I am a long time Blancpain collector and enthusiast, also active under the pseudonym shortys home in various worldwide watch fora and on Instagram. You can also join me and many other enthusiasts in the Blancpain – Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie Group on Facebook.
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
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:
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:
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 deconstructions 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 dedicated sub-forum 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