Blancpain

Blancpain is the oldest surviving watchmaking brand in the world. Founded in Switzerland in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the company is best known for its exquisite craftsmanship, horological innovation and commitment to traditional watchmaking techniques. Today, early examples of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms model and the 1735 Grande Complication wristwatch are among the most prized Blancpain watches at auction.

Jehan-Jacques Blancpain set up his first workshop in his home in Villeret in 1735. In 1815, his great-grandson Frédéric-Louis Blancpain modernised the Villeret atelier to increase productivity and quality. He also modified the watch escapement design and developed Blancpain’s signature ultra-thin construction.

In 1830, as industrialisation took hold, Frédéric-Louis’s son launched the construction of the largest watch factory in Villeret. In 1932, the family business was taken over by Betty Fiechter, who would go on to become the first female CEO of a leading watchmaking company.

During the 20th century, Blancpain introduced new complications including the Blancpain moon phase indicator and the world’s smallest minute-repeater movement. It also revived interest in the tourbillon mechanism. Watches with the Blancpain tourbillon mechanism now feature in all the brand’s major collections.

The 20th century also saw the launch of Blancpain’s most famous watches. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms model was first introduced in 1953 and has since been reimagined many times. Produced in collaboration with the elite French diving corps, it was revered for its robust construction, water-resistant level and dial-mounted internal humidity indicators. The Fifty Fathoms collection also includes the Blancpain Barakuda and a range of Blancpain Bathyscaphe models. Today, a Fifty Fathoms watch is a mainstay of many important Blancpain dive watch collections.

Firmly anchored in tradition, the Blancpain Villeret collection features models with minimalist dials, timeless design and complications, such as moon phase indicators. The Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet embodies Blancpain’s classic design ethos.

The Blancpain Air Command models are distinguished by their vintage military design and two separate timekeeping features: a Blancpain flyback chronograph function and a countdown bezel.

First introduced in the mid 1990s, the Blancpain Leman series is now one of the brand’s most recognisable watch families. Leman watches have an elegant yet sporty design and often feature several complications, including chronographs and moon phase indicators. Signature Leman models include the Blancpain Aqua Lung and the Blancpain Aqua Lung Grande Date, which was first introduced in 2005.

When it comes to Blancpain women’s watches, the Ladybird models are among the most elegant and refined. Blancpain Ladybird watches are assembled by hand and finished exclusively with mechanical movements.

Blancpain watch prices vary significantly at auction. The top price for a Blancpain watch at Christie’s was achieved in 2007, when a rare limited-edition Blancpain minute repeater wristwatch sold for HKD 2,040,000.

宝珀,罕有,铂金一套六枚腕表

1. A PLATINUM MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH; 2. A PLATINUM TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH POWER RESERVE AND DATE; 3. A PLATINUM AUTOMATIC PERPETUAL CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES AND LEAP YEAR INDICATION; 4. A PLATINUM AUTOMATIC SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE; 5. A PLATINUM AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES; 6. A PLATINUM WRISTWATCH PLATINUM MASTERPIECE COLLECTION, ALL NUMBERED 63/99

BLANCPAIN. A LADY'S UNIQUE 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, RUBY AND EMERALD-SET WRISTWATCH

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, LADYBIRD MODEL, UNIQUE PIECE, CIRCA 1995

BLANCPAIN. A LADY'S UNIQUE 18K WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND, SAPPHIRE AND RUBY-SET WRISTWATCH

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, LADYBIRD MODEL, UNIQUE PIECE, CIRCA 1995

BLANCPAIN. A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTRE SECONDS AND NO RADIATIONS DIAL

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, FIFTY FATHOMS MODEL, CASE NO. 301’025, 30, MANUFACTURED IN 1965

Blancpain. A Fine and large platinum limited edition automatic flying carrousel wristwatch with date

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, CARROUSEL, NO. 22/288, MOVEMENT NO. 0036, MANUFACTURED IN 2010

BLANCPAIN. A RARE AND UNIQUE 18K PINK GOLD MINUTE REPEATING WRISTWATCH WITH EXPLICIT AUTOMATON

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, PIECE UNIQUE, REPETITION MINUTES MODEL, CIRCA 2000

Blancpain. A fine and rare platinum automatic minute repeating perpetual calendar wristwatch

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, REF. 5335-1418, RÉPÉTITION MINUTES, NO. 22, CIRCA 1995

BLANCPAIN. A VERY RARE AND ATTRACTIVE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTER SECONDS AND 'NO RADIATIONS' BLACK GLOSSY DIAL

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, RETAILED BY AQUA LUNG, FIFTY FATHOMS 'NO RAD' MODEL, CASE NO. 301'039, CIRCA 1960s

Blancpain. A Rare Stainless Steel Automatic Diver's Wristwatch

Signed Blancpain, Aqua-Lung, 1000 Feet, Antimagnetic, No. 4390, Circa 1958

BLANCPAIN. AN 18K PINK GOLD TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH 8 DAY POWER RESERVE

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, FIFTY FATHOMS MODEL, NO. 222, REF. 5025, CIRCA 2009

Blancpain. A fine limited edition platinum tourbillon wristwatch with date and eight day power reserve

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, TOURBILLON, NO. 77/99, PLATINUM MASTERPIECE COLLECTION, MANUFACTURED IN 1992

BLANCPAIN. A FINE AND RARE PLATINUM AUTOMATIC LIMITED EDITION WRISTWATCH WITH RUNNING EQUATION OF TIME, PERPETUAL CALENDAR, ORIGINAL WARRANTY AND BOX

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, VILLERET EQUATION DU TEMPS MARCHANTE MODEL, LIMITED EDITION 35/50, REF. 6038-3442-55B, CIRCA 2008

BLANCPAIN. A FINE AND RARE 18K PINK GOLD AUTOMATIC TOURBILLON WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND POWER RESERVE

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, LEMAN TOURBILLON, MOVEMENT NO. 412, CASE NO. 82, CIRCA 2007

Blancpain. A fine and rare 18K gold minute repeating wristwatch with original authentication letter

SIGNED BLANCPAIN, RÉPÉTITION MINUTES, NO. XIX/XXV, MANUFACTURED IN 1987