Cartier Ballon Bleu

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Timeless Timepieces

The Cartier timepiece featured here is the Cartier Ballon Bleu. First introduced in 2007, according to

Cartier has a rich lineup of watches – the Company’s history reveals that it invented and developed timepieces for Kings and Queens. Founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847, Cartier has indeed travelled quite a ways. Cartier’s timepieces are opulent, richly designed, and seems catered to the well heeled.

Cartier provides exceptional Maintenance and Servicing services to their clientele. Visiting their 5th Avenue Mansion Boutique is a thrilling experience. Some of the most expensive timepieces in the world are located in that building. Cartier has managed to marry jewelry design with watch manufacturing. It is indeed a treat just to visit and peruse those richly designed pieces that are truly outstandng works of art.

Cartier's Ballon Bleu

Reference Number: 216771QX

Cartier Ballon Bleu

According to WatchBox Studios, the Ballon Bleu De Cartier is considered to be the money maker for the juggernaut jewelry designer Cartier. Now part of the Richemont Group, Cartier continues to roll out different versions of the Ballon Blue, with the most recent version utilizing Cartier’s new in-house movement. This showcased model pictured at left is version 216771QX with a manufactured date of 2014 and a base calibre ETA 2892-A2 movement. , The Ballon Bleu boasts a 42 hour power reserve, and the number of jewels are recorded at 21. The base frequency movement is reported to be 28800 A/h

Roman numerals emblazoned on the watch dial with a wavy texture are elegantly laid out, and the deep blue watch hands are guided on their path by a deep blue winding mechanism. The convex curves of the case, guilloché dial, sword-shaped hands, and polished or satin-finish links of the bracelet ensures that the Ballon Bleu watch by Cartier floats within the world of Cartier watchmaking.

Measuring 42mm on the case size, with a Sapphire Crystal that seems to exude a magnifying special effect, and featuring a Bi-Fold Clasp Deployment – all in polished stainless steel – gives the Ballon Bleu its iconic sleek professional look – almost a coveted stature that draws the envy of Cartier’s competitors.

The line has been so successful that Cartier has introduced variants in diverse sizes, materials and complications. The world's famous iconic crown guard houses the blue sapphire cabochon which has been the signature piece of all versions of the Ballon Bleu.

This gemstone’s rich deep blue luster is a perfect example of Cartier’s marriage of jewelry design and watch making. Cartier’s roots as a jewelry designer is acknowledged in the Ballon Bleu’s design of the sapphire cabachon perfectly nestled atop the protected crown. The stainless steel caseback has a slight curvature which allows this beauty to sit flush against the wrist. The Ballon Blue is very flat, an approximate 13 mm in thickness - giving this watch a close comfortable snug fit on the wrist.

According to Cartier, the Ballon Bleu's "crown is integrated into the case in an homage to Cartier's classic watchmaking codes, distorting the Roman numerals in a showcase of bold elegance."

This elegance continues throughout the timepiece and the bi-fold stainless steel clasp embodies this artistic creation and practical functionality. It is easy to operate, feels very secure when it's locked, and provides that sense of security. As shown at left, it is a durable clasp, and again, very functional in design and aesthetics.