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Eye Candy: Blancpain Villeret Complete Calendar GMT. Understated Elegance with two Noble Complications.

Blancpain’s complete calendar GMT complication established itself as a mainstay with its original debut in 2002. For Baselworld 2018, the Manufacture reinterprets this practical complication and brings it back with the new Quantième Complet GMT —Complete Calendar GMT— enhanced with Blancpain’s patented under lug correctors. Since the early 1980’s, Blancpain’s complete calendar moonphase timepieces have been a signature of the house. Blancpain’s design that displays the day of the week and month in windows and the date with a supplemental blued serpentine shaped hand reading upon scale positioned around the chapter ring and placement of a moon phase window at six o'clock has firmly established itself as a classic arrangement.

Insider: Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde. A Perfect Example of Classicism and Refinement.

Founded in 1735, Blancpain is one of the oldest watch manufactures from the Vallée de Joux. Located down the road from Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, Blancpain follows traditional watchmaking principles with sparks of modern creativity and innovation to maintain themselves as one of the top Swiss watch brands. Fueled by the brand's DNA, classicism and refinement are the exact words that describe the new Blancpain Villeret Grande Date Jour Rétrograde, reasserting Blancpain's attachment to authentic horological values.

Insider: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Annual Calendar. Hands-on with Blancpain's First Diving Watch to Include this Complication.

Along with the new Blancpain Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s limited to 500 pieces —featured here—, comes the new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Annual Calendar —Quantième Annuel. This is the first time that this model is equipped with such complication. This year’s Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel brings new functionality to the sport collection, trying to enhance its use as a daily wearer. Including indications for the day of the week, date, and month shown in rectangular apertures at 12 o'clock and with a gorgeous old-school looking blue moonphase indicator at 6 o'clock, the date indicator takes a prominent spot with its chapter ring and its red quarter moon tipped hand.

Baselworld 2018: Blancpain Flying Tourbillon Jumping Hours Retrograde Minutes. Hands-on, Live Pictures & Pricing.

Available in platinum or 18K red gold comes this new feat of horology from Blancpain to enrich its Villeret collection. The new Tourbillon Volant Heure Sautante Minute Rétrograde —Flying Tourbillon Jumping Hours Retrograde Minutes— ref. 66260-3633-55B is fitted with a generous 42 mm case and with an array of several horological complications that make it a very elegant and special timepiece. Featuring a flying tourbillon at 12 o'clock and retrograde minutes with jumping hours at 6 o'clock, the icing on the cake is its 'grand feu' enamel dial.

Baselworld 2018: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s. Live Pictures & Pricing.

Following its launch in 1956 —three years after the launch of the Fifty Fathoms—, the style of Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe evolved with the times. The 70s saw bold dial markings with Arabic numerals and windows for the day of the week and date at 3 o’clock. The new Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s, which will be limited to 500 pieces, captures the allure of that model from the seventies and while incorporating Blancpain's current technical advances comes out as the perfect modern watch with a strong vintage aura.

Baselworld 2018: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date. Live Pictures & Pricing.

One of the most iconic watches in the world just got an interesting update. Since the debut of the modern Fifty Fathoms in 2007, date indications have appeared through a window placed at the 4 o’clock position. Now for the first time, Blancpain has brought its signature instant-change large date complication to the Fifty Fathoms, displayed in two windows located at 6 o’clock. The new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Grande Date or 'Big Date' as most of us are already calling it features a 45 mm satin brushed titanium case and the signature domed rotating bezel with superluminova.

Insider: Blancpain Métiers d’Art Shakudo 'Year of the Rooster'. Its Dial Features One of the Most Impressive Japanese Forms of Art.

To celebrate the 'Year of the Rooster' Blancpain and its Métiers d’Art Workshop released a unique piece in 18K rose gold with a rooster crafted in the art of 'Shakudo', this old Japanese technique is now mastered by the manufacture from Villeret and six unique pieces have been released in the past couple of years. Based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar, the months are 29 or 30 days long and always begin with a new moon, due to that, a year could have 12 or 13 months.

