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Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch
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Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch

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While Cartier’s distinctive angular timepieces have long been coveted among luxury watch wearers, the versatile round addition that debuted in 2007 plays no small role in the acclaimed French jewelry house’s ever-broadening popularity. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch has a stainless-steel case that is curved on both the front and back side, lending it a traditional feel while it simultaneously caters to contemporary tastes by updating Cartier for the 21st century. The “Ballon” in its name refers to the way the balloon-like case appears to float on the wrist, but the “Bleu” hints at a more hidden touch of elegance. Tucked away on the winding crown — outside the case at 3 o’clock and below a loop extending from it — is a small sapphire or synthetic blue spinel cabochon, depending on the model. Although it’s one of the more contemporary models in Cartier’s watch arsenal, the Ballon Bleu gained fans quickly, with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, regularly seen sporting one. 


When Louis Cartier (1875–1942) made a square, flat wristwatch for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont in 1904, a large number of people were still using pocket watches to keep time. The novel geometric design — called the Santos for the aviation pioneer and brought to market in 1911 — was hugely influential in the 20th-century rise of the wristwatch as a ubiquitous accessory. The Cartier company would continue to innovate over the following decades, such as with the Cartier Tortue watch, which is reminiscent of a tortoiseshell, and the boxy Cartier Tank watch, which was inspired by a military tank. Notably, these designs often had square and rectangular cases that contrasted sharply with the style of 19th-century watches, which were curved, like clocks in miniature. Just over a century after the Santos wristwatch was introduced, Cartier would break with its own tradition to create a throwback look with the Ballon Bleu.


The Ballon Bleu has a balanced mix of these antique references and Cartier’s own quality standards, which have been refined over 150 years of watchmaking. Designed to be worn by both men and women, it makes a statement with its slightly domed form yet is lightweight for a range of wrists, able to be dressed up or down. Roman numerals, a familiar attribute among many of Cartier’s most popular wristwatches, circle a large guilloche dial, with the time indicated by blue sword-shaped hands, all activated by the blue winding mechanism. Ballon Bleu de Cartier watches come in a variety of models — from understated versions in yellow gold to more decadent models adorned with a spray of diamonds — each boasting the same Cartier precision in its craftsmanship.

Ballon Bleu De Cartier Watch

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Ballon Bleu De Cartier Quartz Movement Watch
By Cartier
Located in Brisbane, QLD
Tell your time in absolute style with this Ballon Bleu De Cartier 28mm Quartz Movement Watch. Featuring a Steel case, fluted crown set with a synthetic spinel cabochon, silvered op...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Quartz, Spinel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Made and Signed Cartier wristwatch. Model Ballon Bleu W69012Z4. Features a 42mm stainless steel case, and stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp. Dial features roman numeral h...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu "Panther Spots" 'HPI01064'
By Cartier
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu ""Panther Spots"" wristwatch (ref. HPI01064), featuring a mechanical automatic movement; rhodiumized 18k white gold dial set with 181 brilliant-cut diam...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu on 18 Karat Yellow Gold WJBB0007
By Cartier
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pre- owned in very good condition Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mmx12mm yellow gold case, automatic self-winding mechanical movement, caliber Cartier 076, bezel set with 2 rows of brilliant ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu 36 WJBB0005 or 3003 Ladies Rose Gold Diamond Watch
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007490 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Model Variant: 36 Model Number: WJBB0005 or 3003 Age: 2009 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Cartier Box, Manual, Bookle...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Ballon Bleu De Cartier Watch 123 Diamonds and Cabochon Sapphire 18 Karat Gold
By Cartier
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Brand: Cartier Movement: Mechanical Movement With Automatic Winding 18K Rose Gold Case Diameter: 36 mm 18K Rose Gold Bracelet Water-Resistant Up To 30 Meters/100 Feet Dial: Silvered ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu 3489 Ladies Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007330 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Model Variant: Model Number: 3489 Age: Circa 2010 Gender: Ladies Complete With: Cartier Box & Manuals Dial: Silver ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ballon Bleu Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Ballon bleu de Cartier watch. 42mm 18K yellow gold with a sapphire bezel. With box and papers. Services at Cartier Milan in July 2019 with one year Manufacturer Warranty. Reference N...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Sapphire, 18k Gold

