According to Blancpain, the development and fine-tuning of a minute repeater watch requires about 10, 000 hours of meticulous work. Some minute repeater watches incorporate a 'grand sonnerie' (grand strike) mechanism that automatically strikes the hours and quarter-hours, repeats the hours at every quarter, and on demand strikes the hours, quarters and minutes. read more
The Blancpain legendary Fifty Fathoms collection has been joined by a new technically and aesthetically advanced timepiece for divers - Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch
of the new 500 Fathoms measures 48mm in diameter. It is crafted from brushed titanium
, the material of steely gray color that is highly appreciated by watchmakers for its light weight, corrosion-resistance and hypoallergenic properties.
The upper part of the knurled titanium unidirectional rotating bezel
, featuring luminous markings, is also produced from sapphire, a hard and scratch-resistant material. The Blancpain 500 Fathoms incorporates a screw-down crown
, protected from shocks by lateral shoulders.
The dial of the Blancpain watch
has been designed in two tones - black and silver. The dial is completed with large Arabic numerals. The hollowed surfaces of the numerals, as well as the hour and minute hands, and a red-tipped second hand are coated with a luminous material to guarantee great legibility even in the dark. read more
Blancpain has created a new bold chronograph watch to celebrate the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
, a unique car racing championship organized due to the joined efforts of Blancpain and Lamborghini.
The Super Trofeo Chronograph watch
, unveiled at Baselworld 2009, will be available in a limited edition of 300 pieces. The case of the timepiece, 43.5 mm in diameter, is crafted from steel and provided with a DLC-treatment for extra hardness, intense color and anti-allergenic characteristics.
The new Blancpain watch accommodates a mechanical self-winding movement
- Calibre F185. The movement offers 40 hours of power reserve and a range of useful functions. The timepiece is secured to the wrist on an alcantara strap. read more
The new Blancpain purely white interpretation of its instantly-recognizable Fifty Fathoms makes one feel its distinctively innovative spirit. The white unidirectional rotating bezel crafted in scratch-resistant sapphire keeps the watch's owner away from accidentally prolonging the dive time. read more
During his visit to the arms factory in the Russian town of Tula, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
handed over his pricey Blancpain watch
to a metalworker of the factory . Viktor Zagaevsky
became the lucky one to own Putin’s watch.
Following Vladimir Putin's speech on the economy in the town, Viktor Zagaevsky asked the Prime Minister to present him with some gift he would keep as a memory about the meeting. He added he had two sons, one of them being a military sailor.
Mr Putin was stunned by the worker's request and gestured he actually had nothing to offer. Yet he asked the metalworker what he wanted. The answer was, "Maybe your watch." read more
The Blancpain L-evolution Collection
welcomes a new sports-style watch – the Automatique 8 Jours
. The case of the timepiece is slightly bigger than the case of the previously created models. The watch provides supreme reliability and performance as it is equipped with the new Calibre 13R5.
The Blancpain L-evolution Automatique 8 Jours watch catches attention by its powerful aesthetic appeal. The watch's generously-sized case measures 43.5 mm in diameter, while its black dial is characterized by an extremely complex nature.
The dial features an original cut-out design, with a big opening in the center that allows to see the base-plate embellished with an elegant Cotes-de-Geneve pattern. There are two more apertures - a date window positioned at 6 o’clock and the power-reserve display at 12 o’clock. The two oversized Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock strengthen the three-dimensional nature of the dial. read more
This year, Blancpain
is proud to present a new exceptional diver’s watch - 500 Fathoms GMT. The timepiece accommodates the brand’s new self-winding Calibre 5215 movement that offers the GMT function. The Blancpain 500 Fathoms GMT is a great timekeeping companion for sports enthusiasts, cosmopolitans and lovers of supremely designed and technically advanced wristwatches.
The 247-part movement has a nicely engraved oscillating weight, with the shape of a boat propeller. The calibre is based on a remarkable system of micrometrical balance-regulating screws.
