Although it’s less than 10 years old, Cartier’s iconic Ballon Bleu de Cartier wristwatch has the look, feel, and presence of a watch with a long, interesting history.
Designed to appeal to both men and women, the Ballon Bleu is a modern, elegant watch that’s immediately recognizable as a Cartier. The unique rounded case, Roman numeral dial, and the signature blue sapphire crown give the Ballon Bleu a distinct, eye-catching appearance.
It’s no surprise, then, that the Ballon Bleu de Cartier has attracted the attention of everyone from Johnny Depp to Kate Middleton. Unlike other watches, which are exclusively created for women or men, the Ballon Bleu looks great on both men and women.
From its introduction in 2007 until today, the Ballon Bleu has attracted a great deal of attention from watch enthusiasts. Below, we’ll look at three notable Ballon Bleu references and study what makes this iconic Cartier watch so special.
Ballon Bleu W6920079
With its 44mm stainless steel case, the Ballon Bleu W6920079 is a large, eye-catching watch with a great deal of presence on the wrist. Designed for men, the W6920079 has a fairly thick 14.8mm case that solidifies its commanding looks.
Like other Ballon Bleu de Cartier models, the W6920079 has a Roman numeral dial. This model also features a chronograph with the 30-minute register at three o’clock and a seconds subdial at six o’clock.
The W6920079 uses a Cartier Calibre 8101 MC movement, with a 42-hour power reserve. The date window is at nine o’clock on the dial. Thanks to its large size, bold black dial and crocodile leather strap, the Ballon Bleu W6920079 is arguably one of Cartier’s most masculine watches.
Ballon Bleu W69009Z3 / 3001
The Ballon Bleu W69009Z3 / 3001 is an elegant men’s casual watch that combines Cartier’s famous design with 18k yellow gold/stainless steel. With a 42mm case, the W69009Z3 / 3001 fits most wrists comfortably.
The Ballon Bleu W69009Z3 / 3001 combines a silver dial and stainless steel case with an 18k gold and stainless steel bracelet. Like other Ballon Bleu de Cartier models, it features a Roman numeral dial, this time with a date window at three o’clock.
The W69009Z3 / 3001 uses a Cartier Calibre 049 automatic movement, offering approximately 38 hours of usage fully wound. With its gold and stainless steel crown and bracelet, simple but elegant dial, and moderate size, the Ballon Bleu W69009Z3 is a great all-around casual watch.
Ballon Bleu W69012Z4 / 3001
The Ballon Bleu W69012Z4 / 3001 is a simple, timeless take on Cartier’s iconic watch. With its silver Roman numeral dial, 42mm stainless steel case, and matching bracelet, the W69012Z4 combines all that’s great about the Ballon Bleu de Cartier into an excellent all-purpose watch.
At 42mm, the W69012Z4 / 3001 is a medium-sized watch that’s best suited to men, but with a slim enough profile for women. The W69012Z4 / 3001 features a date complication at the three o’clock position and a stylish stainless steel bracelet.
With a Cartier Calibre 049 automatic movement, understated looks, and a versatility that many similar watches can’t offer, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier W69012Z4 / 3001 is an ideal choice for any watch enthusiast seeking a timepiece that’s both casual, sporty, and dressy.
Despite its short history, the Cartier Ballon Bleu has quickly become one of the world’s most well-known watches. Whether in 18k gold or stainless steel, with a matching bracelet or a beautiful leather strap, few other watches can match the Ballon Bleu de Cartier in overall looks and presence.