With its new Chronograph Large Date Watch, Blancpain presents an exquisite blend of classic elegance, feminine beauty, luxury and high-end technology. A layout on the alluring mother-of-pearl dial is brought to aesthetical perfection, while its sparkling frame, adorned with precious stones, gives the watch a glamorous note. This striking ladies’ timepiece will be officially presented at the upcoming watch show in Basel.
Blancpain has the long tradition of making stylish ladies’ pieces with self-winding mechanisms. The brand’s new Chronograph Large Date watch nicely reinterprets the classical design, giving it a new modern lure. A sky blue mother-of-pearl dial is the part that I particularly like. At the 12 o’clock position, as it is usually called there is a vintage, off-centered time display, with Roman numerals, indicating hours and minutes. It is separated from the central part of the dial by two waves of 17 variously sized diamonds.
Bellow this thrilling decoration, there are two chronograph displays – the 12-hour counter, located at the 9 o’clock position and the 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position. With their Arabic numerals, they make an interesting contrast with the Roman numeral display. They are not particularly functional, but it is obvious that the renowned watchmaker purposely create this kind of interface, in order to reach a unique aesthetical effect. Interestingly, in the center of the dial, there is only a chronograph seconds hand, while the double-disc large date display takes the 6 o’clock position.
The new Blancpain Chronograph Large Date watch has an 18-carat red gold case, with the diameter of 38.6mm which is pretty large for a ladies’ watch. There is also a choice of stainless steel and white gold versions. The most striking part of the watch is its sparkling bezel, completely set with 40 diamonds with the total of 2.105 karats. The final touch of elegance comes with a white ostrich leather strap (the watch comes with an additional strap in different color and material – it is not specified which one).
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal covers both sides of the watch, providing a clear look on an in-house Calibre 26F8G self-winding movement and its beautiful finishes, especially its petal-shaped oscillating weight. This mechanism comprises 495 components and 44 jewels, and it ensures 40 hours of power-reserve.