Insider: Blancpain Villeret 8-Day Week Indication. Hands-on with a Stunning 'Grand Feu' Enamel Dial Timepiece.

Villeret, Blancpain’s native village, is the inspiration for this manufacture's most classic collection. One of the latest creations from Blancpain is the new Villeret 8-Day Week Indication timepiece which is a wristwatch that provides the wearer with a date, day of the week and week indication in a simple and intuitive way. With a timeless and classic design, this is for sure what we would consider to be a dress watch that could be perfectly paired with a Brioni suit.

Photo Gallery: Blancpain Villeret Day Date, where Elegance is the Name of the Game.

Fitted with a 'Grand Feu' Enamel dial the Blancpain Villeret Day Date is the latest addition to this elegant collection from Blancpain. With its round double 'pomme' case in stainless steel measuring 40 mm in diameter and less than 11 mm in thickness, the Blancpain Villeret Day Date is the epitome of elegance and understated wrist presence.

Baselworld 2017: Blancpain Métiers d’Art Shakudo 'Battle of the Queen Cows'. Live Pictures, Hands-on & Price.

Blancpain and its Métiers d’Art Workshop present a new one-of-a-kind unique piece watch crafted in 18K rose gold and in the brand’s cherished shakudō alloy, depicting a “battle of the queen cows” staged in front of the iconic Matterhorn. This breed of cows from the Val d’Hérens have been part of the Swiss national heritage since 1861. Featuring a generous 42 mm 18K rose gold case and equipped with a dark brown alligator strap, this new creation by the Métiers d’Art Workshop at Blancpain is one of our favorite Shakudo pieces released by the brand.

Baselworld 2017: Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC. Live Pictures & Pricing.

The history of the Fifty Fathoms brings together two lineages. First is that of Jean-Jacques Fiechter a passionate diver who was Blancpain’s CEO for three decades, 1950-1980. The second is that of Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, founders of the French Navy’s combat swimmers corps and who were searching for a reliable watch for their underwater missions. With continuous improvements in mind, Jean-Jacques Fiechter incorporated a circular water-tightness indicator to the Fifty Fathoms, where if any liquid were to leak into the watch case, a disk at 6 o’clock would signal the problem by changing its color from white to red.

News: Blancpain Presents the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Ocean Commitment II. A 250-Piece Limited Edition with an All-Blue Ceramic Case.

Continuing with their efforts to protect the seas and oceans, Blancpain presents the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Blancpain Ocean Commitment II —BOCII— ref. 5200 0310 G52A that for the very first time, features an all blue ceramic case and a sunburst grey dial. For each timepiece sold in this 250-piece limited edition, an amount of 1000 Euros will be donated in support of scientific expeditions.

Baselworld 2016: Presenting the New Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Plasma Gray Ceramic Case and Deep Blue Dial. Hands-on Review, Live Pictures & Pricing.

Reporting live from Baselworld 2016, we bring your our hands-on review and live pictures of one of the most beautiful sports watches we've seen so far at the show. Blancpain’s three-hand version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe appears for the first time in a plasma gray ceramic case with a striking deep blue dial.

Baselworld 2016: Presenting the new Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT Steel. Hands-on Review, Live Pictures & Pricing.

The new Blancpain Villeret Annual Calendar GMT, now fitted with a stainless steel case, enriches the Blancpain collections with the first annual calendar GMT model available in this metal. Playing with contrasts, the clear sapphire case back reveals the yellow gold winding rotor adorned with a guilloché motif. The hands as well as the hour-markers match the material of the watch case.

Insider: Blancpain Jour Nuit 'Day Night'. A Strikingly Beautiful and Refined Timepiece for Ladies.

We typically don't feature ladies watches on our website unless it's a piece that we really like. Therefore, we are featuring the new Blancpain 'Day Night' —Jour Nuit— released at Baselworld 2015 last month. Equipped with an exclusive movement incorporating two retrograde indications, the new Blancpain Day Night distinguishes itself with substantial technical innovations and by the fine craftsmanship of its disk. Once more Blancpain has reinforced its DNA and its tradition of innovation with this demonstration of savoir-faire in a new caliber created especially for its collection Women. Fitted with a generous case in 18K red gold with encrusted diamond bezel and a diameter of 40 mm, this timepiece offers an harmonious balance between its diameter and thickness at 11.35 mm. The dial is fashioned entirely in mother-of-pearl and is divided into three parts on four levels. The differences in height create an impression of great depth.

