Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier

Ballon Bleu, massive atmosphere

Not only for its characteristic bezel, equally embracing the crown as being blend into the dial the Ballon Bleu de Cartier may be considered as noninterchangeable iconic. Based in Paris and successfully manufacturing in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland since 1847 the watch and jewelry company of Cartier was to launch a watch collection of incomparable recognition value as recently as in 2007. Though a highly modern watch the case design of the Ballon Bleu is rather unusual and most likely related to the ancient rococo. To this adds the traditional Cartier Roman numbering on the dial that is depending on the model made of different materials. Among these, mother of pearl obviously takes up the Rocaille as the French term for shell-shaped ornaments. The Rococo is generally referred to as a time of cultivated conduct and attitude of life which perfectly accords to the overall picture provided by the Ballon Bleu. Even as a conscious renunciation of common symmetries it still clings to traditional virtues of the watch making craft. Thereby it is at once deeply rooted in Cartier convention and indulging into a lightness of design.

The Collektion of Cartier Ballon Bleu

According to Cartier custom the Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection contains a ladies’ as well as a men’s line which consists of more than 60 varieties on the female and more than 30 varieties on the male part. Cases are related to the model either made of stainless steel, yellow-, white- or rose gold and Calibers are partly homemade movements either with or without chronograph functions and different complications. For instance Caliber 8101MC which is incorporated in the extra-large version Chronograph at a diameter of 44 mm and height of 14,8 mm with small seconds and date-display. Still we need to make a mention of the most constituting characteristic of the Ballon Bleu: the eponymous blue jewel set into the crown could not be more perfectly exposed by the bezel’s guard bracket and may be in either case considered the captivating core of each and every single piece. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier is a striking watch which does not make an understatement. It is equally evidence of style and taste and processed in a premium quality to be envied.

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