Haute Time caught up with Blancpain recently at their new location in New York City. The Boutique moved from its Madison Avenue location to its new home at 645 Fifth Avenue. While there, Haute Time enjoyed a tour of the new boutique and also took a look at a few very special Blancpain pieces.
While enjoying the lovely atmosphere in the boutique, elegantly decorated with rich woods and leather along with cozy areas to sit and view timepieces, we couldn’t help but notice the beautifully lit showcases displaying Blancpain’s collections. We took a look at The Villeret 12 Day Flying Tourbillon, The Traditional Chinese Calendar, The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph and The Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours. Take a look:
The Villeret 12 Day Flying Tourbillon features a 42mm platinum case which houses a Blancpain Calibre 242 self-winding movement with a 288-hour power reserve. The beautiful white, grand feu enamel dial displays hours and minutes with platinum hands and painted enamel Roman numerals. At 12 o’clock on the dial the beating tourbillon is displayed. Fitted with a black alligator strap and a platinum buckle, The Villeret 12 Day Flying Tourbillon is part of a Limited Edition production of 188 pieces created by Blancpain.
The Traditional Chinese Calendar features a self-winding Calibre 3638 movement housed in a 45mm platinum case. On the dial, we see the hours, minutes and Gregorian calendar along with the Chinese Calendar, showing signs of the zodiac, five elements, celestial stems, the twelve animals of the zodiac along with moon-phase. This impressive piece is offered as part of a limited edition collection of 20 special pieces.
The newest version of the Bathyscaphe is equipped with a new self-winding Blancpain F385 Manufacture movement featuring a Flyback function. The 43mm Bathyscaphe case is shown here in brushed black ceramic with a black dial with lines and dots serving as hour markers and the date window at 4 o’clock. The Bathyscaphe also features a black ceramic bezel with hour markers, and it is filled with a patented metal alloy for ultimate scratch resistance. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph features a sapphire crystal and case back and is water-resistant to depth of 300 meters. Fitted with a black NATO fabric or canvas strap.
This star studded version of the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours features an 18ct. red gold 45mm case which houses a Blancpain reference 25A, self-winding movement. The black dial is surrounded by a one-way rotating bezel decorated with 3.22 carats of diamonds. With the 8 day power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock and the tourbillon at 12 o’clock along with hours and minutes, this Fifty Fathoms piece is the perfect combination of elegance, haute watch making and the durability and sportiness of the Fifty Fathoms collection.
If you would like to see these special pieces, or any of the Blancpain collections, feel free to visit the New Blancpain Boutique on Fifth Avenue, in the heart of New York City or visit: www.blancpain.com for more information.