Blancpain Date Moon Phases

Blancpain Quantième Phases de Lune

Women’s preferences as regards watches are a debated question. The main dichotomy is between quartz and mechanical. Brands such as Glashütte Original use quartz for their Pavonina watches and say that women prefer quartz because the watch is always running and so doesn’t need fiddly adjustment on a small crown. But, talking to a woman…

Blancpain Saint-Valentin 2017 reference 6104-4654-99A

Blancpain’s watch for Valentine’s day 2017

The latest watch in Blancpain‘s Valentine’s Day series, this watch features the classic heart motif in buff-top rubies on the dial, and a Cupid’s arrow seconds hand, enhanced by the mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-set bezel and lugs. But the watch is much more than just hearts, diamonds and arrows. Inside the case is the new…

Blancpain Ladybird for Saint Valentine’s Day 2016

Blancpain has presented its 16th Valentine’s day watch, a small, elegant and romantic piece, whose highlight is a removable charm in the shape of a white gold arrow with ruby heart. It can be attached at 12 or 6 o’clock as desired. Blancpain’s charms first appeared at Baselworld 2015, though to be honest they are…

The perfect gift by Blancpain

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your better half, and you have a budget of around £1.4 million, Blancpain has just the thing, available at Harrods in December. The Tourbillon Diamonds is powered by Blancpain’s Calibre 25A, a self-winding mechanical movement with 239 parts, providing a 7-day power reserve. The tourbillon can be…

Blancpain Day Night Retrograde

This complex and beautiful piece by Blancpain combines a lavish amount of bling with intricate mother-of-pearl crafting and an unusual mechanical movement featuring two retrograde functions, for hours and seconds, and a day-night indicator. It’s a combination that would seem to suit the variegated tastes of women for watches, and it mirrors what other brands…

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback

This watch by Blancpain, part of the Fifty Fathoms Collection, is a limited edition diving watch and the first of a series in the Blancpain Ocean Commitment programme. For each piece sold, €1,000 will be donated to scientific expeditions. Owners become members of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Circle, giving them special benefits such as opportunities to meet…

Blancpain Shakudō

This piece by Blancpain is a complication watch, not for the hand-wound calibre 15B movement that provides just hours and minutes, but for the subject matter on the dial. The more you look at the image the more you find. The Hindu god Ganesh has a trunk winding artfully around the central pivot, and is…

Blancpain Villeret Grande Date

The Villeret Collection by Blancpain comprises the brand’s most classical watches, and this year, for the first time, it includes a watch with big date display, with two windows for optimum legibility. The self-winding calibre 6950, with 285 components, was designed specifically to maintain the watch’s slim profile, and to allow a date change exactly and…

Blancpain Villeret Perpetual Calendar with Humidor

The Blancpain Quantième Perpétuel 8 Jours, a perpetual calendar watch that keeps track of everything from seconds through to leap years, was presented in 2014, and it is now available in Blancpain boutiques. It has the exceptional power reserve of 192 hours, the eight days of its name, and it has another user-friendly characteristic: the…

A face you wouldn’t forget – goodbye Captain Bob

Captain Robert Maloubier’s champion handlebar moustache made him immediately recognizable. He was also pivotal in creating another face you wouldn’t forget: the diver’s watch. In the early 1950s he worked with Blancpain on a watch suitable for divers, and the result was the Fifty Fathoms. Other watches for use underwater had been made previous to…

Blancpain 12-day tourbillon, now available in boutiques

This piece was presented at SIHH in 2014, and it is now available in boutiques in its red gold version. The Blancpain Villeret One Minute Flying Tourbillon 12 Days is a good example of Blancpain’s combination of traditional watchmaking and contemporary technology, with the anti-magnetic characteristics offered by the silicon balance spring and pallet fork…

Blancpain

Company profile: Jehan-Jacques Blancpain set up his first workshop on the upper floor of his house at Villeret in 1735, and this date makes the company the world’s oldest watchmaking brand. His business was successful and he was followed by his heirs. His great-grandson Frédéric-Louis Blancpain transformed the traditional crafts workshop into an industrial concern.…

Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel

L-Evolution is the name that Blancpain gives to its most advanced models, with modular case construction and some unusual movement features. The Tourbillon Carrousel, with its calibre 2322V2 movement, has a modern and sporty look, but it’s not as glacial and frosty as it looks from the press-release renderings. When you have it on the wrist,…

Blancpain’s rose watch for Valentine’s Day 2015

What is the difference between men’s watches and women’s watches? Once could be that men want a combination of style and engineering on their wrist, while women want a combination of style and jewellery. Watches for women that combine, style, jewellery and engineering are more rare, and an example is provided by its San-Valentin 2015…

Top five pulsometer chronometers

1. Blancpain Chronographe Pulsomètre Blancpain has launched a new Chronographe Pulsomètre, a watch type designed to enable you to take a pulse. It is part of its Villeret collection. You just start the chronograph while holding the patient’s wrist, count 30 heartbeats and stop the chronograph. The pulse rate is displayed on the scale right…

Blancpain and the carrousel

The Blancpain Carrousel Phases du Lune (Ref. 6622L-3631-55B), a watch in the Villeret collection, features what has become a Blancpain speciality, the Carrousel, or karussel. This complication, like the tourbillon, was designed to constantly vary the position of the escapement so that the variations in frequency caused by gravity would be evened out over time.…