o’clock mark and close to the crown, resulting in an exceptionally naturalistic aesthetic.
Why Is the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Special?
Therefore, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier boasts what is truly a special style, with the guilloche dial protected by a domed crystal and forming a soft curved shape. With the Ballon Bleu de Cartier, this most distinguished of brands has created a highly unique yet sophisticated watch that’s aimed at both men and women. Modern yet with the ultimate respect for classical horological conventions, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier is a truly exceptional piece of microengineering.
Unique yet classical and, for that matter, unmistakably Cartier, the Roman numerals on the dial and sword shaped hands are clearly present due to the inspiration provided by early Cartier watches. With that said, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier is a unique piece that can not really be compared to anything before seen from either Cartier or, for that matter, any other watchmaking company.
Undoubtedly a future classic, all of the timepieces in this family are considered modern icons already. Indeed, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier looks set to stand the test of time and develop into one of the brand’s next iconic watches. Yet that is not to take away from the timepiece’s achievements to this date, which are multifold in their volume and unsurpassed in their esteem.