Unlike many tourbillon watches that come in fairly straightforward round cases, the Ballon Blue Flying Tourbillon de Cartier combines high-end watchmaking with a more daring and very comfortable case design. It also has quite a story to tell about the brand’s complicated pieces in the modern era.
About George Cramer
While most people know me for my articles about Cartier, I also have a great affection for the independents. These small brands have to think out of the box to get noticed and survive, more often than not, this leads to very exciting and innovative watches.
This can probably also be traced back to my education in design and former profession, since I find the shape and look of a watch very important, while I am at the same time a stickler for details, which often have such a major impact of the watch as a whole, and can make or break the overall impression.
When not writing about Cartier or the Independents, I like to travel with my camera, around the globe while capturing the places, faces and of course watches that come across!
Entries by George Cramer
Cartier Tank à Guichets: I hardly dare to say the name out loud. This is the Tank I have always dreamed of handling, but something I have never been able to do in all the years that I have been following “La Maison” to any possible event. But now I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to photograph one of these rare watches.
I couldn’t think of a better watch to take on a trip Cuba than my own trusty Cartier Santos Dumont as I’d be flying 7,500 kilometers across the ocean. I was heading for Havana, a city that has been high on my travel list for years. Follow me there for some breathtaking vintage cars and scenery.
Cartier’s jewelry and watch expositions are always a treat, making for a good reason to go abroad for a weekend break. So it’s great news that a new Cartier watch exhibition in London has opened this week. Here’s my take on why you should visit.
In April 2017, Cartier presented the new Juste un Clou Torque necklace, one of those pieces of jewelry that expresses sincere chic, making it a powerful statement of bold attitude. Once again, Aldo Cipulla hits the nail right on the head.
One of the coolest jewelry designers of 1960s New York was Aldo Cipullo.
Cipullo was an artist often surrounded by New York’s Studio 54 “in” crowd. The designer, who had his own clientele and his own collection, always dared to draw inspiration from everyday items such as a horseshoe or tank tracks, transforming them into jeweled marvels. He was an important figure in the contemporary history of Cartier. Read on to find out why.