BLANCPAIN

Blancpain was founded in 1735. Blancpain belongs to the Swatch Group (Breguet, Omega, Longines, Swatch). For many years during the 20th century Blancpain was out of business and did not sell any watches. In the 1980s Blancpain was revived and today enjoys considerable success among collectors. A somewhat famous marketing slogan is that Blancpain has never produced quartz watches and it never will. Every Blancpain timepiece (usually thirty to forty per day are being manufacture) is entirely made by one person, the so called watchmaker. The Blancpain 1735 watch is one of the most complicated watches ever made, its features include a tourbillon, minute repeater, perpetual calendar, split chrono - and together are the base for a grand complication. Blancpain watches are also popular with sports fans and divers. Among the notable Blancpain men's watches are the Blancpain Le Brassus, Blancpain Villeret, Blancpain Leman, Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms, Blancpain L-Evolution. Blancpain womens watches include the Blancpain Ladybird, Blancpain Mille et une nuits, Blancpain Quantieme, Blancpain Riviere. Usually Blancpain watch prices and Blancpain watches prices are based on the official policies of the brand. There is an official list of Blancpain prices which all certified dealers use. However, a vintage Blancpain watch or Blancpain replica watches sometimes are cheaper than a new watch depending on the collection. When buying a vintage Blancpain watch it is important to choose a recommended dealer and avoid looking for Blancpain watches for sale by searching 'Blancpain watches ebay' or 'Blancpain watches Amazon'. A good way to find out whether watch in question has any value is looking at the Blancpain watch serial numbers. Many Blancpain replica watches have fake serial numbers, so please be careful if you find a Blancpain replica watch. It is always recommended to by the timepieces at the brand directly. Blancpain watch repair is an important topic for collectors as a professional service will keep the watch in good shape. WatchTime has manyn Blancpain watches review stories, we constantly test Blancpain men's watches and post our opinion about the products. Blancpain watches for men are the best-selling category of the brand whereas Blancpain watches for women only represent a somewhat smaller portion of the business. The most popular models are the Blancpain Villeret, Blancpain Endurance series, Blancpain Leman, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Many fans come to watchtime.com to look at the Blancpain Fifthy Fathoms price in our database. WatchTime's Blancpain channel has thousands of visitors every month. Blancpain fans know that divers appreciate a particularly important Blancpain watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms; this Blancpain watch is considered by some to be the best divers' watch from a Swiss luxury watch brand. Blancpain collectors: whether you're looking for information on vintage Blancpain watches, Blancpain watch reviews, or Blancpain product info on new Blancpain watches, prices included, visit the Blancpain posts below.

The New Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

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All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at seven of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]

Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

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Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that are clad in black from head to toe. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?

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Autumn has begun, and the chilly temperatures have put me — and, I'd guess, many of you — in mind of a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to take? I know — not an easy decision for a watch lover. But how about if I narrow it down? … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The New Limited-Edition Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronograph

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Last week, Blancpain introduced its “Ocean Commitment” initiative at Cap d’Antibes in the South of France. This program will unite the manufacture's various activities to preserve and protect the world’s oceans as well as to increase public awareness through ocean exploration. … [Read more...]

Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre

Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsometre

Doctors and other medical professionals will appreciate the newest watch in Blancpain's elegant Villeret collection. The Blancpain Villeret Chronographe Pulsomètre is not only equipped with a flyback chronograph function but also includes, for the first time in a Blancpain watch, a pulsometer display for checking heart rates. … [Read more...]

Highlight Watches From WatchTime’s IBG 2014 Watch Collector Events

Breguet Tourbillon QP

The sponsoring luxury watch brands for WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of watch collector events have really strutted their stuff this year. As noted by WatchTime's IBG event partner, watch collector and aficionado Jeff Kingston, not only did each brand have a broad selection from its collection on display at the opening event in Chicago — far broader than you'd ever find at a boutique or other retailer — but key new watch models from SIHH and Baselworld that won’t be in stores … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: My 5 Top Dive Watches from Baselworld and Beyond

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Every year, Diveintowatches.com tries to cope with the rather difficult task of creating something like a "best in show" list of the new dive watches presented at the Baselworld watch fair. Scroll down to compare my top five dive watches from this year's Baselworld to my final list of top five dive watches from all the new models introduced this year. … [Read more...]

Bare Bones: 10 Interesting Skeleton Watches

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In skeleton watches, the watchmaker strips the watch's dial and/or movement to their bare essentials, revealing as much of the watch's interior as possible. For skeleton watch fans who love the technical "openwork" artistry that goes into skeleton watchmaking, these timepieces give them a detailed look at a watch's inner workings. Below we take a look at 10 skeleton watches introduced in recent years. … [Read more...]

Inside Basel.Geneva 2014 Showcase: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

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WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston are teaming up again to present the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" live event series, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. The series also visits New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Blancpain returns this year as a core sponsor, and at the show, you will be able to try on the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. … [Read more...]

Need for Speed: 10 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

2012 Blancpain L-Evolution Super Trofeo

The worlds of watchmaking and automobile racing have shared a strong connection for decades, with racing and high-performance cars often serving as a direct inspiration for watches, including classic models like the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera, which both turned 50 in 2013. Below we take a look at 10 recently released watches with designs influenced by automobile racing. As a partner with Lamborghini in the all-Lambo Super Trofeo auto racing series, Blancpain produces a line of Super … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How Swatch Helped Rescue the Dive Watch

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The quartz watch revolution (aka "quartz crisis") of the 1970s affected not only the watch industry in general, but also, of course, the dive watch category within it. Considering the number of model launches, innovations and constant improvements to such watches in the 1960s and the first half of the '70s, the '80s and early '90s were a rather dark time for dive watches by comparison. … [Read more...]

