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.

Throwing A Curve: The How, What, When, Where and Why Of Mainsprings

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In this in-depth feature from the April 2013, issue of WatchTime Magazine, watch expert Gisbert L. Brunner explained that mainsprings perform herculean tasks. With a maximum thickness of just 75/1,000 mm, they develop strong torque, which they keep almost constant. … [Read more...]


Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury Watches With Mechanical Alarms

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They're not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it's curious that more watch brands haven't embraced them. Here are five worth noting. … [Read more...]


Military Time: Watch Insider Presents 10 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 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 watches. … [Read more...]


WatchTime Reader Tour: Experience Haute Horlogerie In Germany And Switzerland

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WatchTime offers a watchmaking journey you will never forget, from June 24 to July 2, 2015. Where: Several locations in Switzerland and Glashuette, Germany; we will start in Glashütte and end in Geneva Not even the average German knows where Glashütte is located, yet this beautiful, hidden gem is one of the capitals of watchmaking. Once a small mining village, Glashütte stumbled upon haute horlogerie by accident, but then held on to this art - and today has firmly established its … [Read more...]


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

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Winter is finally fading, but 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...]


Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

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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 13 recently released watches with designs influenced by motorsports. … [Read more...]


The 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...]


Blancpain Watches: A Test and History of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

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WatchTime Spotlight:  Blancpain – A Test & History Of The Fifty Fathoms Fans of classic divers’ watches now have a unique opportunity to read our test of one of the most popular Blancpain watches, from the June 2008 issue of WatchTime magazine. But that’s not all: you are also invited to join WatchTime for a journey through the fascinating history of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. If you’re curious as to how the watch scored, and how it came to be, download WatchTime Spotlight: … [Read more...]


Audio: Watch Insider Interviews 10 Watch Brand VIPs at Baselworld 2015

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"Watch Insider" Alexander Linz spent Baselworld 2015 dashing back and forth to photograph new products and interview the big hitters of the watch world. Here are links to audio files of the interviews, conducted for WatchTime’s sister blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Blancpain L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel (Updated with Live Photos)

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One of Blancpain’s highlights at this year’s Baselworld is the L-evolution Tourbillon Carrousel, a highly complicated piece with a futuristic dial and case design to match. Tourbillons and carrousels both rotate their cages within a movement, but understanding them can also get your head spinning. So let’s take a moment to break down the differences between them. … [Read more...]


Baselworld 2015: Blancpain Villeret Grand Date (Updated with Live Photos)

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At Baselworld 2015, Blancpain adds a new watch to the Villeret Collection: the Blancpain Villeret Grand Date. It will be the first big-date watch in the Villeret line, and it recasts a caliber that Blancpain presented in 2005. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Specials: 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. As we approach Baselworld 2015, let's revisit my top five dive watches from last year's Baselworld and compare them to my final list of top five dive watches from all the new models introduced in 2014. … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

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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...]


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...]


7 Standout Tourbillon Watches Launched in 2014

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Baselworld 2015 is just around the corner, and we expect that, as per usual, there will be a number of new tourbillon watches among the offerings. While we wait and wonder, here's a look back at last year's most interesting, clever, and daring variations on the now-ubiquitous tourbillon watch. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches

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As the watch world prepares for new releases at Baselworld 2015, we revisit my year-end "Top 10" lists for 2014, all originally posted on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. We have already looked at my favorite new chronograph watches. This time, the focus is on last year's top dress watches for men. … [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...]


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...]


Watch Insider: My Top 10 Watches From Baselworld 2014

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With the start of Baselworld 2015 just over a month away, I thought now would be an ideal time to look back on my personal favorite watches from last year's Baselworld, first published on my blog, Watch-Insider.com. Let me know if you agree with my choices (listed here in alphabetical order) and feel free to share your own favorites in the comments box below. … [Read more...]


Close-Up: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

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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...]