BaselWorld 2015 officially kicked off today, and Blancpain wasted no time in wowing the crowd; the luxury watchmaker unveiled five amazing timepieces. Here’s your close up look: the first timepiece is the Blancpain Villeret Grande Date. Hosted inside a red gold 40 mm double pomme case, it features an opaline dial with applied Roman numerals, red gold hands, date display at 6 o’clock. It is powered by the caliber 6950, and comes completed a chocolate brown alligator strap.
The second timepiece is Blancpain Villeret Shakudō, housed in a red gold stepped bezel case of 45 mm. “Japanese in origin, shakudō is an alloy principally composed of copper and gold, which acquires a dark patina between blue and black, according to variations in its composition and texture.” No less than four different models are being presented which combine shakudō, engraving and Damascening, with image of Ganesh is portrayed on the dial. Completing the ensemble is a brown alligator strap.
The third timepiece is Blancpain Day Night, a sexy and glamourous watch powered by a caliber 1150, an exclusive movement incorporating two retrograde indications. The dial is fashioned entirely in mother of pearl and is divided into three parts on four levels; the moon is composed of 50 diamonds, while the sun is fashioned with 50 yellow sapphires. Placed upon the surface are several yellow colored mother of pearl dots as well as 14 diamonds which represent the stars. At the exterior the bezel is set with two spiral shaped rows of 140 diamonds around its exterior. The novelty is supplied with a white ostrich strap.
The timepiece number four is the Blancpain L-evolution – Tourbillon Carrousel. The case is in platinum with a diameter of 47.40 mm featuring an aggressive and sporty look, housing both a flying tourbillon and flying carrousel. It is completed by an integrated black alligator strap. This timepiece will be limited to only 50 examples (my favourite from the new reveals).
And the last timepiece is the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback. Housed in a 43.60 mm gray ceramic case with a ceramic crown and ceramic chronograph pushers. It is powered by Blancpain’s latest in-house movement, the F385 caliber beating at 36,800 vib/h, and a has a power reserve of 50 hours. The new Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is limited to 250 pieces, and each purchaser will receive a copy of Blancpain’s collectible volume entitled Fifty Fathoms The Dive and Watch History 1953-2013. The luxury watchmaker also commits to donate 1’000 Euros of the revenues from the sales of this piece to various initiatives.
For more information & images, head over to Blancpain’s official website right here.