Press Release: Inside Basel.Geneva – The Premier Watch Collectors’ Event of 2014

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New York City (NY): America’s best-selling watch magazine, WatchTime, once again hosts “Inside Basel.Geneva,” its exclusive annual event for watch aficionados. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

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In the third part of our series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this week's edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

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In the third part of this series on the basics of divers' watches, DiveintoWatches.com takes on what is probably most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel. … [Read more...]

Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT

Blancpain Villeret Reveil GMT

What could be more useful to a frequent-flying globetrotter than a watch that tells the time in two time zones? How about a watch that tells the time in two time zones and has an alarm that can wake him up as his plane is landing? That's what Blancpain offers up here with its new Blancpain Villeret Réveil GMT, this week's Watch to Watch. … [Read more...]

7 Standout Tourbillon Watches Launched This Year

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Today marks the birthday of the patent for Abraham Louis-Breguet's most famous invention, the tourbillon, so what better time to re-visit our post-Baselworld 2014 feature on this year's most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch? Scroll down to get the scoop on seven notable new tourbillon watches making their debut this year. … [Read more...]

Watch Wallpaper: 10 Divers’ Watches

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Because divers' watches continue to be very popular, we've continued to cover a lot of them here on WatchTime.com. Here we collect photos of some of these timepieces, all of which have been introduced and/or released within the past few years, as downloadable wallpaper for your desktop. Click each photo for the larger image. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

Hard Hat Pocket Watch Case for divers

When Rolex and Blancpain launched their first wristwatches for divers in the early 1950s they did, in fact, create the archetype of the modern dive watch, thanks to the development of the quintessential rotating bezel. However they did not invent the first watch used by divers. … [Read more...]

Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe Celebrates 60 Years of Fifty Fathoms

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe pair

At Baselworld 2013, two iconic sport watches — the Rolex Daytona and TAG Heuer Carrera — celebrated their 50th birthdays with new models, while another historic watch brand, one with "50" in its name, celebrated its 60th. Blancpain's influential Fifty Fathoms divers' watch, now an entire collection, went back to the basics of its 1953 creation with the release of the vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. … [Read more...]

Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 Military Watches With NATO Straps

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In recent years I've taken to "pimping out" my new and old watches, some of them military watches, by replacing their original straps with colorful NATO straps. At this year's Baselworld, I found that I may have helped start a military watches trend, as I saw many new watches that had these military-style cloth straps as original equipment. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I showcase 10 of these military watches. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph

With Baselworld 2014 now passed, I have as usual assembled my personal list of favorite watches from the show. In the coming days and weeks, on Watch-Insider.com, I will publish lists that are more rational and technical than emotional, but for now, here are the top 10 watches from Baselworld that I most liked and would likely buy. … [Read more...]

Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch-Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2014

Linz and Omega's Urquhart

Our "Watch Insider," Alexander Linz, had a busy Baselworld 2014, running around to photograph new products and interview some of the watch world's biggest movers and shakers. Below you'll find links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime's sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Blancpain Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blancpain introduced a modern re-issue of its famed divers' watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, at last year's Baselworld. For Baselworld 2014, the brand has added a new model to the vintage-inspired Bathyscaphe family, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014 Preview: 19 New Watches We’ve Seen So Far

Omega Speedmaster Mark II

Baselworld 2014 is almost upon us, and the WatchTime team will be on-site at the world's biggest watch fair to provide you up-to-the-minute coverage of the scores of new timepieces making their world debuts there. Before we dive in, here's a roundup of the watches we've reported on so far, from brands that have provided pre-Baselworld press materials on some of their new products. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 15 Ladies’ Watches: Are These the Best Ladies’ Watches of the Year?

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Many luxury brands, even those known more for their men's watches, released interesting new ladies' watch collections, female watches and top ladies' watches in the recent months. Here, from my blog Watch-Insider.com, are my personal choices for the best watches for women, most beautiful ladies' timepieces, top ladies' watches and best ladies' watches presented in 2013, 2014 and 2015 so far. … [Read more...]

Pre-Baselworld 2014: Watch Insider Previews the New Blancpain Villeret Watch

Blancpain Villeret Collection 2014

The pre-Baselworld 2014 product releases have started pouring into my in-box, and I have already covered several of them on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Here is one of the latest: Blancpain's Villeret 2014, a self-winding three-hand watch with a date display, featuring a remarkably understated grand feu enamel dial. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 9 New Luxury Watches for Ladies

Parmigiani Ladies Metropolitaine

At the big watch fairs, like the upcoming Baselworld show and the recent SIHH in Geneva, the stars of the show tend to be complicated watches for men, but each year, watch brands also debut plenty of ladies' watches, many made at the same level of craftsmanship as their male counterparts. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we're looking at some recently announced ladies' watches which will be available in 2014. … [Read more...]

Around the Web: 2014 Watch Predictions, Tiffany-Swatch Legal Decision, Blancpain’s Chefs and the “Death Watch”

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The new year has begun, and it is time for our first installment of "Around the Web" for 2014.  As always, WatchTime social media maven Alan Loren updates watch aficionados with what we thought were some of the most interesting watch-related stories and news tidbits of the past weeks, culled from the websites of your favorite brands as well as some of the most popular watch blogs and other media. Here's what caught our eye on the web this week. … [Read more...]

WatchTime’s January-February Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime Jan-Feb 2014 Cover

The January-February issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and on Nook, Kindle, and the WatchTime app for iOS and Android), featuring in-depth watch tests of the IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, and Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU, a reference guide to the watch industry's quality marks, a gallery of blue-dial beauties, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [Read more...]