Blancpain is the oldest registered watchmaking brand, according to official records. Jehan-Jacques Blancpain registered his watchmaking business in the official property register of the municipality of Villeret in 1735, making him the first to do so. Blancpain is well-known for its involvement in marine ecology. The company’s long-standing commitment to preserving marine ecology has much deeper roots. Blancpain, which has created several notable tool-focused dive watches over the years, was frequently involved in research expeditions around the world.
Blancpain has never made a quartz/battery-powered watch, and it will never make one, according to the watchmaker. Blancpain’s goal is not to mass-produce watches, but rather to ensure that master watchmakers and artisans devote their knowledge, expertise, and training to spend months, if not a full year, manufacturing and assembling every Blancpain watch by hand. Here’s a list of incredible Blancpain watches for timepiece connoisseurs.
Blancpain Air Command Chronograph Watch
One of the incredible Blancpain Watches for timepiece connoisseurs is Blancpain Air Command Chronograph Watch. The Air Command has an intriguing pedigree. Following the success of the fifty fathoms, it was born in the late 1950s. Blancpain’s famous dive watch had so impressed the US Navy that the Swiss company decided to develop a very similar model for the Air Force to be used in the skies. The Air Command is essentially a Fifty Fathoms with a Flyback chronograph function, a tachymeter scale, and a countdown bezel as opposed to the Blancpain’s count-up bezel. The case measures 42.5mm in diameter and houses a modern, high-end movement. The F388B movement, based on the Frederic Piguet 1185, powers the Blancpain Air Command. This high-frequency flyback chronograph is fantastic, with an El Primero-matching 5Hz operating speed. The cool propeller rotor shines through the sapphire case back, while the silicon hairspring breathes just below it.
Blancpain Villeret GMT Date Watch
The incredibleVilleret GMT Date is available in two styles: red gold and stainless steel. The only difference between the two is the color of the dials and their hands. The red-gold Villeret GMT Date has an opaline dial and red-gold hands, whereas the stainless steel version has a white dial and stainless steel hands. Both come with a leather strap or a matching Mille Mailles bracelet with rice beads — which translates to “a thousand links.” The case measures 40mm in width and 10.28mm in thickness. It has a 30-meter water-resistance rating. There is a raised chapter ring with Roman numeral hour indices applied. A 24-hour scale is included in this chapter ring for the GMT complication. For the hours and minutes, there are two leaf-shaped hands, a long seconds hand with a JB counterweight, and a fourth GMT hand with a red arrow tip. There’s a date at 3 p.m. Inside it is the self-winding Caliber 5A50 GMT movement. It has a good 72-hour battery life and beats at 3Hz.
Blancpain Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition Watch
This Mokarran capitalizes on the green-dialed trend by utilizing Blancpain’s standard stainless steel Bathyscaphe with its brushed ‘Meteor’ gray dial and punching in a bright, tropical shade of green. Consider palm fronds and warm sunlight filtering through dense mangroves, rather than the staid ‘Kermit’ or British Racing Green tones. Its dial is matched by a matte green ceramic bezel with contrasting Liquid Metal demarcations, and it is fitted with Blancpain’s black NATO strap, which matches the case’s dark ceramic exterior. It is also distinct in that it is the first 43mm Bathyscaphe reference rendered without a date aperture at 4:30 placement. Blancpain’s Calibre 1318 – a no-date variant of the stunning Cal. 1315 used throughout the line – was used to accomplish this, providing an impressive 5 days of power reserve. This limited edition’s solid 18k gold rotor features a neat engraving of “Sphyrna mokarran” – the great hammerhead shark, which is also the focus of the watch’s conservation efforts.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s Watch
The Bathyscaphe was presented to the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms diver line, where it added a nice amount of vintage-inspired, but tech-savvy modernity. It is available in titanium, ceramic, and stainless steel, with a 43mm case that features clean lines, interesting bevels, and muted finishes. It was completed with Swatch Group signature technologies such as finely machine-finished movements, a Liquid Metal bezel, and, later, colored ceramic cases, resulting in a stealthy, luxury product. Blancpain’s automatic 1315 “DD” Calibre, a 4Hz (28,800vph) movement with a lavish 120-hour power reserve and a day and date window at 3:00, powers the watch. The date aperture extends to the dial’s very edge, directly in line with the silver chapter ring. The dial is a graduated grey that darkens towards the outer ring of the dial. It has an ‘antique’ chocolate leather strap which comes standard to this edition.
Blancpain is the embodiment of old-school, handcrafted Swiss luxury timepieces. It is created by and meant for timepiece connoisseurs. Because each timepiece is handcrafted, each piece is one-of-a-kind and bears the signature of the individual watchmaker who created it.
If you’ve been searching for a Swiss luxury watch brand with a long and illustrious history, with excellent, handcrafted timepieces that display a level of luxury, artisanship, and technical brilliance, and inventiveness, Blancpain is the way to go!