The deep black wave that has been sweeping over the watch industry for several years has finally caught up to two of today’s most iconic men’s dress watches. The Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier and Cartier Santos 100 are now both available in sleek, all-black ADLC (Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon) cases.
The familiar, curved rectangular case of the Cartier Santos 100 Carbon, here in steel with a charcoal-like ADLC finish, measures 51.1 mm x 41.3 mm in diameter and 10.34 mm thick and is water-resistant to approximately 100 meters. The matte black dial has sword-shaped hour and minute hands with a luminescent coating and a contrasting red central seconds hand. Its seven-faceted crown is set with a faceted synthetic spinel. The watch is outfitted with Cartier’s in-house, automatic Caliber 1847 MC, which has a power reserve of 42 hours. The watch comes on a black calfskin strap with a triple-adjustable folding clasp; it retails for $7,600.
The Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Carbon, which is also powered by manufacture Caliber 1847 MC, features an ADLC-coated, round 42.1-mm case water-resistant to 30 meters. Like the Santos, the watch has a black dial with contrasting white Roman numerals and sword-shaped, luminous-coated hands under a sapphire crystal. The center of the dial is enhanced with a radiating guilloché pattern and the date appears in an aperture at 3 o’clock. Like all Ballon Bleu watches, its fluted winding crown is set with a blue cabochon-shaped spinel and protected by a curved arch. The black calfskin strap integrates seamlessly into the case lugs and fastens with a black ADLC-coated, double-adjustable folding buckle. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier Carbon is priced at $6,600. Both watches are available now at Cartier boutiques.