Due to the three series-coupled barrels, the new Calibre 5215 gives an advantage of a 5-day power reserve
. The movement demonstrates highly prestigious finishes. read more
For St. Valentine’s Day, Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain annually creates a limited edition ladies’ watch paying tribute to pure love. Blancpain St. read more
But you would find no modern wristwatch in the collection up until now! Blancpain, the oldest watch brand in the world, has been privileged to become an ambassador of the art of contemporary watchmaking in the Palace Museum. The Manufacture has been invited to display the first and only present-day wristwatch within the walls of the Museum read more
Blancpain is universally famous for its remarkable expertise in the field of watchmaking complications. Now, the brand is proud to unveil a new timepiece providing both a tourbillon and a GMT function.
The new Blancpain Tourbillon GMT watch has joined the sophisticated L-evolution Collection. Based on the brand’s rich heritage, the Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon GMT watch
makes one feel its contemporary spirit.
The sporty case, 43.5mm in diameter, is crafted in 18K white or red gold. Each version will be available in a limited number of 99 pieces. The case features an innovative design. It incorporates rapidly detachable lugs, so you can easily change a strap or a bracelet.
The horological company Blancpain
is proud to unveil its new Villeret Demi-Fuseau Horaire GMT automatic watch
, to be officially presented at Baselworld 2011
This extraordinary novelty is constructed around a self-winding calibre BP 5254DF movement
, entirely produced in the manufacture’s workshops. Composed of 321 individual parts, it incorporates a rose gold winding rotor and offers a respectable power reserve of 72 hours
The intricate workings of the mechanism can be admired through a transparent sapphire crystal display. The latter is fitted with an engine-turned hunter case-back cover, also crafted from rose gold.
proudly offers its new Saint-Valentin 2011 Complete Calendar lady’s watch
. Imbued with femininity and emotion, this charming novelty is an excellent gift to be presented to a woman on a special day, devoted to love.
The new Blancpain watch has adopted an enthralling round-shaped case, rendered in stainless steel
. It features the dimensions of 34 mm x 11.05 mm
: diameter and height indicated respectively. The model is skillfully equipped with graceful lugs and a refined time-setting crown, featured at 3 o’clock.
The case incorporates a charming bezel, also crafted from stainless steel. It sparkles with gorgeous diamonds, joined by a heart-shaped ruby. A special eye catcher of the watch, this jewel is set above the Roman numeral at 12 o’clock.
For the 9th year in a row, Blancpain
has participated in the Monaco Yacht Show
, one of the most prestigious international yachting events, inspired by its historical ties with the maritime world and an art of living shared with sea-lovers from all over the world.
Blancpain has been honored to welcome H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
aboard Over The Rainbow
, restored by the much-regretted Jean-Michel Folon
. The remarkable event has also been joined by Pierre Frolla
and Gianluca Genoni
, holders of several world freediving records.
As a part of the event, Blancpain has offered its support to an action organized in order to raise awareness of the marine fauna and flora among generations to follow. For 50 young pupils
from the region, Blancpain has offered a special diving course
to last for a week and to be taught by l'Ecole Bleue.
With freediver Pierre Frolla in the head, the Monaco-based association works to educate the public, raising awareness of the importance of coastal and underwater areas.
The Monaco Yacht Show '08 has been highlighted by Blancpain unveiling its traditional limited edition timepiece specifically dedicated to the Principality. The Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph
, an exclusive all-white edition, has been created in a limited number of just 20 pieces. The pristine white dial of the elegant chronograph watch proudly reveals the Monaco coat-of-arms.
The top-rate Blancpain chronograph
is destined for sailing and water sports fans, not to mention collectors and connoisseurs of unique timekeeping creations.
, the one who set more than 15 freediving records, has performed one more feat. At Zoagli, near Portofino, Italy, the diver descended to a depth of 152 meters in freediving mode
, having established a new world record in the discipline.
, having cooperated with Gianluca Genoni since 2007, is pleased to warmly congratulate the Italian freediver on the new record. During the impressive freedive, Gianluca Genoni tested new equipment in deep waters. While descending, the diver used the fastest underwater scooter
in the world – it can reach a speed of more than 100 meters per minute.
