Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

22 Cartier Possibly Unique N° 1, Gorgeous and Luxurious Ballon Automatic Chronograph Wristwatch in Platinum, Silver Dial, Red Roman Numbers, Date With Box, Papers, Full Set

Estimate: € 45,000 –⁠ 90,000

Model: Ballon Chronograph
Material: Platinum
Reference N°: 3499
Year: 2011
Case N°: N° 1 – 143137RX
Caliber: 8101 MC
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Leather
Dimensions: 46.8x47.1mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Box and papers

In the arch of more than 160 years, Cartier with the creation of luxurious jewels and exquisite timepieces menage to beautifully complementing the ensembles of influential families gaining the status of “Jeweler of Kings and King of Jewellers”. Considering the rich history and tradition that comes along with the Cartier name, it comes difficult to think that a recent and young collection could have been able to stand out as a modern classic within a very short period of time. But yet, from 2006 the Ballon Bleu managed in this obtaining many consents from both sexes of Cartier clientele. Bearing many of the luxurious features that have characterized the Parisian brand in these years, it has become a really sophisticated timepiece. The present lot is part of the “complicated” part of the collection since it offers the appreciated chronograph function and date. Simply delights with its unconventional design, the Blue Balloon is the perfect name for the unusual shape of its case. Totally realized in white gold, it presents a slightly curved case, adding an airy and cool feeling to the luxurious line. One of the nicest and most curious characteristics is the protective curved arch which gives the watch a classic yet eye-catching futuristic appearance. Above and below it, the two rectangular oversized chronograph’s pushers. The present watch is a unique piece, special order number 1. In fact, the iconic cabochon here has not be made in the classic blue sapphire but in a vivid red ruby. Moreover, the bold roman numerals that stand out on the distinctive and clear dial, retake the red color of the crown giving vivacity to the whole composition. At VII is hidden the secret signature Cartier. The argentè dial is embellished with the luxurious guillochè engine-turned decoration while at 9 o’lock is located the date window. Considering all these special features, it comes as no surprise then that this Ballon Bleu de Cartier is a highly renowned and sought-after timepiece by lovers of fine watchmaking and Haute Horologie. With original box and papers.