The year 1735 is rightly in the Blancpain logo and rightly so, like any other brand with the same number of years behind its history. For these long-standing names, the centuries that have passed between their foundation and now are representations of an evolution.
But to evolve is to adapt to the times and to constantly update oneself. When Blancpain announced this year its Villeret Tourbillon Flying Jumping Hour Minute Retrograde at Baselworld, it was a first among others for the brand and a step towards new ways to execute its timepieces. The luscious name of the watch refers to three main features: a flying tourbillon, a jumping hour and a retrograde minute display.
But what is more important for Blancpain is the first time the brand uses jumping hours and retrograde minutes, displayed together in its own circular sector at six o’clock.
Although the watch may have a seemingly quiet appearance, collectors have plenty of time to scrutinize the dial. On the white grand feu enamel dial, gold rings encircle each of the three distinctive functions of the watch, reinforcing their integrated individuality.
Faithful to the philosophy of doing something new, the flying tourbillon of the Villeret Tourbillon Flying Jumping Hour Minute Retrograde sees its lower deck removed and replaced by a transparent sapphire disc, allowing an even sharper view of the tourbillon.
While the presentation of the dial differs from that of Blancpain, the red gold case is clearly a Villeret with a double step around the area of the telescope. Another unusual feature to note is the guilloche decoration on the hand-wound movement with 144 hours of power reserve. A platinum version of this watch was announced at the same time, but it is a limited edition of 50 copies. Whatever the material used, this 42 mm watch, while on the wrist, marks the passage of time to a whole new level.
In fact, at World of Watches, we were so enamored of the watch that we presented it, larger than life in the great whirlwind feature of our latest issue of Festive. The question is on sale in stores, so you’ll know more about the most appreciated complication in the world of the watch and what Blancpain has to do.