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.
As Carter is fond of doing with its manufacture calibers, the Cartier “C” is prominent on both the tourbillon bridge and the baseplate of the movement. Notice also the short lugs as a subtle, though distinctive, design feature.
You can see, too, that the caliber 9452 MC is stamped with the Geneva seal.
The Cartier Ballon Bleu 39 Flying Tourbillon with blue enamel dial is limited to 100 numbered pieces in white gold with price of €80,000 (~US$105,000).
Did You Know?
Flinqué enamel is a technique in which a decorated metal surface (typically guilloché or hand engraving) is covered with a layer of translucent enamel. The enamel color is deposited by means of a quill pen or brush, a process that is repeated several times (minimum 4) each with a passage in the oven at about 820 degrees. When the thickness of enamel is good, the surface is radiused. After a final passage in the oven, the front of the dial is polished to give it its final gloss. A good overview of various enamelling techniques (Cloisonné, Grand Feu, Champlevé & Flinqué) can be accessed here at Donze Cadrans SA>>>