Cartier Ballon Blue Diamond Dial Steel Ladies Watch WE902073 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Blue Diamond Dial Steel Ladies Watch WE902073 Box Papers. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case 29.0 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set with the blue spinel caboch...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Black Dial Chronograph Men's Watch W6920052
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Black Dial Chronograph Mens Watch W6920052. Automatic self-winding chronograph movement. Round stainless steel case 47.0 mm in diameter, 15 mm thick. Fluted...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph Steel Grey Dial Automatic Men's Watch W6920025
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This never been worn Cartier Ballon Bleu W6920025 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round sha...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier 'Ballon Bleu de Cartier' Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Authentic Cartier Ballon Bleu crafted in high polish 18 karat yellow gold. The round 36 mm case is finished with a domed crystal and a slightly domed gold case back. Silver sunray di...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Gold Steel Chocolate Dial Automatic Men's Watch W6920032
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Ballon Blue W6920032 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a rou...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Dial Automatic Men's Watch W69012Z4
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu W69012Z4 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a ro...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Steel Mother of Pearl Ladies Watch W6920034
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Steel Mother of Pearl Ladies Watch W6920034. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case 28 mm in diameter. Fluted 18K rose gold crown set with the blue...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Unisex Watch W6920032
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Unisex Watch W6920032. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 049. Round stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Flu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Silver Dial #W69011Z4
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Model: Cartier Ballon Bleu #W69011Z4 Movement: Quartz Case Size: 36mm Case Material: Steel Dial: Silver Roman Strap: Steel Circa 2012, Box, No papers
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2010s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Automatic Diamond Steel Ladies Watch WE902074
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm Automatic Diamond Steel Ladies Watch WE902074. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 076. Round stainless steel case 33 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set w...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu 18 Karat Rose Gold W69004Z2
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Model: Ballon Bleu W69004Z2 Movement: Automatic Case Size: 36mm Case Material: 18k Rose Gold Dial: Silver Roman Dial Strap: 18k Rose Gold Bracelet Circa 2015, box & papers
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2010s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu XL Black Dial Chronograph Steel Men's Watch W6920077
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu XL Black Dial Chronograph Steel Mens Watch W6920077. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 44.0 mm in diameter, 1 3/4 mm thick. Fluted crown...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Silver Dial Watch
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Case Material: 18k White Gold Case Diameter: 42mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Diamond white gold bezel Dial: Silver dial with black roman numer...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier Yellow Gold Diamond Watch WJBB0007
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
CARTIER BALLON BLEU DE CARTIER YELLOW GOLD DIAMOND 36MM WATCH WJBB0007 Condition: Mint Material: 18k Yellow Gold Movement: Automatic Case size: 36mm Case thickness: 12.1 mm Diamond...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu 18 Karat Gold Silver Guilloche Dial Diamond Set WE9007Z3
By Cartier
Located in London, GB
An 42mm 18k Yellow Gold Ballon Bleu Gents Wristwatch, silver dial with a guilloche centre, roman numerals and a secret signature at "V" of "VII", date at 3 0'clock, blued steel sword...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

