Given this history, you can understand my surprise when I laid eyes on the Cartier Ballon Bleu De replica watch with a traditional moon phase positioned at 9 o’clock. At that moment I had no shame, took the presented watch, and immediately strapped it onto my wrist.
When a brand introduces a whole new collection, press presentations usually focus on the new addition to the family. So when Cartier introduced the Drive de Cartier, I did not expect to find a new addition to the Ballon Bleu family in one of the brand’s signature red and gold boxes. That said, Cartier wouldn’t have had problems obtaining any complication for its watches, yet as complicated as its manufacture clocks were, the brand always kept its watches simple, elegant, and uncluttered.
The bezel features 1.47 carats’ worth of pavé-set, brilliant-cut, colorless diamonds, but I didn’t care. I also didn’t care that the Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier Moon Phase copy watch was aimed at the female demographic. Hey, I have an x chromosome in my DNA like everyone else!
In Cartier’s rich history, the moon phase has been largely and conspicuously absent. Why?
I didn’t even care that the two fashionable press colleagues from Vogue present at the presentation raised an eyebrow to my actions; fashion always starts by somebody doing something for the first time!
It’s no secret that the Ballon Bleu has been quite a success for Cartier. It not only pleased the existing customer base, it has also appealed to quite a few clients new to the brand with a collection ranging from the understated Ballon Bleu Extra Flat to the no-holds-barred Serti Vibrant.
The “canvas” is a 37 mm Ballon Bleu with an aperture at 9 o’clock for the moon phase: Cartier opted to display the state of this celestial body in the most classic way possible. At first it looks like part of the fringe holding the railroad track was cut out, but when you look closer you see that it actually continues around the moon phase indication the same way it does near the crown; only the hour and minute markers are really absent.
That is a question easier to ask than to answer. In the early days, when the brand joined forces with LeCoultre to supply many of its movements, it would have been relatively easy to obtain a movement with this complication.
As it is a well-rounded Ballon Bleu De Moon Phase copy watch (pun intended), the Ballon Bleu features a design that is quite suitable to incorporating a moon phase indication.