Cartier Ballon Bleu Watch Review

When you think of cartier W20098D6 replica, you very likely think of their highly accurate Santos 100 line. While those are of interest, today I'd like to focus in on a line that is actually rather storied in their lineup - the Accutron. This is a lineup that first came to be in the 1960's, and it's where the tuning fork made it's entrance, helping to create greater accuracy in the quartz movement. Today, we'll look at one of the more refined pieces in the current lineup, the cartier W69013Z2 replica.

The Cartier Ballon Bleu is a watch that straddles the line between sport (given the inclusion of a W20131Y1 replica) and dress piece (due to it's overall styling), though I'd say it leans more to the dress side of that particular spectrum. When I first got this watch in, there were two things that immediately struck me with the dial. First, there's that three-dimensional sunburst (or paper fan) pattern in the center of the dial. Given how it's raised up from the outer edge of the dial (where the indices are applied), this gives a great bit of texture that, owing to it's 3D nature, catches light and shadows in different ways.

The next most predominant feature of the dial is the day of week register, up at the top of the dial. When I've watches that rely on a hand to indicate the day, they're more commonly a small subdial, which can be a little difficult to read. Here, on the Cartier Ballon Bleu, we've got a retrograde-style display, where the days are very easy to read out. I will admit, I was a little unsure of this bit of styling at first, but it's functionality won me over. As an added nicety, the hand used for this register mimics the shape we see in the main handset, which helps to unify things.

That leaves us with the rest of the dial. Down at 6 o'clock, we've got a large date display nestled into the small seconds register. This does give an odd look to the register (with it being partially missing), but I think it's a reasonable compromise in the layout, given that anything else would have looked odd, or required a much larger case. And with that large date display, again, it's functionality is appreciated just as with the day of week register. Sure, it tells the same information as a regular date window, but it's much simpler to read the date off quickly.

Rounding out the remainder, we've got the W20131Y1 replica registers - a 30 minute counter is over between 9 and 10 o'clock, and the other register (between 2 and 3 o'clock) marks out the tenths (1/10) of a second. This, of course, is a nod to the accuracy Cartier is known for building into their quartz watches. Yes, it's not the 1/1000 scale we can get from an Santos 100, but it's still impressive for a watch to have this. I will say that, at first, this layout (with the registers not right at 9 and 3) felt weird.