When we were shown the new Blancpain products at Time to Move, we expected to see Fifty Fathoms and Villeret. We did not expect a pilot’s chronograph.
But, oh boy, was the Blancpain Air Command a pleasant surprise. On its face, this 500-piece limited edition is a very handsome heritage-styled number, with a 42.5mm steel case, topped with glass box sapphire and a distinctly Fifty Fathoms-esque rotating bezel, with that lozenge-shaped pip at 12. The handset is particularly elegant, with matchstick-shaped hands in white, filled with an ivory-toned, vintage-look lume. The heritage feel is picked up on the dial, which is a bi-compax flyback, with the same vintage-look luminous Arabic numerals, and a tachymeter scale.
The movement is the F388B, a 5Hz movement that is buttery smooth to actuate. The overall historic tone of the piece is finished off with a nicely patina’d calf strap. It might not have been the Blancpain we were expecting, but it’s very, very nice indeed.
Blancpain Air Command price
Blancpain Air Command, limited to 500 pieces, $24,750 AUD