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.
by Kyle Stults on February 20, 2014
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.
Cartier’s Rotonde de Cartier tourbillon Chronograph watch offers an elegant traditional interpretation of the manual wind caliber 9438 MC. The 9438 MC was most first and most recently introduced in the Pasha Tourbillon chronograph. The caliber has an 8-day power-reserve with column-wheel chronograph transmission, and there is a small seconds on the tourbillon bridge. It is finely finished and visible through the sapphire case back. A real beauty.
We have seem some incredible skeleton movements from Cartier in recent years, and this one, the 9616 MC calibre — appearing to float at the center of the watch — is no exception.
Here is the fourth preview of what’s coming from Cartier in 2014: a stunning two tone version of the Cartier Tank MC Skeleton. Unlike the first Tank MC Skeleton (Ref. W53100026 in palladium), this new piece is given a gorgeous two-tone finish on the openworked movement: a dark grey ruthenium coating and polished (plated) pink gold bevels. The pink gold case and hands match the bridgework. All together, it is a beautiful combination for what was already a beautiful watch from the grand maison. Price on the Tank MC Two-Tone Skeleton will be about $50,000 (based on €36,000 pre-tax list price at current f/x).
The Cartier dive watch is here: the Calibre de Cartier diver. Well, almost here — coming in 2014! But here’s your first look at a new piece for Cartier, one of four new pieces I am previewing today. I must say the Calibre de Cartier design works very well as an ISO 6425 diver’s watch. This watch is rated to a robust 1,000 feet water resistance, with unidirectional DLC-coated bezel, lumed indices and small seconds chapter ring. The 42mm steel case has a nice mix of brushed and polished surfaces (The watch will also be offered in a pink gold case). And at 11mm thick, it’s safe to say this watch will retain a bit of elegance as well. Still, I’m not a big fan of the tri-date window. Not a limited edition by any means, the Calibre de Cartier diver will price at 5500 EUR on rubber (about $7,500), 6000 on metal (about $8,250) and will surely be a big seller for Cartier.
Lots more looks, on the click
First look…lapis lazuli dial + moon phase “on demand”…
As I mentioned minutes ago, here is one of the new 2014 pieces from Cartier: the Earth Moon. Like the Astrocalendaire, this piece is cased in platinum (47mm). The watch has a unique “on demand” moonphase shown by way of a moving stone lapis lazuli disc positioned over tourbillon aperture. That is, by pressing a pusher on the case, the disc descends over the tourbillon such that it reproduces the proper crescent moon in the sky (lapis luzili the dark/shadow, the remaining tourbillon, the white/visible portion of the moon). You can see that the rest of the dial is also lapis lazuli. There is also a second time zone indication, set via a second pusher at four o’clock.
This creative concept reportedly came from Cartier’s head of technical development Carole Forestier with execution by none other than Renaud & Papi (a group that Cartier works with often for its high complications). The back of the movement (Calibre 9440 MC) is equally beautiful — openworked and nicely finished:
Only 50 pieces of the Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon will be made, priced at 200,000 EUR or about $275,000 apiece.
by Kyle Stults on December 12, 2013
First Look…concentric perpetual calendar in platinum case…
Just hours ago Cartier unveiled four watches that will debut in 2014: the Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire (perpetual calendar tourbillon), Rotonde de Cartier Earth Moon (an unusual moonphase design), the Tank MC Two Tone Skeleton (a new version of the Santos 100 skeleton), and a Cartier Calibre diving watch (!). Of course I’ll treat you to a first look at all four of them, starting with this Astrocalendar, a creative implementation of the perpetual calendar via the Caliber 9459 MC, designed in-house by Cartier.
The Rotonde de Cartier Astrocalendaire has a 45mm x 15.7mm platinum case, with a concentric perpetual calendar, you might say: the day/date/month displayed by means of rotating apertures which are slightly stepped, as you can see in the below photo. The leap year indicator is on the back of the watch on one of the movement bridges. At the center of it all is a flying tourbillon with the Cartier “C”. Each of the perpetual calendar displays are marked by blue brackets. The calendar functions are conveniently set via the crown except for the day which is advanced by a pusher in the case.
Only 100 pieces will be made, and will price at 150,000 EUR, or about $200,000 apiece.
More to come! All my SIHH 2014 Preview, HERE>>>
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