Blancpain

Blancpain 1735 by Blancpain (Swiss, Founded 1735).
Approximate Cost:56 480.00 GBP

BlancpainBlancpain really started making a world-class name for itself in the 1950s when it’s ‘Fifty Fathoms’ was selected by several armies (among others: USA, French, German and Italian). In 1956 Blancpain launched the Ladybird model, the smallest automatic movement in the world.
Now owned by the Swatch Group.

The company came to the forefront of watchmaking expertise in the 1980s. In 1983, a world first: the smallest movement indicating moon phase, day, month and date. 1988, the smallest minute repeater wristwatch. In 1989 the company achieved two world firsts: the world’s slimmest chronograph and the first self-winding split-seconds chronograph in the history of watchmaking.

Another world première, in 1990, Blancpain unveiled the first and only self-winding Tourbillon watch with date and one-week power reserve.

In 1998 the company launched the Sea – Earth – Sky trilogy including the Fifty Fathoms, the GMT and the Air Command.

The ultra-slim, Villeret, self-winding (ref. 4053-1540-55) was recognised ‘Watch of the Year’ by the Swiss public in 2002.

The company has created the world’s most complicated watch, and in recent years has won prestigious awards such as Watch of the year, the ladies watch prize of Geneva’’ first Watchmaking Grand Prix in 2001, the ladies watch prize of La Revue des Montres in 2002, and the Luxus prize of the Chrono Awards.

Named for the year Jehan-Jacques Blancpain opened his first factory, the shimmering 1735 complete with a crocodile strap and 80-hour power reserve boasts a half-dozen complications — two more than necessary to qualify as a ‘grand complication’.

Within the ultra-slim, 42 mm platinum case –the 1735 has a perpetual calendar, split-second chronograph, minute repeater, tourbillon and moon phase minder. It takes eight-to-ten months to piece together all 740 components, and only 18 out of a limited run of 30 watches have been assembled to date.

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