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There are multiple places a Blancpain aficionado can find interesting information and the opportunity to take a closer look. Here are some I recommend exploring further:

 


 

A must read is the site of Peter Speake-Marin, aka The Naked Watchmaker. PSM frequently deconstructs modern and vintage Blancpain timepieces, allowing for a close look at the excellence that normally is hidden to the owner:

TheNakedWatchmaker-Blancpain

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Deconstruction Fifty Fathoms Ref 5015

Deconstruction Villeret Squelete Ref 6633

Deconstruction Villeret 8 Jours Quantieme Complet Ref 6639a

Deconstruction Villeret Equation Marchante Quantieme Perpetuel Ref 6638

Deconstruction X-Fathoms Ref 5018

Deconstruction Vintage Fifty Fathoms

Deconstruction Vintage Rolls


 

Some wordwide watch fora offer a designated section for Blancpain, obviously with a slightly different bias due to the primary geographic audience and group of members.

For english speaking audiences I recommend two fora, PuristSPro and timezone.

PuristSPro (watchprosite) offers a lot of information especially on vintage Blancpain timepieces with a focus on the fifty Fathoms. You will also find a good representation of current models:

PuristSPro Blancpain

Timezone is a sophisticated forum since more than two decades, the focus is on the current timepieces:

Timezone Blancpain

For German speaking audiences I recommend the forum Watchlounge which provides a variety of topics and a small subsection for Blancpain:

Watchlounge Blancpain

 


 

This is only a short representation of interesting places to explore when it comes to Blancpain. Another solid and comprehensive source of information is the Blancpain website and of course the Lettres du Brassus:

Lettres du Brassus

Deconstruction Blancpain Fifty Fathoms by The Naked Watchmaker

The Fifty Fathoms divers watch was originally designed in 1953. A deconstruction of the original model can be viewed by clicking here.  The modern version has evolved from the original design, to what is today a technically superior version from the movement through to the execution of the case. This version was launched in 2007.

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Deconstruction Vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms by The Naked Watchmaker

An example of the original Fifty Fathoms divers watch manufactured in the early 1950’s.


(This watch was restored & photographed at Blancpain in their restoration workshop.)

 

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Deconstruction Blancpain Villeret Équation du Temps Marchante Quantieme Perpetuel by The Naked Watchmaker

The Running Equation of Time function is rarely executed in watchmaking. Here it is combined with a perpetual calendar, moonphases indication and entirely hand engraved automatic calibre.

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about / links

I am a long time Blancpain collector and enthusiast, also active under the pseudonym shortys home in various worldwide watch fora, the Blancpain – Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Group on Facebook and on Instagram.

Based on my experience with Blancpain timepieces for more than 20 years and countless interactions with fellow enthusiasts I decided to create a blog entirely dedicated to the Manufacture based in Le Brassus.

The aim of this blog is to create a home for Blancpain aficionados, sharing views and opinions. Over time the blog shall provide a comprehensive view on the Manufacture and the timepieces. For now the blog will concentrate on the timepieces from the mid 1990s until today, the vintage watches will not be featured in the blog since they deserve specific attention and expertise.

One key feature of the blog is photography that is meant to capture the watches just as a caring owner would look at them, explore their details and appreciate the timeless design. All photography is done by myself using an iPhone 7+, occasionally with the help of a 6x Loupe System lens.

The blog is independent from the Manufacture, but it receives support in terms of knowledge and access to the timepieces. A heartfelt thank you goes to Blancpain and their representatives for their support!


There is a lot to learn about Blancpain, it’s history, heritage, philosophy, creativity, craftmanship, activities and of course timepieces. With a current annual output of just north of 20,000 pieces, Blancpain can be called a comparatively small manufacturer, still offering the full depth and excellence of Haute Horlogerie. Please explore the just recently re-designed

Blancpain website

There are many interesting aspects  I do not explicitely want to repeat here, since many aspects are already captured very well on the website. This one however I’d like to point out: a wonderful overview on the history of the Manufacture Blancpain:

Blancpain History

The Manufacture entertains close relationships to the  Haute Cuisine, Motorsports and of course the underwater world with the truly remarkable initiative named Blancpain Ocean Commitment. It is a true pleasure to join Blancpain in their activities to raise awareness and support projects to save the oceans of the world, captured on their dedicated and just renewed website.

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

The world of Blancpain is captured extremely well in the Lettres du Brassus, a now annual magazine that consists of 18 editions as of today. The Lettres du Brassus can be subscribed to through the Blancpain website or any Blancpain Boutique – or you download them here:

Lettres du Brassus

One other area that’s worth exploring is Blancpain TV. You will find close to 250 videos in 5 different channels:

Blancpain TV

In case you wish to get an overview on (almost) all modern Blancpain references, you can work yourself through this quite comprehensive collection of data:

all Blancpain references, Nov 2018

And finally , here you find an explanation of the Blancpain reference numbers:

Overview Ref No System


There are multiple addional places a Blancpain aficionado can find interesting information and the opportunity to take a closer look. Here are some I recommend exploring further:

A must read is the site of Peter Speake-Marin, aka The Naked Watchmaker. PSM frequently deconstructs modern and vintage Blancpain timepieces, allowing for a close look at the excellence that normally is hidden to the owner.

The Naked Watchmaker

Thanks to Peter Speake-Marin I have the opportunity to feature the decontructions on this blog, which I am very grateful for. You will find the decontruction reports in the blog posts section.


Some wordwide watch fora offer a designated section for Blancpain, obviously with a slightly different bias due to the primary geographic audience and group of members.

For English speaking audiences I recommend two fora:

PuristSPro offers a lot of information, with a bias on vintage Blancpain timepieces . You will also find a good representation of current models.

Timezone is a sophisticated forum since more than two decades, the focus of the Blancpain forum is mainly set on current timepieces.

For German speaking audiences I recommend the forum Watchlounge which provides a variety of topics and a small subsection for Blancpain.


I hope you enjoy this blog and participate actively. Together we can share our passion and build a source that over time accumulates knowledge accessible to collectors and enthusiasts. You are kindly invited to follow the blog and receive updates on each new report, in addition you can register as a member and have the opportunity to actively participate. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or any topics you would like to see covered in the blog.

Henrik Schwiening, November 2018

Deconstruction Rolls by The Naked Watchmaker

The Rolls watch history is linked with Blancpain and the development of the automatic wristwatches. In the 1920s, Frédéric-Emile Blancpain met the British watchmaker, John Harwood, who had been working on the concept of automatic winding in wristwatches. The two worked together and used a Blancpain base movement to develop a circular automatic wristwatch in 1926. – In 1931 F.-E.Blancpain collaborated with the French watchmaker Léon Hatot, with another form of automatic winding system. Placing the movement inside a carriage allowing it to slide back and forth, winding up the mainspring. The size of the calibre meant that a small ladie’s rectangular watch could be made, which had not been available before. The name of the watch Rolls may have been influenced by the way in which the automatic functions. It has also been suggested that F.-E. Blancpain selected the name in connection with the Rolls Royce brand.

 

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