Cartier Ballon Blanc: timeless yet contemporary
The name 'Ballon' given to this famous watch model from the French jeweller not only refers to the round and slightly curved case of the luxury watch but also to the fact that the models in this series are considered the feminine counterparts to the Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection. As the name suggests, these captivate with a characteristic 'blue balloon' formed from a blue sapphire cabochon which sits on the crown. This feature is found in an elegantly modified form in the women's watches of the Ballon Blanc de Cartier collection: instead of an embellished winding crown, the motif of the balloon is taken up by the brilliant-cut diamond embedded at 4 o'clock. 'Blanc' here means nothing less than the incomparable radiance of this precious gem. Such an elegant design can only be combined with an equally luxurious bracelet.
Cartier Ballon Blanc models are finished with shapely bracelets made from the finest alligator leather or, optionally, 18-carat gold and set with diamonds. On some models, the pin clasp is also made from the finest red or rose gold. Unlike the famous Cartier Tank collection from 1917 which came with a solid strap, watches in the Ballon Blanc de Cartier range captivate with their soft and delicate appearance. The indices on these stylish classics are formed as Roman numerals. With its quartz movement, each Ballon Blanc de Cartier model is an accurate timepiece. Unlike mechanical watches, the deviation rate of quartz watches is only a few seconds per month. The energy source is a small battery, the clock generator is a small quartz crystal that regulates the energy supply: quartz and battery are connected to each other in such a way that they throttle the impulses to the gear train and set the pointers in motion.