One of the most intriguing watches created by Cartier thus far is the new Ballon Bleu Tourbillon. The Ballon Bleu Tourbillon is Cartier’s first that incorporates the brand’s new 9452MC tourbillon movement, which bears the Geneva Seal hallmark. The Ballon bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon watch is watchmaking piece of art and it’s a great example of High Watchmaking Craft.
The Cartier Ballon Bleu gets its name from the sapphire cabochon crown which is incorporated into its rounded case and this version is no exception. It is crafted from 18K pink gold, and it measures 46mm across in diameter. The watch also features sapphire crystal on the face as well as the transparent case-back of the watch.
The heart of the Cartier watch is the 9452 MC caliber, an exceptional manufacture-crafted mechanical tourbillon movement with manual winding. It is comprised of 142 hand-finished parts and decorated with 19 jewels. The Ballon Bleu Tourbillon vibrates at the rate of 21,600 beats per hour and has a power reserve is 50 hours. Measuring 4.5mm in depth, it is driven by a flying tourbillon that has C-shaped index displaying the seconds.