The Ballon Bleu de Cartier replica is the maison’s most popular timepiece, beloved for its sculptural twist on classic round cases. There have been plenty of models since its release in 2007, but this year, Cartier unveils a new size, 40mm, and a new in-house movement.
While there is no doubt this 40 mm fake Cartier watch was years in the making, it comes at an interesting time in the watch world. Genderless timepieces are becoming more and more popular, with more men wearing smaller watches and more women wearing larger watches. Some observers and commentators have even called on brands to stop the practice of “genderizing” watch lines entirely.
Fortuitously for Cartier, a 40mm case is considered one of the optimal sizes for this unisex approach. So this release feels quite timely. And though the stainless steel case copy Ballon Bleu de Cartier has always been worn by both men and women — with models ranging from 26 to 42mm — this new size is a welcome addition to the collection.
Furthermore, the 40mm blue hands Ballon Bleu de Cartier copy watch has a new automatic in-house 1847 MC automatic movement that measures just 3.77mm thick and has a 40-hour power reserve.
There are also several case and strap variants on offer. The 18K pink gold case with diamond-set bezel iterations come on either an 18K pink gold bracelet or a burgundy alligator strap. The versions with an 18K pink gold case, but without the diamond-set bezel, come on either a brown alligator strap or a matching 18K pink gold bracelet. And the steel models come on either a steel bracelet or a black alligator strap.
The 40mm Ballon Bleu de Cartier steel models begin at $5,800, and the pink gold models range from $14,600-$40,600.
Finally, Cartier also introduces new dials in other sizes of the Ballon Bleu and Ballon Blanc, including warm gold and shimmering silver-blue, priced from $19,100 and $5,750, respectively. The dressier Ballon Blanc de Cartier has two new quartz models — a 26mm that retails for $6,600 and a 30mm for $7,800 — with white dials, diamond-set bezels, and navy blue calf leather straps with a satin-like finish.