Blancpain is unique in the world of watchmaking, as it is the only house that has mastered the art of placing a carrousel in a wristwatch. Carrousels were originally conceived to defy gravity and the associated rate errors incurred when the watch is in a vertical position. In this way, carrousels are like tourbillons. But watch connoisseurs often get confused in trying to understand how carrousels and tourbillons differ from each other. Fortunately, Blancpain has created two watches that are perfect vehicles for understanding the similarities and differences between carrousels and tourbillons: its Le Brassus Tourbillon Carrousel from two years ago, the L-Evolution C Tourbillon Carrousel, which debuted at Baselworld 2015. Our visit to the world’s oldest watch brand’s complicated workshop in Le Brassus allows us to place the movement under a microscope and closely examine these two timing elements to show how they are the same and how they are different.
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