Posted on April 24, 2015 and filed under Baselworld, Blancpain.

Insider: Blancpain Les Métiers d’Art Shakudō Unique Pieces. A Japanese Ancient Technique Applied to Timepieces for the First Time.

Renowned for its engraving and enamel painting workshops as well as its Damascene timepieces, Blancpain has added the Les Métiers d'Art Shakudō unique pieces to their collection. Of Japanese origin, shakudō is an alloy principally composed of copper and gold, which acquires a dark patina between blue and black, according to variations in its composition and texture. The black patina is obtained following a process called passivation, which calls for the application of a solution. This solution, which is composed of copper acetate —green gray—, has been traditionally fabricated in Japan where it is known as rokushō. According to the number of applications of the rokushō solution, the black becomes successively deeper and more intense. The shakudō was used historically among other things to create swords, decorative objects and jewelry.

Video: Baselworld 2015 Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel.

Here we present you another one of our favorite pieces this year at Baselworld 2015. We are talking about the impressive Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel in platinum ref. 92322-34B39-55B. This new release from Baselworld 2015 with its distinctive bezel, the form of the applied numerals together with the asymmetric form of the bridges and base plate, give the timepiece a unique place in the within the Blancpain collection.

Posted on March 24, 2015 and filed under Blancpain, Videos.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel. Live Pictures and Pricing.

Here we present you another one of our favorite pieces this year at Baselworld 2015. We are talking about the impressive Blancpain L-Evolution Tourbillon Carrousel in platinum ref. 92322-34B39-55B. This new release from Baselworld 2015 with its distinctive bezel, the form of the applied numerals together with the asymmetric form of the bridges and base plate, give the timepiece a unique place in the within the Blancpain collection. This latest design has been finely crafted with a frosted finish as well as a NAC coating —a galvanic process that bestows a dark color on the bridges and base plate. The forms of two cages, that of the tourbillon and that of the carrousel, have been subtly reimagined and reshaped.

Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Blancpain Villeret Grande Date. Live Pictures and Pricing.

For the first time in the Villeret Collection, Blancpain is offering the complication of a grand date. This new watch Blancpain Villeret Grande Date is both elegant and practical. This new watch fitted with a perfectly sized case measuring 40 mm in diameter is available in stainless steel or 18K red gold. Fitted with an elegant opaline dial featuring Roman numerals, leaf hands and a double date aperture at 6 o'clock, this new watch uses a side-by-side calendar for optimal readability. When Blancpain’s watchmakers conceived the automatic caliber 6950, they had as their objective to maximize legibility of the date, while at the same time enabling an instant change at midnight. At the same time, they set out to ensure that the mechanism would not significantly increase the movement’s profile. The result, an automatic movement with two mainspring barrels and a date mechanism designed to resist shocks. It further distinguishes itself with its free sprung balance with a silicium spiral and regulated by gold regulation screws.

Posted on March 24, 2015 and filed under Blancpain, Baselworld, News.

News: Presenting the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Limited Edition. Only 250 Pieces to Help Protect the Ocean.

On October 9, 2014 Blancpain President & CEO Marc A. Hayek, unveiled a special Ocean Commitment limited edition which will be part of a series of limited editions. Each purchaser will join the Ocean Commitment Circle and will contribute and reinforce Blancpain's support for oceanic environmental causes through an additional donation which will be made for each watch. First of this series, the new Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is limited to 250 pieces. Blancpain commits to donate 1'000 Euros of the revenues from the sales of this piece to various initiatives.

The Bathyscaphe is a legendary name at Blancpain. Three years after the 1953 debut of the original Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain introduced the Bathyscaphe as a smaller diameter diving watch alternative adapted to daily wear. Over the years, the Bathyscaphe evolved in parallel with the Fifty Fathoms and became a part of the Fifty Fathoms legend.