Skip to main content
Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch
Iconic Designs

Ballon Bleu de Cartier Watch

About the Design

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

to
15
2
Cartier Ballon Bleu Stainless Steel 18 Carats Yellow Gold Pink Mother of Pearl
By Cartier
Located in Paris, FR
Ballon Bleu watch signed Cartier. Bracelet : satinless steel and 18 carats yellow gold Diameter : 36mm Dimensions of the watch : 36 x 36 x 11.2 mm (1.4 x 1.4 x 0.43 inch) Small w...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Other, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu 18k Rose Gold Factory Diamond Dial Ref. 3003 Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Movement: Automatic Case Size: 36 mm Dial: White Crème; Diamond Hour Markers Bezel: 18k Rose Gold Case Material: 18k Rose Gold Band Material:...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Rose Gold

Superb Cartier Ballon Bleu Two Tone Watch Ref 3001
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This watch by Cartier quickly became an absolute classic which will sit conformably on your wrist thanks to its ultra smooth convex curved case, this model also displays a solid poli...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Ballon Bleu Ref. 2998 18k Yellow Gold 42 MM Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Movement: Automatic Case Size: 42 mm Dial: Roman Numeral Hour Markers Bezel: 18K Yellow Gold Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band Material...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu in 18k Rose Gold Watch, Ref. WGBB0008 3003
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Ballon Bleu medium size (36.6mm) in 18K rose gold case, guilloché and lacquered dial with Roman numerals, automatic winding Cartier calibre 076 movement, 18K rose gold bracel...
Category

2010s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Diamond Bezel Diamond Dial 18k Rose Gold, Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Movement: Automatic Case Size: 36 mm Dial: Diamond & Roman Hour Markers Bezel: 18k Rose gold; Custom Diamonds Case Material: 18k Rose Gold...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Pink Dial Steel Ladies Watch W6920038
By Cartier
Located in Atlanta, GA
Cartier Ballon Bleu Pink Dial 28mm Steel Ladies Watch W6920038. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case 28 mm in diameter. Fluted crown set with the blue spinel cabochon. Stainle...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu 18K Rose Gold Silver Dial Automatic Mens Watch W6920063
By Cartier
Located in Aventura, FL
Cartier Ballon Bleu 44mm 18K Rose Gold Steel Silver Dial Automatic Watch W6920063. The timepiece is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel c...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold, Silver

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 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Silver

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 Ref.W6920011 Dual Time Stainless Steel Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Movement: Quartz Case Size: 38 mm Dial: Silver Bezel: Stainless Steel Case Material: Stainless Steel Band Material: Stainless Steel C...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm in 18k Rose Gold Auto Watch REF. 3003
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Movement: Automatic Case Size: 36 mm Dial: Roman Numeral Hour Markers Bezel: 18K Rose Gold Case Material: 18K Rose Gold Band Material: ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Blue Ref.W3BB0005 Two Tone Rosegold/Stainless Steel Diamond Dial
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Cartier Model: Ballon Bleu Movement: Quartz Case Size: 28 mm Dial: Diamond Hour Marker; Silver Case Material: Rose Gold Bracelet Material: 18k Rose Gold Crystal: Scratc...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Rose Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Rose Gold Ballon Bleu Wristwatch New in Box with Papers
By Cartier
Located in Coral Gables, FL
New with Box and Papers. Model WJBB/0019 Cartier Ballon Bleu Rose Gold Watch Floating like a balloon and as blue as the cabochon safely nestled in its side, the Ballon Bleu watch by ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu in 18k White Gold on Black Alligator Strap, Auto Watch
By Cartier
Located in Surfside, FL
Large Cartier Ballon Bleu in 18k white gold on black alligator strap with 18k white gold deployant buckle. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 42mm case size. Ref W6901351. Circa 2000s. ...
Category

Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

White 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

More Cartier Designs
Baignoire 1920 Watch
Baignoire 1920 Watch
Average Price
$33,620
Number Available
6
Baignoire 1920 Watch
Styles
Contemporary, Modern
Shop All
Calibre Watch
Calibre Watch
Average Price
$9,536
Number Available
5
Calibre Watch
Styles
Contemporary, Modernist
If you were to describe the Calibre de Cartier watch in a word, it would be simply this: masculine. And that is precisely what the Cartier design team intended. With a robust 42mm case, thick rounded lugs and a simple dial that combines Roman numerals and baton indexes, the 5.3-ounce watch exudes a gentle masculine aesthetic. Launched in 2010, the Calibre de Cartier was the internationally acclaimed French jeweler’s bold statement — and a relatively affordable one — in the men’s sports market...
Shop All