2019 is coming to a close and the Blancpain Blog is now online for slightly more than one year. I thank all of you for visiting the blog frequently and reaching out via email to discuss various topics. With more than 30,000 site visits from more than 120 countries in the first year of its existence, I think the Blancpain Blog has had a nice start and I will do my best to keep it interesting for my readers in 2020.
Let me feature some of the highlights from 2019 as a last post this year. It has been a busy year with 35 blog posts and hundreds of photos, here are my personal favorites and some important 2019 developments at Blancpain we could witness.
From my photo sessions I took some personal positive surprises, like the Villeret Mouvement Inverse, which I never saw in the metal before. Overall, the variety of Blancpain watches I was able to capture this year was astonishing and a huge pleasure for me. A heartfelt Merci Beaucoup goes to Blancpain for supporting the photo sessions!
In spring, Blancpain have launched their new website, which is a lot more user friendly, visually appealing and also reflective of the streamlined collection which now consists of only three major model families: Fifty Fathoms, Villeret and Women. Alongside the new main website, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment site was redesigned as well.
This was the first year the Swatch Group held their own fair for retailers and the press after leaving Baselworld. Time to Move took place in two parts this year: in March the retailers were able to see the novelties and place their orders. But their knowledge about what was new had to be kept secret from customers and was strictly under embargo until May 17, when the second part for the press was finished.
The waiting time was worth it. Blancpain introduced possibly the strongest novelties lineup ever:
Three new versions of the Fifty Fathoms Automatique ref 5015 show the versatility of this model, with the Nageurs de Combat being an outstanding reference to the first days of the iconic diving watch.
The Villeret and Women lines have been strengthened with beautiful basic pieces, including the first manual wind Villeret since many years.
And let’s not forget the two beautiful Boutique editions which opened and closed the novelty year for Blancpain: the Villeret Quantieme Perpetuel and the Villeret Ultraplate, both in platinum with a blue dial and limited to 88 pieces.
In a rapidly changing market for fine watches, Blancpain has re-focused on the core strengths of the Manufacture, based on their recognizable design code and unrivaled capabilities in vertical integration of manufacturing for sports watches, highly complicated timepieces and the amazing Metiers d’Art creations.
Next year we will undoubtedly also see some interesting new Blancpain timepieces, and we will learn about those earlier than this year since Time to Move will take place in late March. I will do my best to keep you well informed and provide hands-on photos as soon as possible.
I sincerely hope you enjoyed the journey so far and that you stay along for 2020. Have a great holiday season and an excellent start into the new year!