Cartier Ballon Bleu: A Closer Look

The Cartier Ballon Bleu is no doubt the epitome of a modern classic. Introduced in the mid-2000s, it is one of the youngest watches in the Cartier lineup; and also one of the brand’s most favored releases. Created to impress both wearers and onlookers, its profile and concept break away from the traditional angular watches of the brand such as the Tank and the Santos-Dumont. Rather than solely focusing on performance, the Ballon Bleu placed emphasis on bold aesthetics and craftsmanship.

Sophisticated and chic, its classic looks find Cartier’s passion for simple elegance alive and well. Its design also demonstrates the perfect balance between feminine and masculine aspects, which makes it an all-rounder. From music superstars like Justin Bieber and Usher to royals like Kate Middleton, the Ballon Bleu is well-loved by tastemakers from various fields.

Here is a simplified guide to the Cartier Ballon Bleu collection:

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu Ladies Watches With Diamond Hour-Markers

 

Hallmarks of the Ballon Bleu Design

The Cartier Ballon Bleu definitely sent the watch realm abuzz when it was launched in 2007. Rarely does Cartier create a round-shaped timepiece, let alone one as fine as the Ballon Bleu. Boasting sleek lines and a refined appeal, it was created as a luxury no-frills watch with the ability to stay relevant for a long time.

As its name suggests, the Ballon Bleu has a blue sapphire cabochon crown cushioned into the right side. Taking the shape of a blue balloon, the crown disrupts the classic watchmaking codes of the Maison with its unique placement and atypical appearance.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Automatic Ref. W69012Z4 / Cartier Ballon Bleu Pink Dial Steel Ref. WSBB0033

 

Apart from bearing a perfectly round and slightly domed case, the Ballon Bleu features a superbly executed dial, adorned with elegant guilloché patterns and a crescent moon-shaped minute track at the center. The classic Cartier character also remained with its large gilded Roman numerals and blue sword-shaped hands, but with more wrist presence. A blue cabochon crown, which is nestled in a domed arch guard, nudges the 3 o’clock hour-marker deeper into the dial.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Rose Gold Ref. W2BB0003 / Cartier Ballon Bleu Yellow Gold Ref. W6900551

 


 

Variations

The Cartier Ballon Bleu offers a wide range of variations. It caters well to all wrist types with its generous sizes — 28mm, 33mm, and 36mm for women and 36mm, 37mm, and 42mm for men. In 2020, the brand added a 40mm version, equipped with a precise in-house 1847 MV movement that made the watch more reliable and approachable.

All Ballon Bleu watches are offered in a myriad of case metals including yellow, white or rose gold, steel, and a versatile blend of rose gold and steel. They also come with a choice of either a polished metal bracelet or a stylish leather strap, equipped with a quick-change system so you can swap them easily at home.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu With Rose Gold Case

 

Their dials are nothing short of phenomenal. A gorgeous silver guilloché dial is made available in a lot of models, but there are also pale pink and vibrant blue options, which make for a youthful look. Lastly, few watches also feature mother of pearl dials, diamond hour markers, and diamond bezels to suit the ladies’ exquisite tastes.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu With Blue Dial

 


 

Complications

Much like the brand’s other products, Cartier also used the Ballon Bleu collection to appeal to diehard watch fanatics. Aside from the basic time-and-date design, the Ballon Bleu also comes with a chronograph, moonphase, and flying tourbillon versions.

 

Ballon Bleu Chronograph

The Ballon Bleu Chronograph is a sporty take on the classic Ballon Bleu. Measuring about 44mm in diameter, it has a rose gold construction and a polished finish that provides a graceful appeal to the watch.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph Ref. W6920052

 

This model remains faithful to the Ballon Bleu’s design DNA but with few subtle differences in the dial. Instead of bearing a single large dial, the chronograph version has two sub-dials, along with a well-defined date window beside the 9 o’clock. The black Roman numerals are tucked under the sub-registers, while the miniaturized hour marker at 3 o’clock is eliminated for a symmetrical look.

 


 

Ballon Bleu Moonphase

Next, we have the Ballon Bleu Moonphase, adorned with a moon phase indicator at 9 o’clock. Unlike the previous model, this watch is smaller in size and come with a choice of either a smooth or diamond-set bezel.

Available in rose or white gold, this watch has an organized dial similar to the original Ballon Bleu watch. Cartier also brought back the recessed 3 o’clock index and the signature C-shaped minute track with black markers.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu Moonphase

 

This model’s moon phase feature is shown in a traditional way, using blue and yellow accents, and playful illustrations. The guilloché patterns were cleverly alternated to highlight the celestial complication, while the automatic Caliber ETA 2671 makes the watch highly functional.

 


 

Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon

Cartier’s ingenuity continues with the Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon. What makes this watch special is the deep blue enamel dial, furnished with a flinqué motif and silver sword-shaped hands. There’s also a large opening surrounded by a silver railroad track at the bottom, which displays the intricate flying tourbillon carriage at work.

 

Cartier Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon

 

Inside, this watch runs on a hand-wound Calibre 9452 MC with 19 jewels and 50 hours of power reserve.

 


 

With the Ballon Bleu’s immaculate looks, unique concept, and wide assortment of designs, Cartier succeeds in mastering the art of horology. Explore our collection of Cartier Ballon Bleu watches at SwissWatchExpo.com.

 

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