Innovation is at the heart of Blancpain. But their constant technological advances are never at the expense of the heart and soul passion that their benchmark quality timepieces inspire. Blancpain’s tradition of fine manufacture watchmaking stretches back to 1735 and continues strongly today. Discover the many and varied worlds of Blancpain through Time+Tide.

"Somebody at the logistics company had stolen my watch" – or how Kelvin was reunited with his Blancpain 

Generally speaking, watch collectors fear three things: brick walls, unforeseen service costs, and the vagaries of international shipping. I'm not sure about points one and two, but Kelvin has certainly come up against the whims of global logistics conglomerates. But, before you get too stressed out, it's OK – he won! Or got very lucky, depending on how you look at it.  Not to steal Kelvin's thunder, but this Blancpain L-Evolution, from the late-oughts, was the first watch he fell…

This old Blancpain Air Command commands an impressive price at auction

One of the surprise highlights from the recent Swatch-stravaganza that was Time to Move was Blancpain's Air Command – a really neat reissue of an historic pilot's chronograph. It's fair to say that prior to this release, knowledge of the Air Command was limited to hardcore Blancpain fans and seasoned professionals. Well, the timing couldn't have been better for the Phillips & Blackbird Sports auction, held in Hong Kong recently. As Lot 814 was an exceptionally rare original version. This…

HANDS-ON: Dressy but not delicate, the Blancpain Villeret Extra Flat 6605 

Increasingly, I'm finding myself drawn to watches that are understated, unassuming expressions of classical perfection. Which goes a long way to explaining why I was so into the Blancpain Villeret Extra Flat.  This is an exquisitely simple watch. Two hands, no date and a manually wound movement. A pure expression of classical watchmaking if ever I saw one. It's also very classic in its proportions – the steel (also offered in gold) case is 40mm across by a svelte 7.4mm…

INTRODUCING: The Blancpain Air Command

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…

INTRODUCING: The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 'Nageurs de Combat' 

Like it or not, the origin story of Blancpain's famous diver is inseparable from that of naval warfare. The development of the original watch was driven by two men, Captain Robert Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, who were in charge of a newly formed French unit, the Combat Swimmers — or Nageurs de Combat. They came up with a list of ideal characteristics for the perfect underwater wristwatch, one suited to their very specific needs. And, in 1953, Blancpain managed…

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