First look…SIHH 2013 Preview…Dual-time Jump Hour…
Here’s a first look at the new Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon which will officially debut in January 2013 at the SIHH in Geneva. This watch was conceived as a regulator and features a minute hand in the center and dual jump-hour counters. This is an unusual combination of features, but no doubt beautifully done. The watch is quite substantial with a 46mm case, though it retains a reasonable measure of slimness at 13.8mm. Limited to 50 pieces in white or rose gold. The caliber is manufacture Cartier Caliber MC9456 (already used in high-end Cartier pieces), stamped with Geneva Seal, with the added jump hour module. The retail price will fall within the $100,000 to $150,000 range.
Overall Cartier is coming again with a strong collection in 2013, from its more basic Calibre de Cartier Chronographs I gave you a first look at in mid-November on up to its “haute horlogerie” pieces such as this and the perpetual calendar chronograph. Cartier has made impressive strides since the introduction of its first in-house calibers in 2009 and shows no signs of slowing. Lots of high-resolution looks, below.
The white gold version. The second time zone indicator is advanced by the pusher at 10 o’clock.
The red gold model:
I find Cartier’s movements to be very beautifully designed, always with a very elegant integration of the Cartier “C”, among other niceties. The finishing has and continues to be first class: