POST - Cartier x2 Carbon ADLC

With the Belmont Stakes just about to happen and many conservative and flamboyant spectators are seeking out their proper attire for the occasion, plus sorting thru flashy gold jewelry and watches. A brand known to definitely bring the bling is Cartier, unless you want to make a fashion statement and wear the new “blacked-out” pieces they’ve recently produced;  introducing the iconic “Ballon Bleu” and “Santos 100”, now made out of ADLC.

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ADLC stands for “amorphous diamond-like carbon” and it’s not a novelty for Cartier. They have been making watches with ADLC for quite some time. These black cases provide a younger, more durable aesthetic to these classic watches. It also opens Cartier up to new customers, as well as offer a fresh alternative to those fans that appreciate the Cartier style, but were craving something non-gold.

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Another plus to the use of ADLC comes in the form of its resilience. Such an enhanced construction makes this the kind of luxury watch you could easily use as a daily item, without fearing severe damage. Cartier even states the ADLC is a superior coating to PVD; as hard as diamond and with a slightly elastic quality. Increasing its scratch-resistance as much as its shock-resistance, with a proven track record of reliability. A much welcomed feature for what typically would be seen as expensively fragile accessories.

Cartier Ballon Blue Carbon

The 42mm round case on the “Ballon Blue Carbon” is made of steel and ADLC and features a fluted crown set with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel. Its black dial with white Roman numerals are pointed out by steel sword-shaped hands, with a luminescent coating. Also the seconds hand is in red for enhanced legibility and to provide an extra flare to the overall color scheme. There is a date aperture located at the 3 o’clock position. Covering the dial is a sapphire crystal which helps enforce a water-resistance that can reach up to 30m (100 feet).


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Cartier Santos 100 Carbon

The “Santos 100” model line was created by Louis Cartier back in 1904 for his Brazilian friend and aviator Alberto Santos Dumont. The 41mm “large model” square case made of steel and ADLC maintains its iconic exposed screws, just like Louis originally conceived, over a hundred years ago. The 7-faceted crown is also decorated with a faceted synthetic spinel. This new ADLC model was originally unveiled by Cartier at the SIHH 2016, among many others we wrote about at the time.


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There was actually a “Cartier Santos” issued in 2009 with ADLC and rose gold, but it was discontinued three years later. While on the market it was available with a rose-gold case and an ADLC bezel (Ref#: W20124U2) or an ADLC case with a rose gold bezel (Ref#: W2020009). But, the return of this watch has scrapped the two-tone look for this “blacked-out” motif.


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Its black dial features white Roman numerals and an inner square made up of white minute index markers. This model also features the sword-shaped hands, with a red seconds hand to liven things up a bit. Topped by a sapphire crystal, but made in a way that can allow for a water-resistance can reach up to 100m (330 feet)

Cartier Ballon Blue Carbon & Cartier Santos 100 Carbon

This “Cartier 42mm Ballon Bleu Carbon” (Ref#: WSBB0015) & the “Cartier 41mm Santos 100 Carbon” (Ref#: WSSSA0006) are both powered by the new in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1847MC, with 23 jewels. Power reserve on these timepieces can last up to 42 hours. Mounted to these watches is a black calf-skin strap, with an ADLC double adjustable folding buckle on the “Ballon Bleu” and a stainless-steel triple adjustable folding clasp on the “Santos 100“.


New in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 1847MC, with 23 jewels * Image courtesy of: Cartier


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Written by Mauro Az