Cartier Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Steel MOP Ladies Watch W6920034 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Steel MOP Ladies Watch W6920034 Box Papers. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case 28 mm in diameter. Fluted 18K rose gold crown set with the blue ...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Ballon Bleu de Cartier Automatic Chronograph Extra Large Yellow Gold Watch 3107
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
This magnificent Cartier women’s wristwatch features an extra large 47mm 18k yellow gold case featuring a round 33mm dial with roman numerals, 9 o'clock date and 60 second/30 minute ...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Ballon Blue 29 Silver Dial Quartz Ladies Watch W69010Z4
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Blue 29 Silver Dial Quartz Ladies Watch W69010Z4. Quartz movement. Caliber 049. Round stainless steel case 29.0 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set with the blue spinel c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Silver Dial Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch W69009Z3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Silver Dial Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch W69009Z3. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 049. Round stainless steel case 42.1 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Flut...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Ballon Blue Steel Yellow Gold Small Ladies Watch W69007Z3
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Blue Steel Yellow Gold Small Ladies Watch W69007Z3. Quartz movement. Caliber 049. Round stainless steel case 29.0 mm in diameter. Fluted 18k crown set with the blue sp...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu 36 Midsize Steel Rose Gold MOP Ladies Watch W6920070
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36 Midsize Steel Rose Gold MOP Ladies Watch W6920070. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 076. Round stainless steel case 36 mm in diameter. Fluted 18K rose ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Stainless Steel, 18k Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K Rose Gold WGBB0007 OR 3869
By Cartier
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W5929 Manufacturer: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Model Reference: WGBB0007 or 3869 Age: 23rd February 2018 Gender: Women's Box and Papers: Box, Manual and Guarantee Dial: Wh...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Diamond Dial Steel Ladies Watch W4BB0009
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 33mm Diamond Dial Steel Ladies Watch W4BB0009. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 076. Round stainless steel case 33 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set with t...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

Cartier 18 Karat White Gold Ballon Bleu Diamond Bezel Box and Papers 28mm
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18k White Gold and Diamond Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch 28 mm Quartz movement. Case: 18K rhodiumized white gold case set with 30 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.97 carats. Fluted...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold, 18k Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch W69009z3 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Steel Yellow Gold Mens Watch W69009Z3 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. Caliber 049. Round stainless steel case 42.1 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Flute...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Rose Gold Automatic Men's Watch WGBB0017 Box Papers
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Rose Gold Automatic Mens Watch WGBB0017 Box Papers. Automatic self-winding movement. 18K rose gold case 42.0 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set with the blue sap...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Black Dial Steel Men’s Watch W6920042
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42 Black Dial Steel Mens Watch W6920042. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Fluted crown set with the blu...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Black Guilloche Dial Steel Men's Watch W6920042
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm Black Guilloche Dial Steel Mens Watch W6920042. Automatic self-winding movement. Round stainless steel case 42 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick. Fluted crown set ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond Watch WE9006Z3
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize 18k White Gold & Diamond Watch WE9006Z3 - Automatic winding. 18k white gold case with factory diamond bezel (36mm diameter). Silver guilloche dial with bl...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize Stainless Steel Men's/Ladies Watch W69011Z4
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize Stainless Steel Mens/Ladies Watch W69011Z4 - Quartz. Stainless steel case (36mm diameter). Silver guilloche dial with black Roman numerals. Stainless stee...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize Stainless Steel Quartz Watch W69011Z4
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize Stainless Steel Quartz Watch W69011Z4 - Quartz. Stainless Steel ( 36 mm ). Silver guilloche dial with black Roman numerals. Stainless steel Cartier bracel...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize Stainless Steel Watch W6920046
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Ballon Bleu Midsize Stainless Steel Watch W6920046 - Automatic. Stainless steel case (36mm). Silver guilloche dial with black Roman numerals. Stainless steel Cartier bracelet...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Automatic Rose Gold Ladies Watch WGBB0009
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm Automatic Rose Gold Ladies Watch WGBB0009. Automatic self-winding movement. 18K rose gold case 36.6 mm in diameter, 12.05 mm thick. Fluted crown set with the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Small Ladies Watch W69010Z4
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel Small Ladies Watch W69010Z4. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case 29.0 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set with the blue spinel cabochon. Fixe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel