The 100-foot rod goes further, Blancpain breaks through the boundaries of watchmaking and continuously improves the complex functions of watches, creating a profound and rich brand value. The tourbillon has been around for more than two centuries. On the 25th anniversary of the world’s first thinnest flying tourbillon equipped with Calibre23 movement, Blancpain reinterpreted and further refined this design for offsetting Complex design, showing the masterpiece of traditional watchmaking.
Just like all Blancpain self-produced movements, the new Calibre242 movement was also born in Blancpain’s powerful watchmaking movement factory, integrating and further enhancing all the outstanding performance of the Calibre25 movement developed in 1988. At that time, Calibre25 broke the record and became the world’s first self-winding tourbillon with an 8-day power reserve; the new movement has a power reserve of up to 12 days, and such extraordinary features are only supported by a barrel. It is hard to imagine. The movement consists of 243 parts, with a diameter of only 30.60 mm and a thickness of only 6.10 mm. It is equipped with a silicon balance spring and pallet for reducing the influence of magnetic fields.
The new tourbillon watch combines Blancpain’s superb watchmaking skills and elegant appearance. Through the back of the sapphire crystal, every detail of the movement is imperfectly presented: the automatic winding device and the power reserve device are integrated into one to create a thin and smart structure. The oscillating weight is completely openworked with openwork and cut edges to provide more space for decorative watches. The movement’s bridge and power reserve disk are also completely decorated with ancestral hand-crafted decoration techniques, which are meticulous and elegant; the large steel wheels use the design of beveled rims to create a more precise and elegant contrast effect.
Through the enlarged floating tourbillon frame at 12 o’clock, you can see the full picture of the balance wheel and escape wheel from the dial. This watch is equipped with a flying tourbillon. There is no support bridge above the frame, so you can see the complex structure of the entire device. The tourbillon rotates every minute to offset the effect of gravity. Both the dial and the painted Roman numeral hour markers on the dial are made of big fire enamel, which is gorgeous and shiny, and the hollow willow-shaped hands walk lightly and elegantly on it.
The new tourbillon watch has a diameter of 42 mm and is available in both platinum and 18K red gold. Available in limited edition in platinum; 18K red gold with chocolate alligator strap, alzavel calf leather lining, and triple folding clasp.