Due to the cancellation of Time to Move, which was supposed to take place this very week, we will have a different path of learning about the Blancpain novelties this year. Of course I will try to do my best to provide hands-on photos of all new timepieces as soon as possible, but I thought it would be worthwhile to provide you with an overview on all officially released models based on the Blancpain press information in the meantime. This overview will be updated whenever new models are released.
The Villeret Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel for the Year of the Metal Ox (December 2020)
On December 21 the new iteration of the Villeret Calendrier Chinois Traditionnel was introduced prior to the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 12, 2021.
This highly complicated watch is limited to 50 pieces and it celebrates the upcoming Year of the Metal Ox.
The Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC for HODINKEE (December 2020)
On December 15 Blancpain and Hodinkee introduced their second collaboration. This time it is a 40mm Fifty Fathoms in a 40.3mm satin brushed stainless steel case, limited to 250 pieces in total with 200 already sold out through the Hodinkee online shop and 50 being distributed through select Blancpain boutiques.
A designated post on this surprising piece can be found here in the blog. The fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC for HODINKEE can be found here on the Blancpain website.
A Boutique exclusive Villeret in striking colors (November 2020)
Today, November 24, Blancpain introduced a new version of the 40mm reference 6651 in yellow gold with a green sunburst finished dial, called Villeret Extraplate Boutique edition.
A hands-on report with this beauty can already be found here in the blog. It is a truly amazing timepiece, I think. You find the new watch here on the Blancpain website.
Two new Boutique Metiers d’Art masterpieces for Taiwan (November 2020)
On November 16 these two exquisite examples for the masterful creativity and execution typical for the Blancpain Metiers d’Art workshop were introduced. Both show the Formosa clouded leopard, a signature member of the island’s animal kingdom.
Besides the finalized product, the process of making those masterpieces using all the craftsmanship one can think of is worth documenting. Here are some impressions showing that very process:
These two marvels can be found here on the Blancpain website.
Two new colorful Bathyscaphe models (September 2020)
Today, Sep 30th, Blancpain have introduced two new Bathyscaphe models, the Day Date Desert Edition in a limited series of 500 pieces…
… and the regular collection Chronographe Ceramic with green dial and bezel:
Both watches are available immediately and can already be checked out at the Blancpain Boutiques around the globe. You find the Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition here and the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Ceramic here on the Blancpain website.
A new Bathyscaphe Sedna gold with blue dial and bezel (July 2020)
Fresh from a press release today , July 31, here’s a new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in Sedna gold with a blue sunburst dial and a blue ceramic bezel insert with Ceragold markers.
This is only the second timepiece featuring the special gold, copper and palladium alloy called Sedna gold, and it apparently seems to be reserved for the Bathyscaphe ref 5000.
The new timepiece is available on a dark blue sailcloth strap (with either tang or deployant buckle) and the new style Nato strap (without metal keepers on tang buckle). A hands-on report with this beautiful 2020 novelty will be released on August 1st. You find the new Bathyscaphe Sedna gold here on the Blancpain website.
A colorful limited to 50 pieces no-date Bathyscaphe (July 2020)
Today on July 7 a limited to 50 pieces Bathyscaphe was launched exclusively for the two US Blancpain Boutiques in New York and Las Vegas, featuring a captivating green dial in a black ceramic case. The watch is powered by caliber 1318, indicating that it has no date function but otherwise is identical with the well known cal 1315.
The watch has the reference number 5000-0153-NABA, it carries the name Mokarran and is closely linked to a Blancpain Ocean Commitment project with the Mokarran Protection Society to measure and identify great hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) in French Polynesia. Although this one is not an official Ocean Commitment timepiece, Blancpain has included an additional donation of $1,000 per watch to the namegiving project as it was the case with the OC watches.
You can learn more about this strikingly beautiful novelty here on the Blancpain website and here in an exclusive and very enjoyable article by Roger Ruegger for Watchtime.
Going all in on titanium (June 2020)
Today on June 5th Blancpain has released the news on a titanium bracelet for the two Fifty Fathoms Automatique and the Fifty Fathoms Grande Date in titanium. The bracelet has now the screws for removing each link on the underside of the bracelet, which is a first for a Blancpain bracelet. A hands-on report will be posted soon.
New pure and refined Villeret timepieces (June 2020)
Today, on June 2nd, Blancpain has released two new 38mm models in different variations within their Villeret line, replacing references 6223 and 6263.
The watches are available in stainless steel or red gold, on leather strap or Milles Mailles bracelet, with a plain or diamond set bezel. The steel versions have matte white dials, the gold versions feature opaline dials, the versions with diamond set bezel also have diamond markers on the dial.
A hands-on report is coming soon. Until then, here are the official photos.
Villeret Ultra Plat 6224:
Villeret Quantieme Complet 6264:
Two new “La Dolce Vita” watches (March 2020)
On March 6 Blancpain released the information on two new Villeret models. The Villeret Ultraplate 6651-3640 and the Villeret Quantieme Complet 6654-3640 combine a midnight-blue dial with a 18ct red gold case, a truly striking combination.
Below are the Blancpain press release and the technical data (click on the photo to enlarge). You can read about the two new timepieces here on the Blancpain website., my hands-on report with these beauties can be found here.
The heritage of beauty (January 2020)
The first novelty of the year was a spectacular watch, the Women Saint-Valentin 2020. The first rectangular Blancpain in modern times, with the all new rectangular movement calibre 510.
Made in a quantity of only 14 pieces, this watch is directly linked to the cocktail watch of Marilyn Monroe, which was unveiled to the public last November in the NYC Blancpain Boutique. You can learn more about Marilyn Monroe & Blancpain here.
Here are the press release and the technical sheet of the Blancpain Women Saint-Valentin 2020. You find this marvel here on the Blancpain website.
All photos, press releases and technical sheets are copyright Blancpain.
This overview will be updated as we learn more.
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