BLANCPAIN PRE-BASEL 2013 IN STEP WITH CONTEMPORARY WOMEN, THE NEW CHRONOGRAPH GRANDE DATE

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A pioneer since 1930 in the creation of ladies’ watches equipped with self-winding movements, Blancpain pursues this path and regularly introduces models developed for women sensitive to watchmaking complications.  Loyal to tradition, the new Chronograph Large Date associates a dainty mother-of-pearl face and self-winding heart with several complications within a model featuring generous gem-set lines.

Right at first glance, the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by a minute track reveals a two part composition delineated by two waves of 17 variously sized diamonds rippling out from the centre with its chronograph seconds hand.  At 12 o’clock the off-centred time display featuring Roman hour and minute numerals on a mother-of-pearl subdial creates a dynamic counterpoint to the Arabic numerals on the chronograph counters; while the double-disc large date display appears through twin apertures 6 o’clock. read more

Ladies Watches for 2016

Opulence and high mechanics ruled the halls of Baselworld 2016 for ladies timepieces. iW Managing Editor and resident ladies category expert, Nancy Olson, compiled some of the most memorable ladies watches from this year’s show. She notes common themes among the models, including historical roots and decorative design with unique materials. Read on for more on Blancpain, Breguet, Fabergé, Dior, Hermès, Rolex, Harry Winston and Patek Philippe. read more

Five Equation of Time Watches

In honor of leap year – celebrated this year with an added day this month – we bring you five fantastic equation of time watches that track time even better than we do.

An equation of time watch shows the difference between true solar time (nature) and mean time (man’s time). True solar time varies from day to today because of the Earth’s orbit and its axis. Mean time ignores the variations of the days and divides the year mathematically into equal hours and equal days read more

BLANCPAIN OPENS TWO NEW BOUTIQUES IN HONG KONG

On March 21, 2013, prestigious Swiss watchmaker Blancpain presented a series of marvelous events in Hong Kong: on the same day, the brand opened a new boutique at ifc mall in Central and a flagship store at 1881 Heritage in Tsim Sha Tsui, continuing the sensation that began with the opening of the brand’s boutique on Russell Street in Causeway Bay last September. Both situated at the most sensational luxury hubs on the opposite shores of the Victoria Harbour, the new shops are the latest shining additions to the Pearl of the Orient with their elegant and esteemed shopping experience crafted for watch aficionados and enthusiasts in town. read more

A Race for the Bottom: Water Resistance in Dive Watches

ISO 6425, the international standard that spells out the guidelines for diving watches, states that for a timepiece to be suitable for diving it must have a rated water resistance of at least 100 meters. Considering that the maximum depth to which the Professional Association of Diving Instructors trains students for Open Water certification is a mere 18 meters, this seems like a suitable safety margin. Yet watch companies continue to push ever deeper with water resistance ratings, a race for the bottom that has been going on since the birth of the diving watch. read more

Blancpain Ocean Commitment Exhibit in Las Vegas

For many years Blancpain has supported initiatives designed to preserve and protect the world’s oceans. Under the heading Blancpain Ocean Commitment, the watch company has raised funds for National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Expeditions, the Gombessa Projects of Laurent Ballesta, and for more than ten Pristine Seas expeditions that aim to protect more than three million square kilometers of ocean. read more

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Blancpain’s three-hand version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe appears for the first time in a plasma gray ceramic case. Outfitting the model with a deep blue dial invokes an image of the sea. The plasma gray ceramic bezel is equipped with a blue ceramic insert featuring Liquidmetal® hour markers, preventing distortions. The material was first used in the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Ocean Commitment in 2014. read more

Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh Watch

About a topic like religion, and how to watch with it? I would like to introduce you to Blancpain never produced Villeret to save the artwork of Ganesh’s watch.

The Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch, as the name indicates, is a tribute to the Hindu Lord Ganesha, and it is a new offering from Blancpain’s Villeret line of watches. Lord Ganesha, also known as Vinayaka (Knowlegeable) and Vighneshwara (Lord of obstacles) is one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. Another interesting fact about Lord Ganesha is that he is known as the patron of arts, and Blancpain launching the stunningly artistic Blancpain Villeret Métiers D’Art Ganesh watch around Lord Ganesha’s birthday couldn’t be a better birthday present for him. read more