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Cartier medium steel watches are the epitome of durability and style – sensible elegance, wouldn't you say? Everything that the modern, stylish woman looks for. And when we move up from the small sized watches, we drop into a universe where there is just so much to play with.

 

You want a Cartier medium steel watch, you say?

Look no further! Ladies, perhaps there are only two collections that cater to this style statement, but within these two collections, you're gonna be rather spoilt for choice. Whether you're looking for leather straps (even colored ones), steel bracelets, or a steel and gold combination, Cartier has something for every woman's desire.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is...am I a circles or squares kinda woman? Once you've figured that out, you're on your way to finding your dream watch.

 

Ballon Bleu de Cartier

So, if you're a circles lady, then the Ballon Bleu de Cartier collection is the one for you. And in the medium sized range, you've a whopping seven options to choose from! Besides the flowing grace of the dial, thanks to the arc over the crown, one of things you will appreciate in this collection is the guilloché dial, which bears a design of seemingly interlocking lines – a pattern it shares with Faberge eggs, among other beautiful creations!

If you want the classic leather and steel look to your Cartier, these 33mm diameter watches are available in a choice of white or black straps. The former comes in a stainless steel case housing a silver opaline dial and a matching fluted crown set with a blue synthetic spinel cabochon, and rounded out with a shiny white alligator strap. Alternatively, you can choose an almost identical piece with a semi-matte black alligator strap. One additional difference however, lies in this model having a silver opaline flinqué dial, which is a concentric pattern of intersecting straight or wavy lines, engraved either by hand (using a graver) or with a machine using a rose-engine.

It depends on whether you want the stark contrast of steel and black leather, or the fun freshness of white!

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920086

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920086

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920085

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920085

 

On the other hand, perhaps you prefer the clean, pristine look of a steel bracelet watch. Ballon Bleu offers you two options in the 33mm diameter model. While both have stainless steel cases and bracelets with a fluted steel crown set with a blue synthetic spinel cabochon, one is a quartz powered model with a silver opaline dial, and the other is an automatic mechanical winding timepiece with a flinqué dial bearing a silver, sun-like finish.

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920071

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920071

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920084

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920084


An additional choice you have in the steel bracelet is the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Medium model. At a diameter of 36.6mm,it is slightly larger than the 33mm models described above but doesn't fall into the large category either. Cartier clearly knew there was a possibility of "too large" and "not large enough" in this style. Talk about catering to every possibility!

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, medium model W69011Z4

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, medium model W69011Z4

 

Even with a steel bracelet, sometimes we like to have that little dash of color – and lucky for you, you can have just that. If you're partial to a pink gold and steel bracelet, this 33mm model offers you a steel case, an 18k pink gold fluted crown set with a synthetic spinel cabochon, and a mother-of-pearl dial. The combination of this subtle shade of pink gold and the shimmering dial brings to mind gorgeous sunsets at the beach...and that should be where you wear it first! The yellow gold and steel bracelet version of this watch comes with a yellow gold crown and a silver opaline dial, which makes it a fun, sunny piece to wear about town.

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920099

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920099

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920070

Ballon Bleu de Cartier watch, 33mm W6920070

 

Santos 100

If squares are where you're at, then we take you straight to the Santos collection. The Santos watches are the most iconic pieces of all that Cartier has to offer, easily identifiable with its rounded angles and exposed screws. Cartier celebrated 100 years of this collection by introducing steel models.

The Santos 100 medium model watches are available with a leather strap only, but present interesting choices. The black alligator skin strap watch is by no means a demure timepiece...there's not one person who won't notice it immediately. This watch has a steel octagonal crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel and a silver opaline dial, and the strap is finished with a steel specific Santos 100 double adjustable deployant buckle. The alternative to this watch is very feminine, down to the pink alligator skin strap. A touch of whimsy that transforms this watch from an austere classic to a playful accessory.

Cartier Santos 100 watch, medium model W20106X8

Cartier Santos 100 watch, medium model W20106X8

Cartier Santos 100 watch, medium model W20126X8

 

Cartier Santos 100 watch, medium model W20126X8

 

"Deployant buckle" we've heard before, but what is it exactly? Basically, it's an expanding metal buckle attached to the strap., whose tail end is threaded through the buckle to reach the desired size. The metal buckle expands when slipping it on or off, and the clasp folds over and clips closed when worn.

The final Santos 100 medium watch combines the best of steel, gold and leather. It has a steel case with an 18k pink gold bezel, a steel octagonal crown set with a faceted synthetic spinel, and a silver opaline dial. The alligator skin strap is rounded out with a specific Santos 100 18k pink gold and steel double adjustable deployant buckle. If you're a want-it-all kinda gal, this is the watch for you.

Cartier Santos 100 watch, medium model W20107X7

Cartier Santos 100 watch, medium model W20107X7

 

You know what they say...big is beautiful. We know you agree with us. If you'd like to own one of these beauties, or have some questions about choosing the Cartier medium steel watch that's just right for you, contact us or come on down to CJ Charles Jewelers.

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