This week we are celebrating the iconic and truly stunning Ballon Bleu De Cartier watch. We currently have a fantastic, super rare Cartier rose gold Ballon Bleu Tourbillon watch. This watch which features an exceptional complication is no longer made! Cartier is one of the oldest jewellers in the world catering to royalty and movie stars across the globe. Let's take a look at the history of this fine timepiece!
Cartier has a highly diverse wristwatch line and has some extremely recognisable designs. From the Tank or Pasha Cartier watch models, to the finest sparkling creations for women. Cartier's early jewellery was characterised by a light, airy touch, in contrast to the overly formal and overwrought ornaments of the period.
In 1907, Cartier signed a contract with Edmond Jaeger, who agreed to exclusively supply the movements for Cartier watches. By this time, Cartier had branches in London, New York and was quickly becoming one of the biggest watch companies in the world. After the 1911 launch of the Santos-Dumont wristwatch, the next big step in Cartier’s history took place in 1917. Whilst there was the introduction of Baignoire and Tortue Cartier watch models in 1912, 1917 was the year that the world first saw the Tank (which of course has been and still is extremely popular).
The Ballon Bleu
We have talked before about the many celebrities who like to wear Cartier, especially Kate Middleton. Her Cartier Ballon Bleu timepiece was worn during her 2014 trip to Australia. The Cartier Ballon Bleu is a relatively recent creation from Cartier, released by in 2006, with its more rounded, curvy shape. Cartier notes that “the convex curves of the case, guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet” means that the Ballon Bleu ‘floats through the world of Cartier watchmaking”. The name comes from the two most prominent details of the watch, the blue synthetic sapphire ‘cabochon’ that is mounted in the crown, and the spherical ‘balloon’ shape of the case.
Designed to appeal to both men and women, the Ballon Bleu is a modern and elegant watch. Despite its short history, this timepiece has quickly become one of the world’s most well-known watches. Why not take a look at the stunning example we have available now. This Cartier Ballon Bleu W692001 Tourbillon watch features an exceptional complication and the retail replacement value would be over £90,000. It has a sapphire case back, deploy clasp and the case diameter is 46mm. It is in an unpolished state and was serviced by Cartier in 2017. Available immediately with its original Cartier box and papers!
View more information on this Cartier watch or simply drop by to see us in the Burlington Arcade, London.