One more new one from Cartier, the Ballon Bleu Extra-Flat is has a 40mm rose-gold case with a slim 6.9 mm thickness. A white gold model is also offered, though I really like the aesthetic Cartier has achieved with the rose gold/gray combination. Similar to the Ballon Bleu flying tourbillon (though without the enamlling), the dial has attractive flinqué style decoration on the dial, applied Roman numerals, slender sword-shaped hands, and the blue sapphire cabochon crown protected by a curved arch that gave the original Ballon Bleu watch its name. The manual wind movement is the 430MC (base Piaget). Price on this piece is $19,500.
This new Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon from Cartier has a goregous blue enamel dial demonstrating the flinqué style (See “Did You Know?” below). It is offered in a 39mm white gold case, a substantial stepdown from the 46mm size of the last Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon from the brand; however, the Cartier manufacture caliber 9452 is unchanged. Quite a gorgeous watch.
Perpetuelle presents the highlights of Cartier’s 2014 collection. Click any image or heading below for our full report with images and details and pricing.
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There is also the new Calibre de Cartier Dive Watch, Cartier’s first dive watch, released in three steel, pink gold and steel+pink gold:
Here Cartier reinvents a famous complication from its watchmaking heritage: the Rotonde de Cartier Day and Night watch, with retrograde moon phases as part of the Caliber 9912 MC. Day and night are indicated on the upper half of the dial by a disc that rotates over 12 hours and features a sun and moon motif. On the bottom half of the dial, the Rotonde de Cartier watch indicates the phases of the moon with a retrograde hand in the form of a lunar crescent.