Gianluca Genoni was also wearing an inflatable life-jacket prototype
created by the Mares brand. The life-jacket is developed to immediately bring the diver back to the surface in case of any problem. Gianluca Genoni’s remarkable freedive was carefully studied by the Divers Alert Network researchers
who work on improving the security of this mode of diving.
The brushed DLC-coated (Diamons Like Carbon) steel case of the Blancpain Speed Command Chronograph measures 45 mm in diameter. It offers an advantage of 300-meter water-resistance. read more
The Blancpain legendary Fifty Fathoms Collection comprises highly-demanded boldly-designed sports watches. This year, the brand has created a new member to join the collection that boasts the complicated functions of a moon phase and a complete calendar, as well as the traditional column-wheel flyback chronograph, a feature really useful for sportsmen and sports fans.
The Fifty Fathoms Complete Calendar Moon Phase Flyback Chronograph watch
accommodates a sophisticated self-winding movement
constructed from 448 parts, including 37 jewels.
The moon phase complete calendar mechanism is based on the caliber F185 movement that offers a great advantage of safe setting of any indication, no matter what time of day or night it is. It makes the watch really stand out from the crowd of other complete calendar moon phase watches that do not allow their owner to set the calendar indications at certain times to avoid the risk of damaging the delicate details of the calendar. read more
On the occasion of its 275th birthday, the watch company Blancpain
has launched its novel Villeret collection
. It will experience its world premiere at Baselworld 2010
. The first watch from this line to be introduced is a new complete calendar moon-phase model, equipped with a secure calendar mechanism and under-lug correctors.
This new assemblage from Blancpain represents a happy marriage of visual appeal and complication, reflecting the very essence of the brand. Noble, refined and elegant as ever, the models from the brand’s new series have been reinterpreted in a contemporary composition, using the benefits of the most modern technologies: Blaincpain devoted several years of intensive efforts to movement development.
The Villeret collection has always been distinguished by its complete calendar moon-phase complication
. The Villeret Moon Phase watch
from the line relies on a unique manufactory-made self-winding calibre
, equipped with a balance wheel, beating at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It is also endowed with an antimagnetic index assembly, as well as two barrels, which provide a 72-hour power reserve
. read more
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch collection story started in 1952 when Captain 'Bob' Maloubier and lieutenant Claude Riffaud were commissioned by the French Ministry of Defense to form an elite unit of 'Combat Divers'. The captain and lieutenant could not find a watch created to withstand the extreme conditions implied by underwater missions. read more
is proud to announce its new timepiece devoted to Pure Love and Femininity. The watch not only boasts a never-seen-before shape. It sparkles with over 500 diamonds and pink sapphires. Moreover, it is equipped with the smallest in the world self-winding movement, Calibre 615.
Specially created for St. Valentine’s Day 2010
, the majestic lady’s watch will be available in a limited edition of just 14 pieces.
The dial of the Blancpain St Valentin 2010 watch
is performed in white and pink mother-of-pearl in the shape of a heart. The dial is framed by a bezel paved with over 500 diamonds and pink sapphires
. At 12 o’clock, you will notice a heart-cut diamond. One more precious detail - the pin buckle sparkles with a pear-like pink sapphire. read more
unveils a new version of its iconic 500 Fathoms watch, created specially for Only Watch 2009.
The new Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch for Only Watch 2009
wins the heart by its adventurous nautical spirit, and its strong links with the ocean. The sapphire crystal case back reveals the highly original oscillating shaped as of a boat propeller.
The Blancpain 500 Fathoms incorporates a ratcheted bezel
for most comfortable grip. Its unidirectional rotation system avoids any accidental extension of diving time. The bezel is crafted in titanium and scratch-resistant sapphire. Its slightly cambered profile protects it from impacts. The bezel features the luminescent index for great visibility.
The watch has maintained many of the elements of the original Fifty Fathoms launched in 1953. It is developed from innovative materials
- the case in titanium, the dial with a carbon fiber center and an insert in blued smoked sapphire glass. read more