At the last SIHH 2011 industry event, the famous French jeweler that also rapidly becomes a serious watch Manufacture, has presented the new Extra-Flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier series of limited edition watches.
There is still no info regarding the mechanism that powers the watch, but it is clear that the new Extra-Flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier is a simplified version of the original watch that was presented last year.
Compared to the predecessor, the new watch will be presented sans the central second hand and will also lack the small date window at 3 o’clock.
However, at least in this particular case, simpler is better than more complicated. Without the omitted elements the watch’s dial now looks even more sober and elegant.
Also, the removal of the date aperture has allowed to better focus attention of an observer on the smooth bend of the minute track done in order to provide extra space for the fluted winding crown, which is traditionally adorned with a cabochon, a blue one in this particular case.
As you can see on the picture, the platinum version of the watch features a deep-blue dial which is decorated a pertinent sunburst finish and provides the watch with even more depth.
The elegance and exclusivity comes at a price, though.
According to the company, the Extra-Flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier in 950/1000 Platinum will bear an impressive price tag of $32,500.
Extra-Flat Ballon Bleu de Cartier in 950/1000 Platinum watch specification
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: 950/1000 Platinum (there are also versions in rose gold and white gold)
Bezel material: 950/1000 Platinum
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Deep blue, sunburst pattern
Hands: Sword-shaped, rhodium-plated steel
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Blue alligator leather strap with a double adjustable folding clasp in 950/1000 platinum
Case back: N/A