News September 2007

Ballon Bleu

An exclusive detail in blue

The Watch Quote™ - September 17th, 2007



The Ballon bleu de Cartier watch isn’t quite round

The Ballon bleu de Cartier watch is round on the top and round underneath, but if you look closer, you’ll see that its shape is somewhat more complex: a watch that seems to fit the wrist weightlessly, as if the two were already acquainted. Masculine? Feminine? Cartier plays with the shapes.



An exclusive detail in blue

Close up, the Ballon bleu de Cartier watch surprises. The winding mechanism is decorated with a sapphire cabochon, around which the dial orbits, and is more imposing than ever before due to a precious metal protective arch.



The art of displacement, the art of rupture

With soft curves reminiscent of a pebble and a case that is rounded on both sides, the style is somewhere between classic and futuristic. The glass magnifies the numbers and distorts time. The Roman numerals, displaced by the winding mechanism, stray from their usual path.



A very private circle for House of Cartier experts

The guilloche dial, the sword-shaped hands, the links of solid gold or solid brushed steel for the bracelet…At first glance, the latest model from the House of Cartier joins Cartier’s horology galaxy of time, with one exception.



The odyssey of the invisible

Ballon Bleu de Cartier? There is something unfamiliar about the name, a promise of a new horology planet. With its diffracted roundness, extra-blue winding mechanism, and elliptical profile, the Ballon bleu de Cartier watch draws a line between past and future, between what we know and what we would like to know about the universe and time. A watch satellite, whose sending into orbit Cartier has entrusted to six comic book writers. Because reading time is synonymous with dreaming, travelling, as if in an imaginary bubble. Seven Ninth Art writers for an odyssey album, a collective work, to be followed from one story to the next: a voyage through time for Moebius/Jean Giraud; bizarre thoughts around a blue stone for Glen Baxter; a tale of time through the interpretation of a Shakespeare sonnet for Lorenzo Mattotti, etc. A harmonic piece of work that also includes creations by Schuiten, Taniguchi, Floc’h and Burns.

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Yellow gold

Large model • 42 mm



  • 18 carat yellow gold case.
  • Hour, minute, second and date functions.
  • 18 carat yellow gold fluted crown decorated with a blue sapphire cabochon.
  • Varnished silvered opaline dial, black Roman numerals, date window at 3 o’clock.
  • Blued steel sword-shaped hands.
  • Crystal sapphire.
  • 18 carat yellow gold bracelet.
  • 18 carat yellow gold safety clasp.
  • Cartier calibre 049 automatic movement.
  • Water resistant to 30m/100ft.


Small model • 28.5 mm



  • 18 carat yellow gold case.
  • Hour and minute functions.
  • 18 carat yellow gold fluted crown decorated with a blue sapphire cabochon.
  • Varnished silvered opaline dial, 12 black Roman numerals.
  • Blued steel sword-shaped hands.
  • Crystal sapphire.
  • 18 carat yellow gold bracelet.
  • 18 carat pink gold triple deployant clasp.
  • Cartier calibre 057 quartz movement.
  • Water resistant to 30m/100ft.

White gold and diamonds

Medium model • 36.5 mm



  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold case set with diamonds.
  • Hour, minute and second functions.
  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold fluted crown decorated with a blue sapphire cabochon.
  • Varnished silvered opaline guilloche dial, 12 black Roman numerals.
  • Blued steel sword-shaped hands. Crystal sapphire.
  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold bracelet.
  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold triple deployant clasp.
  • Cartier calibre 076 automatic movement.
  • Water resistant to 30m

Gold and steel

Large model • 42 mm



  • Steel case.
  • Hour, minute, second and date functions.
  • 18 carat yellow gold fluted crown decorated with a synthetic spinel in the form of a cabochon.
  • Silvered opaline guilloche dial, black Roman numerals, date window at 3 o’clock.
  • Blued steel sword-shaped hands.
  • Crystal sapphire.
  • 18 carat yellow gold and steel bracelet.
  • Steel safety clasp.
  • Cartier calibre 049 automatic movement 049.
  • Water resistant to 30m/100ft.

Pink gold and diamonds

Small model • 28.5 mm



  • 18 carat pink gold case set with diamonds.
  • Hour and minute functions.
  • 18 carat pink gold fluted crown decorated with blue sapphire cabochon.
  • Varnished silver opaline dial.
  • 12 black Roman numerals.
  • Blue sword-shaped hands.
  • Sapphire crystal.
  • 18 carat pink gold bracelet.
  • 18 carat pink gold triple deployant clasp.
  • Cartier calibre 057 quartz movement.
  • Water resistant to 30m/100ft.

White gold

Large model • 42 mm



  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold case.
  • Hour, minute, second and date functions.
  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold fluted crown decorated with a blue sapphire cabochon.
  • Varnished silvered opaline guilloche dial, black Roman numerals, date window at 3 o’clock.
  • Blued steel sword-shaped hands.
  • Crystal sapphire.
  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold bracelet.
  • 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold safety clasp.
  • Cartier calibre 049 automatic movement.
  • Water resistant to 30m/100ft.



Comic Strips

Moebius, Jean Giraud - Azulera
Né le 8 mai 1935 à Fontenay-sous-Bois (France)
Vit et travaille à Montrouge (France)






Glen Baxter - In the Lab
Né en 1944 à Leeds (Grande-Bretagne)
Vit et travaille à Londres



Lorenzo Mattotti - Sonnet 18
Né en 1954 à Brescia (Italie)
Vit et travaille à Paris






François Schuitten - Kronos
Né en 1956 à Bruxelles (Belgique)
Vit et travaille à Bruxelles








Jirô Taniguchi - Tokyo rendez-vous
Né en 1947 à Tottori (Japon)
Vit et travaille à Tokyo






Floc'h - 175-176, New Bond Street
Né en 1953 à Paris (France)
Vit et travaille à Paris






Charles Burns - Six ouvertures au noir
Né en 1955 à Washington (Etats-Unis)
Vit et travaille à Philadelphia

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