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The Ballon Blanc de Cartier Watch: The Birth of a Watchmaking Comet


Somewhat similar, yet slightly different, the Ballon Blanc de Cartier watch is a comet that slipped into the Cartier workshops one night when the moon was full and reappeared in the case of a Ballon de Cartier watch.

A watch that unites the Maison’s jewellery and watchmaking secrets, strikes a pose and declares itself a jewellery watch: precious, feminine and delicate, with a touch of mischief when the time is right. Imbued with weightlessness, it has made design codes its own and created a new face for itself, just as one might try out a different look. The case still retains its enchanting pebble shape, like a precious powder compact. With its mother-of-pearl flinqué dial and blued-steel sword-shaped hands, the watch radiates Ballon de Cartier signature style. Yet the little detour made by the Roman numerals and rail-track minute circle at four o’clock makes room for the coquettish addition of a single assertive diamond.

The bracelet, consisting of five rows of perfect diamond-set or smooth beads, has the allure of a rivière.

Like a rustle of stars, it’s flash of white diamonds dazzles like a perfectly draped ribbon.