To add to Blancpain’s list of being a successful maker of diver’s watches, racing watchers, classic watches and high-end complex avant garde watches, they are also one of the world’s leading movement manufacturers. The fact that independent craftsmanship goes on inside the building of their Vallee de Joux design house, gives them plenty of flexibility when it comes to creating their own innovations from start to finish.
Movement decoration and engraving is an integral part of Blancpain’s manufacturing process. They consider the aesthetics of a movement to be almost as important as the performance of the engine itself and this is one of the reasons that so many of their models are kittled out with a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback. Blancpain like nothing better than to show of the length and breadth of their innovative spirit – they certainly don’t want their hard work to go unnoticed and sealed away under a sheet of metal for the wearer to forget about. Engraved scenes are also adorned to the surface of some of Blancpain’s movements. It takes hundreds of hours under the microscope to complete this process – another design feature that makes Blancpain so distinct within the luxury wristwatch industry.
Blancpain’s vast array of movements is testament to the Swiss company’s focus on traditional watch manufacture. Blended with a modern approach to aesthetics, these movements a more than just an engine – they are a work of art, showing off some of the company’s most complex and meticulous skills. Finishing, decorating and testing must then take place. The movement is carefully assembled and tested before being completely disassembled again, cleaned and then reassembled once more. This time consuming and expensive process ensures that every Blancpain watch is quality controlled in the same way whilst also ensuring the wearer gets to appreciate a performance that feels and looks brand new.
As a UK stockist of automatic Blancpain watches, our collection is varied and features the likes of the powerful-looking Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch range, many of which come equipped with the 1315 movement, which provides an impressive 120 hour power reserve. The movement was first produced in 2007 and uses a glucydur free sprung balance with gold regulation screws. The movement features in designs like the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch with black dial and bezel, and a stainless steel bracelet. The luminous coated detailing on the dial and unidirectional rotating bezel allows the wearer to reference vital information whilst in deep, dark depths of water. The movement itself is protected inside a robust 300 meter water resistant casing for ensuring superb performance. Other movements like those seen in the Villeret Ultra Slim models are those such as the Blancpain calibre 1150 movement, which comprises 220 individual components, all hand assembled before being put on display through the watch’s sapphire-backed case. If you would like additional information on any of Blancpain’s movements, please call our store or visit us where our watch team will me more than happy to assist you further.